Brackley Town FC Welfare Officer
Posted for Brackley Town Football Club
Brackley Town FC would like to strengthen their Welfare Team by recruiting an additional Welfare Officer. This role is a very important, influential and responsible position in the club. The Welfare Team is responsible for ensuring the wellbeing of the children, young people and vulnerable adults who attend the club or take part in its activities.
You will work as part of the established Welfare Team to achieve the best standards for the club. The role is likely to include a combination of observations at training sessions and matches, relevant admin, communication amongst the team and with coaches and parents but specific roles may be shared out amongst the team to suit individual skills and experience.
The Duties of a Welfare Officer may include:
- Assisting the club in ensuring that it’s Safeguarding Policy is enforced and all its responsibilities to safeguard children and vulnerable people are met.
- Assisting the club in maintaining the Safeguarding Policy and ensuring that it meets current moral and legal standards.
- Being familiar with and promoting the FA’s best practice policies on safeguarding, ethics and behaviour and being familiar with legislation for child protection, showing a commitment to keeping your training and qualifications up to date.
- Being a point of contact for club volunteers, young people and parents for any issue concerning child welfare, poor practice or potential / alleged abuse.
- Being a point of contact with the Child Welfare Officer for Northants FA and other relevant local services.
- Ensuring that all incidents are correctly reported and dealt with efficiently and effectively.
- Ensuring that all relevant club members and volunteers have an up-to-date DBS check and keeping accurate records of such checks.
- Ensuring all relevant club members and volunteers have the opportunity to access appropriate child protection training.
- Ensuring that codes of conduct are in place for club volunteers, coaches, players and parents.
- Attending BTFC Leadership Team meetings to advise on child protection issues as necessary and attending league and County FA meetings when appropriate.
- Ensuring confidentiality is maintained and information is only shared on a ‘need to know’ basis.
What you’ll get out of it:
- A sense of giving back.
- The knowledge that you are contributing to the safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults.
- The chance to meet lots of people from different backgrounds and involvement with a large, vibrant and successful club.
- A chance to develop skills and the potential for new training and qualifications.
The following useful, additional guidance is available from the FA.
https://www.thefa.com/-/media/thefacom-new/files/rules-and-regulations/safeguarding/section-5/5-1-appointing-a-welfare-officer-colour-version.ashx https://www.thefa.com/-/media/thefacom-new/files/rules-and-regulations/safeguarding/section-5/5-2-welfare-officers-code-of-conduct-colour-version.ashx https://www.thefa.com/-/media/thefacom-new/files/rules-and-regulations/safeguarding/section-5/5-3-welfare-officers-roles-and-responsibilities-colour-version.ashx https://thebootroom.thefa.com/learning/qualifications/fa-welfare-officers-workshop#available-dates
Skills and Qualities Required:
- To have an understanding of child protection and equalities issues
- To have an understanding of how best practice and the use of criminal records checks can help prevent child abuse
- To be a good communicator, be approachable and be clear and concise
- To be a good listener with an empathy for young people
- To respect confidentiality and be tactful and discreet
- Basic administration skills and the ability to maintain records
- Ability to provide basic guidance
- A child focussed approach
- DBS check required
- Equal Opportunities Policy
- Expenses reimbursed
- Health and Safety Policy
- Ongoing support
- Training provided
- Volunteer induction
- Volunteer Policy
- Volunteers covered by insurance
- Written role description
When do I need to be available?
Approximately 2-3 hours per week
St James Park
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