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Manchester FA work closely with The FA to ensure that the relevant policies and procedures are being adopted by all member clubs and leagues throughout Greater Manchester.

As part of The FA’s role in aiming to do everything it can to support a safe and enjoyable framework for football, a new film has been made outlining the four key steps to safeguarding.

The film, featuring Wayne Rooney, Steph Houghton, Jack Rutter and Nathaniel Chalobah explains how both parents and children can raise concerns they have about adults working in football and centered around how the 8,500 safeguarding officers working across England football take the following four steps:

  1. Checked – to ensure adults are suitable to work with youngsters.
  2. Trained – from coaches to referees, all are given suitable safeguarding training.

  3. Hear – concerns from both children and adults will be listened to.

  4. Report – the importance of raising concerns about a child’s welfare.

For more information, click HERE.

Criminal Record Checks (CRCs)

The FA believes that football should be safe and enjoyable for all children and has introduced Criminal Records Checks (CRC) to help in this process. Everyone who is working in regulated activity in grassroots football in Greater Manchester must have an FA CRC.

CRC (also known as DBS) replaced the previous CRB check system in early 2013. CRCs assess an individual’s 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.

1. FA CRC - Club Registration
2. FA CRC - Making An Application
3. FA CRC - The Verification Process
4. FA CRC - Checking The Status Of Your Applicants

Safeguarding Committee Member Training

In April 2017, The FA launched its first online learning course developed specifically for committee members of grassroots football clubs.

The Safeguarding for Committee Members course allows learners to reflect on the safeguards already established in their club while encouraging them to work with their colleagues to keep their club safe and fun for under-18s.

With safeguarding being a key consideration for grassroots clubs, it is a requirement that the Club Secretary, Chairman and Welfare Officer completes this course before membership can be awarded for a club in the 2017-18 season.

You can complete this course by clicking here.

The FA Safer Recruitment Guidance

We know that volunteers are the life force of grassroots football and clubs are dependent on recruiting volunteers. It is extremely important however, when engaging new volunteers, that The FA Safer Recruitment Guidance is followed, this can be accessed by clicking HERE and provides the key steps for taking on new volunteers before they work with children.

More information can also be found, by clicking HERE.

The FA Safeguarding Children Workshop

This is a three-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 upcoming courses can be found by clicking HERE.

The FA Safeguarding Children Workshop can be renewed online for free, but in order to do this you must have already completed a face-to-face, three-hour FA Safeguarding Children Workshop. See the downloadable PDF at the bottom of this page for more.

Want more information?

Please contact Manchester FA by emailing or call 0161 225 1966 and ask for the County Welfare Officer.

It is mandatory for all clubs with youth teams to have a Club Welfare Officer(s). Visit for all the relevant information.

VIDEO: "Let’s make football safe, not sorry!"

The link above is a detailed video, narrated by Graham Le Saux, on the procedures of reporting safeguarding issues. More information can be found by clicking HERE.