Safeguarding and CRCs

The Lincolnshire FA is responsible for the safeguarding welfare of children and vulnerable adults involved in grassroots football and run a series of courses and training events for clubs, handle safeguarding issues and manage the new Criminal Records Check process.


It is now a mandatory requirement for all youth football Clubs and Leagues to have a qualified Welfare Officer in place before they can affiliate to the Lincolnshire FA.

The Lincolnshire FA work closely with the FA to ensure that all the relevant Safeguarding Children policies and practices are being adopted by all our youth leagues and clubs throughout the county in order to protect children and protect the interests of our clubs. 

The FA has a simple three part approach to help everyone;

  • Getting the right people involved - carrying out references and CRB checks
  • Creating a safe environment - Codes of conduct, education and best practice
  • Promoting clear systems to deal with any concerns, policy and procedures

Criminal Records Checks

Criminal Records Checks (CRCs) replaced the previous CRB check system in early 2013.  CRC checks assess an individuals criminal records history and allow the FA to make an informed decision on whether that person is suitable for a position working with children and vulnerable adults.  Clubs can now register for CRC checks online;

Safeguarding Children Workshop

Safeguarding Children is a 3-hour workshop which covers a number of issues surrounding the welfare of children and vulnerable adults.  The course is a compulsory part of most FA qualifications including coaching awards, and the Lincolnshire FA run several courses each month.  Courses can be booked online via the Lincolnshire FA website.

Click HERE to visit Lincolnshire FA's Book Courses Online Page

If you have already completed a Safeguarding Children workshop, and need to refresh it; you can now complete this online.

Please click HERE to find the course.

County Welfare Officer

The Lincolnshire County FA's Welfare Officer is Gary Rooney.  If you need more information on safeguarding or welfare contact Gary on 08449 67 07 08 or gary.rooney@lincolnshirefa.com  

Useful Links

Click the links below to find out more from the FA's website about safeguarding and welfare.


Criminal Records Checks
Book Online Here