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Child Welfare Officer

Why do Football Clubs have a Child Welfare Officer?

The club Child Welfare Officer plays a fundamental role in the creation of a child-centred ethos that promotes the positive aspects of football. 

This can be achieved by communicating to every adult in the club that they have a duty of care to safeguard the welfare of children and young people to protect them from inappropriate behaviour and to promote a culture of safety and FUN. 

To do this, a club Child Welfare Officer requires certain knowledge and skills – some of which are a pre-requisite for the role, and others that can be obtained through training and experience. The Club Welfare Officer should be the first point of contact for anyone who feels the need to raise concerns about poor practice and/or abuse.