County Welfare



Sara Mallett is the County Welfare Officer for Guernsey FA. Sara is responsible for supporting clubs with all welfare issues and is available to attend club and/or league meetings to ensure the appropriate safeguarding and welfare practices are evident and visible throughout football in Guernsey.

Safeguarding Children - Making Football Safe

Safeguarding children is a key priority of the FA's and Guernsey FA are committed to ensuring good practice is employed with Club and Representative Football in the Island. The principal aim is to have someone at every club in Guernsey aware of Child Protection and Best Practice.

As part of it's National Game Strategy, the FA is keen to eliminate abuse and poor practice. Safeguarding children is about ensuring the correct practices are implemented to allow children and young people the opportunity to enjoy the game without fear of abuse of any kind. That includes bullying, physical, emotional or sexual abuse and neglect.

The FA believes that football can have a powerful and positive influence on children and young people. This requires that everyone involved in football must accept responsibility for looking after those children and young people who want to play the game.

In order to support these aims the FA has appointed County Welfare Officers throughout the country and is working towards developing a network of trained volunteers who will be the Club Welfare Officers (CWO's)

Affiliation to the Guernsey FA requires mandatory compliance for all clubs with youth teams to have a named Club Welfare Officer who has completed the FA's enhanced CRC, Safeguarding Children workshop and Welfare Officer workshop. Consequently clubs with youth teams will only be able to achieve and retain affiliation with Guernsey FA if they adhere to these criteria.

Criminal Record Checks
CRC's help to create a safer environment and identify those who may pose a risk to children and vulnerable adults. They are a way of checking an individual's history to make sure they do not have any convictions that might mean they are not safe to work with children.

What you need to know about Criminal Records Checks

The FA established CRC's as a step towards safeguarding children in football.

This information will help both those applying for an FA Enhanced CRC and those authorised to verify any application, before it is further processed.

All people who are working directly with children and young people in football need to have an FA Enhanced CRC. This means that if you care for, train, supervise or have sole care of children and young people under the age of 18 in football, as part of your normal Club or County duties, you need to have an FA Enhanced CRC.

Should you require any further information please call the Football Development Department on 01481 200443

Policies and procedures
•    Club Safeguarding Children Policy
•    Anti-bullying Template

Advice and Support
•    Advice and Support for individuals receiving a disclosure
•    Advice and support for those who have experienced abuse
•    Information for those against who, a complaint of poor practice has been made
•    Celebrating Football through photographs and video
•    Choosing a club for a child
•    Stay Safe, Have fun
•    Changing Rooms and Showers – Best Practice Guidance

Safe Recruitment
•    Appointing A club Welfare Officer
•    Appointing A Youth League Welfare Officer
•    Roles and Responsibilities of a youth league welfare officer
•    Volunteer reference form

Welfare Downloads
•    Overplay Injuries

Social networking sites/ club websites/ Club communications with players/ referees etc
•    Social networking, websites, mobile phones and email communications
•    Running a website – Do and Don’ts
•    Responsible use of social networking
•    Communicating responsibly with young leaders, coaches and referees u18s
•    Using Texts and emails with u18s- do’s and don’ts
•    Guidance for parents and carers
•    Guidance for u18s

Social Networking Statement - The FA

Equality Downloads
•    Pregnancy


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