Disclosure Barring Service - DBS

It is a mandatory regulation that anyone working with children and vulnerable adults in football, whether paid or voluntary, on a regular basis must undertake an FA Criminal Records Check (formally CRB). Failure to comply can lead to a suspension from all youth football and football activity for non-compliance.

Remember that CRC’s through The FA are mandatory and an important part of the recruitment process, but CRC’s should only be part of the process when recruiting new people into your club or league. This can mean taking up references from other clubs or organisations where the individual has had involvement with children, inviting him/her to an informal interview/meeting with the Club Welfare Officer and other members of the Club Management Committee, chatting through how the Club/League operates, do they hold similar views to Respect, codes of conduct and perhaps having a period of monitoring and supervision.

Online applications

Club Welfare Officers are now able to complete The FA CRC process online at a cost of only £10 if you are a volunteer, or £54 for non-volunteers. This is a secure, simple and faster process for undertaking the FA CRC, checks are usually completed within a week of submission. Please contact your Club or League Welfare Officer for login details to access this service.

If you are a Club Welfare Officer and would like to register to use this service, please send an email to FAChecks@TheFA.com  – you will receive a Club Registration Form which you will need to complete and return to FAChecks@TheFA.com.  Once this is received, access to the online service will be created for your club. You will receive two emails – one will confirm your personal login details needed to activate your account as a verifier, the other will provide all the information you require to check your club members. Please note these details are unique to your club registration and should be retained for future reference. Once your club has been registered you will receive an FA CRC Online Club Guidance email confirming your club access details with an FA CRC Online Club Applicant Guidance attachment detailing application instructions for your club members.

For more information, please contact James Herbert, Designated Safeguarding Officer – james.herbert@lincolnshirefa.com / 07973666778 or alternately contact Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officer -  Louise.tideswell@plan4sport.co.uk


Criminal Records Checks
Whole Game System
Referee Registration