The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) have merged to become the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). CRB checks are now called DBS checks.
Vulnerable groups of people need to be protected and CRB / DBS checks assist in ensuring that the most suitable people are appointed to roles working with these vulnerable groups.
It is a ‘Legal’ requirement, any adult involved in football, working/in contact with youth players, must have an FA Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check.
To arrange an FA DBS please contact your Club Welfare Officer, who will start the process for you.
Referee’s must have an FA DBS to officiate in ‘Youth’ football. These can be arranged by contacting Devon County FA, who will email a link to start the process.
FA Safeguarding Children Certificate
It is an FA requirement that any adult involved in football, working/in contact with youth players, must attend an FA Course ‘FA Safeguarding Children’, following which a ‘Certificate’ is issued.
Working with Youth Players
Prior to working with Youth Players, adults must obtain an FA DBS Check & have an FA Safeguarding Children Certificate. Only once the adults details have been added to the FA WGS can they be allowed to have contact with Youth Players.
Details of the following FA Courses can be found here
FA Safeguarding Children
FA Emergency First Aid