Become a Welfare Officer

All leagues and clubs with youth teams must have a named Welfare Officer, who has an 'accepted' FA Criminal Record Check (CRC) via The FA Disclosure Unit and who has completed The FA Safeguarding Children and Welfare Officer Workshop.

RESPECT is The Football Association's direct response to a clear message from the grassroots game. We must improve standards of behaviour - on and off the field. Parental behaviour is one of the main reasons why young players drop out of the game. Poor behaviour by coaches, parents and players towards referees means that thousands of officials are dropping out each season.

RESPECT is aimed at helping us all to work together to change the negative attitudes and unacceptable behaviour on the sidelines and on the pitch. It's a long-term commitment. As a Club Welfare Officer (CWO) you have the chance to make a significant contribution to creating positive change.

RESPECT outlines for everyone from league official to player to parent to club official to coach and referee that a certain standard of organisation and behaviour is expected in football. RESPECT is all about creating a fun, safe environment and its core principles work in tandem with Safeguarding Children.

The role of the CWO is key to ensuring that Respect is understood and taken on board by the committee, coaches/managers members and supporters.

In order to assist you with this role we have provided some useful information in the 'Documents' section below on:

•The role of the CWO
•Help and support for you
•Making sure everyone knows who you are 
•Training requirements for this role

To book onto our next Welfare Officer Workshop:

If you need to attend the FA Safeguarding Children Workshop prior to the Welfare Officers Workshop please contact Shirley Needham

If you require any further information please contact Somerset FA County Welfare Officer Shirley Needham on 01458 832359 or