Interim coaching, first aid and safeguarding criteria for new FA Charter Standard Applications during the 2020/21 Season:
Existing FA Charter Standard accredited clubs
Interim criteria for existing FA Charter Standard clubs during the 2020/2021 season will be the same as above for youth teams and adult teams, whilst the annual health check process will be suspended for the 2020/2021 season to support clubs as they manage COVID impacts.
Accreditation status for existing FA Charter Standard accredited adult, youth, development and community clubs will be extended until the 2021/22 season whilst we suspend the annual health check for the 2020/21 season.
Whilst no validation of criteria will take place this season we expect existing FA Charter Standard accredited clubs with:
- any new youth teams or a newly named manager/coach are to adhere to satisfying the interim criteria for youth teams below.
- any new adult teams or a newly named first aider with any adult team are to adhere to satisfying the interim criteria for adult teams below.
FA Charter standard youth teams - Interim position 2020/21
Requirements of all clubs with youth teams
- All youth team officials (managers/assistant managers/coaches/assistant coaches) must have an in-date accepted FA DBS
- The Club Welfare Officer must have an accepted in date FA DBS, Safeguarding for Committee Members, attended the Safeguarding Children Workshop and have attended the Welfare Officer Workshop. A further udpate will communicated during the 2020/21 season around the delivery of the Safeguarding Children Workshop and Welfare Officer Workshop.
- All clubs with youth teams must have their Secretary, Club Welfare Officer, Chairperson and Treasurer complete The FA Safeguarding for Committee Members online course.
Requirements for FA Charter Standard accreditation
- One team official per youth team (named manager or named coach on the FA Whole Game System) should have The FA level one in coaching football qualification (or above) with in date IFAiF and in date FA Safeguarding Children workshop (SCW). However if this person does not yet have these qualifications they may as an as an interim measure have completed the new free online course The FA Playmaker supported by BT.
- If the named manager or coach of a youth team is part way through their FA Level one course and has not completed the Safeguarding Children Workshop (SCW) they must as an interim complete The FA ‘Safeguarding for All’.
- If the named manager or coach of a youth team is part way through their FA Level one course and has not completed the Introductory to first aid in football (IFAiF) qualification they are to provide evidence of completing the online FA modules for Sudden Cardiac Arrest and Concussion.
- Team officials with SCW must keep their qualification in date using the free online safeguarding children recertification, available here.
- The FA Playmaker supported by BT is encouraged for all named managers, coaches, assistant managers and assistant coaches who do not have FA Level 1 in Coaching Football or above.
- Safeguarding For All is encouraged for anyone with a role in the club who is over 14 years old - for example young leaders, parents, catering staff/volunteers, committee members etc. This is encouraged to build a greater level of safeguarding awareness throughout the club
FA Charter Standard Adult Teams - Interim position 2020/21
Requirements for all clubs with players U18
- All team officials (managers/assistant managers/coaches/assistant coaches) in teams with under 18s must have an in date accepted FA DBS Requirements for FA Charter Standard accreditation
- All team officials (managers/assistant managers/coaches/assistant coaches) who do not hold an in date The FA Introduction to First Aid in Football (IFAiF), or an accepted Non-FA qualification at the point of renewal, are to provide evidence of completing the online FA modules for Sudden Cardiac Arrestand Concussion.Best Practice
- Everyone working with open age adult disability teams in Adult CS clubs is strongly encouraged to complete the free online course ‘Guide to Safeguarding Adults’
- All team officials (managers/assistant managers/coaches/assistant coaches) in teams with under 18s are encouraged to complete Safeguarding For All and may also wish to complete The FA Playmaker supported by BT