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Assistant Designated Safeguarding Officer (24 hours per week)

  • Location: Yorkshire
  • Organisation: North Riding FA
  • Salary: £24,500 per annum (pro-rata) + casual car user allowance
  • Closing Date: 24 May 2019 | Policy

Assistant Designated Safeguarding Officer (24 hours per week)

Salary: £24,500 per annum (pro-rata) + casual car user allowance

Location: Yorkshire

Our County Football Association:

Here at North Riding County FA we are responsible for overseeing, promoting and developing local grassroots football and supporting The FA in delivering the National Game strategy.  

The shared values, vision and pride of our workforce is central to our success. We are a team of highly skilled, passionate and hardworking individuals who are committed to the future of grass roots football in Teesside and North Yorkshire .We understand that diversity promotes innovation, and therefore we look for people who are great at what they do, no matter their background.

Overview of the role:

We are seeking to recruit an Assistant Designated Safeguarding Officer to support the Football Operations & Safeguarding Manager in handling all matters relating to safeguarding children, adults at risk and poor practice.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Refer to FA Case Management Safeguarding children and adults at risk abuse concerns and take action(s) in accordance with FA safeguarding regulations, policy and procedures, and as agreed with The FA Safeguarding Team;
  • Ensure all safeguarding referrals are recorded within The FA’s Case Managements system and securely retained in accordance with FA regulations, policies and data protection legislation;
  • Deal with all poor practice concerns relating to children and adults at risk in accordance with FA regulations, safeguarding policy, procedures and disciplinary processes; providing guidance to clubs and leagues, recording incidents of Poor Practice within the CFA’s Recording Systems and seeking guidance from The FA Safeguarding Team as required;
  • Utilise FA IT systems to monitor safeguarding compliance across the grassroots volunteer network and assist in strategic planning;
  • Supporting youth league and Club Welfare Officers to be compliant with safeguarding legislation, FA safeguarding policy, best practice guidance and education programmes;
  • Maintain strong links with key FA staff and attend national FA safeguarding events and CPD courses to ensure knowledge and skills are maintained updated;
  • To address poor behaviour and raise standards in grassroots football, promote safeguarding and creating a culture that celebrates good practice across the County FA;
  • Co-ordinate CFA safeguarding visits & Charter Standard Health Checks, spot checks/audits on clubs throughout the season to ensure they are compliant with the records they have submitted to the CFA;
  • Arrange and deliver CPD events for existing Leagues and Club Welfare Officers;
  • Ensure that any individual helping with any CFA event(s) involving children is suitably trained and is aware of their responsibilities at the event(s).

Who we are looking for:


  • Knowledge of safeguarding children and / or vulnerable group’s legislation.
  • Experience of working as a Designated Person.
  • A child centred approach and ability to maintain this perspective.
  • Clarity about what constitutes poor practice and what is abusive behaviour.
  • Experience of writing reports and compiling case file information.
  • Ability to deal constructively with people’s emotions.
  • Capacity to handle confidential data / information sensitively.
  • Ability to promote best practice and the importance of a safe and fun environment.
  • Demonstrate a working understanding of inclusion, equality and anti-discrimination, safeguarding and best practice.
  • Competent with IT (e.g. Microsoft Office).


  • Knowledge of safeguarding statutory organisations
  • Experience of implementing policies, protocols and guidance
  • Knowledge and understanding of the culture and structure of football (or another sporting body)
  • Knowledge of The FA’s National Game Strategy
  • Working knowledge of FA IT Systems e.g. Whole Game System, CRM
  • Knowledge of different faith and culture requirements of children

What we can offer:

  • An exciting and challenging role within a changing, dynamic sports organisation.
  • A competitive salary and a range of benefits for the right candidate.

The successful applicant will need to be passionate and committed to the development of football at a local level; be able to work under pressure, handle multiple priorities and meet deadlines. They will need to demonstrate exceptional customer service, be able to work as part of a team with excellent planning, communication and presentation skills.

This organisation is committed to safeguarding children and adults at risk of harm. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We expect relevant staff to undertake an FA DBS Enhanced level with a check of the children’s barred list and we expect all staff to sign and adhere to a code of conduct.

For further information on the role please email Steven Wade, Chief Executive at or find details on 

How to apply

To apply, please send a CV and covering letter marked ‘Private and Confidential’ to: Chief Executive, North Riding County Football Association, Broughton Road, Stokesley, TS9 5NY or email to

North Riding County FA promotes inclusion and diversity, and welcomes applications from everyone. If you have any particular requirements in respect of the recruitment or interview process please mention this in your covering letter.

Closing date for applications is 24 May 2019

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