Criminal Records Check

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The FA Criminal Records Check policy for all clubs and members.

Anyone working directly with children and young people in football - such as managers and coaches - must complete and hold a valid and in date FA Criminal Records Checks or CRC.

You may have more than one role in football but you only need one CRC to cover all your involvement in the game. When applying, choose the role in which you have the most frequent contact with U18s.

Important Notice

All individuals working with U18s must have a valid and in-date CRC. Please note that any clubs who's coaches do not comply with this requirement as of 28th February 2017 will face suspension and removal of their affiliation.

Please make sure CRCs are updated before then. See below how to complete your CRC.

Eligibility in simple terms:

Everyone aged 16 years or over who undertakes any unsupervised roles with children must have a valid and in date CRC. CRCs are valid for 3 years.

These roles could be managing, training, coaching and supervising. They include giving advice or guidance on well-being, caring for children or driving a vehicle solely for children on behalf of a club or organisation.

By children, we mean anyone under 18. Anyone performing these roles MUST obtain an Enhanced Criminal Record with Children's Barred List Check. This check is made against the Government's national list of those people barred from working with children (The Children's Barred List)

Note: When ‘children’ or ‘children and young people’ are referred to in this document, this means persons under the age of 18, playing in organised leagues. CRCs are not currently a requirement where U18 play within open-age football. N.B. This position may be subject to change.

How to Apply

  1. Register Online - please obtain this information from your Club Welfare Officer
  2. Complete your application online
  3. Get your documents verified
  4. Your certificate will be sent to you in the post

A CRC can be applied for online. For information about how to apply, please first contact your Club Welfare Officer who should be able to send you the relevant information to help you register and start the process. Next, log in and complete some details about yourself. Finally, you will need to have your documents verified by authorised verifier - please ask your Club Welfare Officer about this.

If your Club Welfare Officer is not registered to help you start your application, they can see how to set themselves up online by watching this video: Club Registration for Online Criminal Records Checks. If you or they need any further help with this, please email us at support@birminghamfa.com

Guidance Videos

 

There are some more helpful guidance videos below, which will explain how to register for a check and also how to get your documents verified in order to complete a check.

Club Registration for Online Criminal Records Checks

Making an application

The verification process

Checking the status of your application

How much does it cost?

The current costs for DBS Enhanced CRC with or without barred list checks are:

 

You Are 

Administration
fee paper
application method

Administration
fee online
application method

Government
charge 

Total

A
Volunteer

£20

£10

Nil

£20 or £10
depending
on
application
method

Not a
Volunteer

£20

£10

£44

£64 or £54
depending
on
application
method

Adding and removing officials