Safeguarding & Welfare Officer

Role of the Club Welfare Officer

My name is Marion Needham and I am the Club Welfare Officer , the requirements of this role are clearly defined by the FA as follows:

  • Ensure everyone in the club knows who the Club Welfare Officer is and how to make contact.
  • Refer any club child protection or poor practice to the Cheshire County FA Welfare Officer.
  • Seek advice from the NSPCC Helpline if the Cheshire FA County Welfare Officer is unavailable or in circumstances of child protection urgency.
  • Seek advice from local Children’s Services or the police in an emergency.
  • Encourage the club to discuss and implement the FA’s Safeguarding Children Policy and Vulnerable Adults Policy.
  • Encourage the club to utilize the FA’s Safeguarding Children guidelines on recruiting volunteers and always requesting and following up references.
  • Encourage the club to discuss and implement he FA’s Safeguarding Children guidelines on the use of images and organizing travel, trips and tournaments.
  • Implement and enforce Criminal Record Checks via the FA CRB for the following:
      • Welfare officers
      • Coaches
      • Managers
      • First aiders
      • Any volunteer who has regular contact with either children or vulnerable adults

I can be contacted by email: or or 07739351711

For additional information please see the Chester FC Safeguarding Policy here