Safeguarding for Committee Members

Safeguarding for Committee Members online course

On 3 April 2017 The FA will be launching a free online safeguarding course for club committee members. The secretary, chairman, treasurer and club welfare officer in all clubs with under 18 teams outside the Premier League (PL), English Football League (EFL) and The FA Women’s Super League (WSL) will be required to take this course before affiliation to their County FA (CFA) can be awarded. This therefore includes clubs in Steps 1-7 and The FA Women’s Premier League (WPL).

It has always been recommended that committee members should have safeguarding training and this new online course will be tailored to meet their needs while taking less than an hour to complete. It will help ensure that committee members understand their role in safeguarding children and can support their club welfare officer to embed safeguards throughout club activities.

The course will be open for CFA and FA staff to try from 27 March. The course will open for committee members on 3 April.

The link, guidance notes and these FAQs should not be shared outside FA and CFA staff. This is to ensure all aspects of the course are performing and all records updating prior to launching it officially.

This is to ensure all aspects of the course are performing and all records updating prior to launching it officially.

FAQs
What does the course cover?

 The content incudes a reflection on effective committees, the role of the committee in CRCs and safer recruitment, building a safe club and recognising and reporting harm and abuse.

Who must do this course?

The secretary, chairman, treasurer and club welfare officer in all clubs with under 18 teams outside the PL, EFL and The FA WSL. This therefore includes clubs in Steps 1-7 and The FA WPL.

The secretary, chairman, treasurer and club welfare officer in all clubs with under 18 teams outside the PL, EFL and The FA WSL. This therefore includes clubs in Steps 1-7 and The FA WPL.

Who else should be encouraged to do this course?

All club committee members are encouraged to take this course.

All club committee members are encouraged to take this course.

League committee members can take the course if they wish as this will enable them to see the messages their clubs have received but we believe a more bespoke communication would also be useful and will reflect on this as part of the review process.

County board/council members can take the course if they wish to as again, this will enable them to see the messages their clubs have received.

The course is ‘open access’ so clubs have the freedom to ensure committee members in diverse roles can access it.

If committee members have taken other safeguarding training do they still need to do this?

Yes. While messages are consistent in all safeguarding training they are approached from a different perspective and this course is designed to help the committee work together with a shared understanding.

Yes. While messages are consistent in all safeguarding training they are approached from a different perspective and this course is designed to help the committee work together with a shared understanding.

Will club welfare officers need to take this course even if they have taken the welfare officer workshop (WOW)?

Yes. It will provide a refresher for established club welfare officers and means they will be able to have shared conversations with others on the committee.

Yes. It will provide a refresher for established club welfare officers and means they will be able to have shared conversations with others on the committee.

Does the course replace any other training?

The course does not replace any other training. Coaches who are committee members will still need to take the How We Support (Safeguarding Children) two hour course as part of their FA Level 1 in Coaching Football and keep this safeguarding record up to date if they are a named coach in a Charter Standard Club or are a licensed coaches club member.

The course does not replace any other training. Coaches who are committee members will still need to take the How We Support (Safeguarding Children) two hour course as part of their FA Level 1 in Coaching Football and keep this safeguarding record up to date if they are a named coach in a Charter Standard Club or are a licensed coaches club member.

Can clubs affiliate before completing this course?

Clubs can submit their affiliation details but CFAs cannot complete it until all four post holders have completed the course and it shows on WGS.

Clubs can submit their affiliation details but CFAs cannot complete it until all four post holders have completed the course and it shows on WGS.

Can county staff take the course?

Yes, if they would like to do so. The link will be available for CFA staff from 27 March and FAQs will be on TeamTalk.

Yes, if they would like to do so. The link will be available for CFA staff from 27 March and FAQs will be on TeamTalk.

How will communication be managed?

The WebEx on 21 March shared this information as part of the affiliation update. CEOs will receive these FAQs on 27 March and a presentation will be offered on the next CEO WebEx.

The WebEx on 21 March shared this information as part of the affiliation update. CEOs will receive these FAQs on 27 March and a presentation will be offered on the next CEO WebEx.

The first communication directly with Club Secretaries will be by email centrally from the Whole Game System (WGS) on 3 April. Follow up emails will go to other committee members on the week commencing 10 April.

Counties will have the link, guidance notes on accessing the course and FAQs on TeamTalk and we would welcome CFA support promoting the course after 3 April when the initial communication about affiliation requirements has been sent.

Safeguarding tutors will be informed before the course goes live to committee members. CFA welfare officers will be informed via TeamTalk.

Thefa.com and downloads will be revised. Welfare officer workshop slides will be edited and tutors will be updated.

How will Counties know it’s been completed?

As the course is only accessible through the LMS, on completion the learner’s FAN will be updated automatically and the record will show in the WGS and on the club safeguarding tab. The abbreviation for the course will be ‘SCM’ (Safeguarding for Committee Members). If one person holds muliple roles then all roles will be populated.

As the course is only accessible through the LMS, on completion the learner’s FAN will be updated automatically and the record will show in the WGS and on the club safeguarding tab. The abbreviation for the course will be ‘SCM’ (Safeguarding for Committee Members). If one person holds muliple roles then all roles will be populated.

How can Counties monitor this?

The WGS team will provide a dashboard for CFAs. Individuals will be reminded by emails directly from The FA WGS team at intervals.

The WGS team will provide a dashboard for CFAs. Individuals will be reminded by emails directly from The FA WGS team at intervals.

How long does the course take to complete?

This depends on the committee member. An action plan is provided together with some optional reading and other resources. Some committee members will complete the course in 40 minutes. Others who read the additional resources and reflect on their action plan will take longer.

This depends on the committee member. An action plan is provided together with some optional reading and other resources. Some committee members will complete the course in 40 minutes. Others who read the additional resources and reflect on their action plan will take longer.

What device can be used to access the course?

The course can be accessed on almost any web-enabled device. For an optimal learning experience it is recommended that learners complete the course on a laptop or computer using the Google Chrome browser. However, the course can also be accessed from most mobile and tablet devices.

The course can be accessed on almost any web-enabled device. For an optimal learning experience it is recommended that learners complete the course on a laptop or computer using the Google Chrome browser. However, the course can also be accessed from most mobile and tablet devices.

Online learning will be new to some people how will they manage?

The course has been designed to be as intuitive as possible. Navigational instructions and prompts are included throughout and, for any users who find themselves stuck, a comprehensive help guide tailored to every individual interaction can be found by selecting the ‘?’ button.

The course has been designed to be as intuitive as possible. Navigational instructions and prompts are included throughout and, for any users who find themselves stuck, a comprehensive help guide tailored to every individual interaction can be found by selecting the ‘?’ button.

The education services team have also been briefed on all aspects of the course and will be able to help.

We have discussed this with a rural CFA who felt other committee members would offer support.

How long is the course valid for?

Three years. After three years the certificate will expire and we will offer an update.

Three years. After three years the certificate will expire and we will offer an update.

How will the course be evaluated?

We will be using an online evaluation tool and monitoring responses.

We will be using an online evaluation tool and monitoring responses.

When can staff access the course?

The course will be live for CFA and FA staff to trial on Monday 27 March. Access details should not be shared outside the CFA and FA until after 3 April .This is so any access issues can be identified and rectified in that week.

The course will be live for CFA and FA staff to trial on Monday 27 March. Access details should not be shared outside the CFA and FA until after 3 April .This is so any access issues can be identified and rectified in that week.

How do staff access the course?

Guidance notes will be hosted on TeamTalk on Monday 27 March.

Guidance notes will be hosted on TeamTalk on Monday 27 March.

What if I have got another question?

Please email education@thefa.com 

 

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