The FA

The FA

Safeguarding Case Officer


Role Type



Posting Date

Apr 30, 2022

Role description

Our Organisation

The Football Association [The FA] is the not-for-profit governing body of football in England. It is responsible for promoting and developing every level of the game, from grassroots through to the professional game, and generates significant revenue to support investment into English football each year.

The FA oversees England international teams acrossmen's, women's, youth and disability football, as well as running the National League System and FA Competitions including the Emirates FA Cup, Barclays FA Women's Super League, FAWomen's Championship, and Vitality Women's FA Cup, and the world-class facilities of Wembley Stadium and St. George's Park,all with a purpose to Unite the Game and Inspire the Nation.

The Role

To assess risk and investigate criminal records information, referred allegations or concerns in relation to individuals who may pose a safeguarding risk to children or vulnerable adults in affiliated football, and to implement risk management plans where appropriate.

Key Accountabilities:

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, Safeguarding Investigations 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 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.
Self-reflect on performance, ask for feedback, identify relevant learning needs, attend and effectively prepare for regular supervision and relevant management meetings.
Execute additional tasks as required in order to meet The FA Group changing priorities.
Work with and support the network of Designated Safeguarding Officers in football and contribute to regional County FA meetings and assist in the delivery of training, where required at a regional or national level.

What we are looking for:

BA/MA in Social Work, Police Officer, Youth Offending Officer or Probation Officer with a relevant degree or lawyer experienced in child care/family law.
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.

What we can offer you:

An exciting and challenging role within a changing, dynamic and world-renowned sports organisation.
Attractive benefits and a competitive salary.

Please be aware that unless you are on ahomebased contract, your contract with The FA will specify a fixed location of either Wembley Stadium, St. George's Park or our Processing Centre.

We currently work within a hybrid working model whereby the expectation is to work from your contractual location for part of the week, and as and when required by the team. The remaining days can be worked remotely. We will continue to monitor this model and it may be adjusted in future if deemed necessary.

The Football Association Group promotes inclusion and diversity, and welcomes applications from everyone. If you have any particular requirements in respect of the recruitment or interview process please mention this in your application.

Closing:15 May 2022

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