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The FA

The FA

Safeguarding Case Officer


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Jan 1, 2024


We have a great opportunity for a Safeguarding Case Officer to join our Legal and Governance team. The successful candidate will assess risk and investigate criminal records information, referred allegations or concerns concerning individuals who may pose a safeguarding risk to children or Adults at Risk (AAR) in affiliated football, and implement risk management plans where appropriate.

About the Team

Working to protect the integrity of football, this team supports the FA as a business, while acting as a regulator both on and off the field. They get involved in everything from behaviour and regulations on the pitch, to checking contracts – and to ensuring young people can enjoy the game in a safe environment.

What will you be doing?

Undertake investigations on criminal records information, allegations or concerns made against individuals within, or seeking to enter, football.
Complete risk assessments and where appropriate, recommend a risk management plan to the Safeguarding Case Manager, Professional Game Safeguarding Manager, Safeguarding Quality Assurance Manager or Head of Safeguarding Case Management.
Prepare comprehensive reports and paperwork for consideration by the Safeguarding Review Panel for cases which require an order in accordance with The FA's Safeguarding Regulations.
Progress cases to their full conclusion within the timescales stipulated by The FA.
Keep all case files up to date by accurately and consistently recording actions taken on cases using The FA's Case Management system, in line with FA Data Protection Policies and protocols and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Code of Practice.
Ensure The FA fulfils its legal duties under the Protection of Freedoms Act, 2012, including referrals to the Disclosure and Barring Service.
Work collaboratively with colleagues within The FA Group and external agencies e.g. County FAs, the professional game, statutory agencies, Local Authority Designated Officers and the Probation Service.
Work with and support the network of Designated Safeguarding Officers in football contribute to regional County FA meetings and assist in the delivery of training, where required at a regional or national level.
Self-reflect on performance, ask for feedback, identify relevant learning needs, attend and effectively prepare for regular supervision and relevant management meetings.
Executes additional tasks as required in order to meet FA Group's changing priorities.
Comply with all company policies and procedures to ensure the highest standards of health, safety and wellbeing can be maintained.
As part of The FA's commitment to ensuring a safe environment for everyone in football, every employee will be required to complete a DBS check. The level of the check required will be based on the activity of the specific job role and in line with legislation and government guidance.

What are we looking for?

Essential for the role:

BA/MA in Social Work, Police Officer (relevant Child Protection), Youth Offending Officer or Probation Officer with a relevant degree or lawyer experienced in child care/family law.
A minimum of 3 years' experience of front-line child protection intervention and/or risk assessment of adult perpetrators, and application of risk assessment tools.
Knowledge of safeguarding frameworks and best practice.
Evidence of child-centred approach and an understanding of children's rights, needs and best interests.
Excellent report writing skills, including risk assessments and risk management report writing and analysis of risk.
Experience in handling sensitive information with discretion.
Proficient skills in Microsoft Office.
Flexible approach to hours and travel.
Evidence of continuous training and development.
Emotional resilience.

Beneficial to have:

Experience of working in a regulatory environment.
Knowledge of relevant child protection legislation, and delivery agencies such as the Disclosure and Barring Service and the Child Protection in Sport Unit.
Experience of working in football.
Knowledge of mental wellbeing strategies and managing cases in relation to adults at risk.

What's in it for you?

We are committed to ensuring everyone can flourish in their roles, to achieve this we have unique office spaces under the arch of the iconic Wembley National Stadium, which is the home of English Football. We are also delighted to offer a world-class, Elite Performance Centre, St. George's Park in Staffordshire which is an exceptional setting to develop and inspire high-performing England teams and leaders.

We pride ourselves in offering a competitive salary as well as great opportunities to develop and grow in your role. But that is not all; we also have a range of exciting benefits, some of which can be found below:

Access to event day tickets at Wembley Stadium, alongside a host of regular internal events throughout the season encouraging you to connect and learn with your colleagues and look after your mental health and wellbeing.
Free, nutritious lunches, at Wembley Stadium and St. George's Park.
Free private medical cover.
A contributory pension scheme.
An additional Thank You days leave, volunteering days as well as 25 days annual leave.
A hybrid working model offering flexibility on where you work.

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