To take responsibility for coordinating all aspects relating to safeguarding and education across the Ladies Team and liaising with the County FA Welfare Officer and The Football Association where necessary.
Duties and responsibilities:
Promoting best practice
To encourage the Ladies players and staff to discuss and implement The FA’s Safeguarding Children best practice guidelines regarding photography, organising travel, trips and tournaments, use of email, text, social networking sites and websites and advice for players;
To promote, support and encourage the benefits of the safeguarding children education and awareness programme; and
To participate in meetings and events organised by the Ladies team and The FA as appropriate (e.g. Induction evenings, FA continued professional development, FA Safeguarding Children Conferences).
To build a relationship and liaise with the CFA Welfare Officer;
To receive and refer to Case Management, child abuse and poor practice concerns and take action as necessary in accordance with FA protocols and procedures and take any action as advised by the statutory agencies;
To ensure all referrals are recorded using the appropriate FA paperwork and securely retained in accordance with FA policies and data protection legislation;
To ensure The FA Case Management Team and Head of Women’s and Girls Football are fully informed and updated about the actions and progress on reported concerns;
To maintain agreed statistics for Case Management;
To seek advice from the FA/NSPCC Helpline if the CFA Welfare Officer is unavailable or in circumstances of child protection urgency;
To seek advice from local Children’s Social Care or the Police in an emergency; and
To seek advice and guidance either from the CFA Welfare Officer or FA Case Management Team on poor practice issues as necessary
Implementation of relevant safeguarding legislation and HM Government guidance
To ensure the Ladies department implement and adhere to The FA’s Safeguarding Children Policy and Procedures ensuring staff are aware of and adhere to these policies and procedures; and
To ensure the Ladies department utilise the FA’s best practice guidelines on recruiting volunteers, requesting and following up references and that all staff and volunteers with direct access to children and/or young people undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
Be the primary contact with Schools and Colleges and answer any queries from schools relating to educational delivery on learning programmes that will be part of the dual career pathway within Women’s Football.
Knowledge and understanding of young female players development and an understanding of their needs;
Ability to maintain a young persons centred approach when carrying out the Welfare Officer role;
Experience of dealing or working with young people;
Knowledge and understanding of child protection;
Ability to communicate effectively in different situations with people from diverse backgrounds;
Empathy when dealing with individuals, sometimes in demanding situations;
Ability to listen and assess situations appropriately;
Commitment and ability to promote safeguarding children and sports equity principles;
Capacity to handle confidential information sensitively; and
Ability to organise, prioritise and meet deadlines
An understanding of the current Ladies structure and the culture of football;
Experience of implementing policies, protocols and guidance;
Knowledge of statutory organisations working in child protection; and
Ability to work in a team environment.
FA Safeguarding Children Workshop certificate (essential);
Proven track record or experience of working within a young person environment; and
Teaching Qualification (desirable).
Application deadline: 12 noon on Tuesday 30th November 2021.