County Welfare & RESPECT Officer


VACANCY: Birmingham FA County Welfare & RESPECT Officer (£23,000 per annum)

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the team here at Birmingham FA, as a full-time County Welfare and RESPECT Officer. Following a comprehensive business review, the organisation has realigned its resources to deliver a new strategic plan built on a foundation of working partnerships at every level to deliver increased participation across the Birmingham FA region.

We are looking for a value driven individual to join our team, who can provide our volunteer workforce with the support, guidance and expertise in embedding safeguarding at the heart of football. This individual will achieve this by supporting our clubs and leagues across the region, fulfilling the message Football is ForAll, whilst maintaining a safe and fun environment for all involved.

You will also have knowledge of safeguarding children and/or vulnerable group’s legislation, experience of writing reports and compiling case file information and the capacity to handle confidential data/information sensitively.

The purpose of the role:

  • Manage all day-to-day aspects relating to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults within the County in line with legislation and FA policy, regulations, guidance and FA procedures
  • Pro-actively lead on promoting and delivering the RESPECT programme to promote fair play and improve participant behaviour
  • To support the delivery of the National Game Strategy and Business Plan objectives

Job role and responsibilities:

  • To promote safe and inclusive football for all and to raise standards and improve behaviour in grassroots football.
  • To be the main point of contact for all children and adults to report concerns and establish and maintain a robust complaints and monitoring procedures.
  • Develop, educate and support youth Leagues and Clubs and their Welfare Officers to become and remain compliant with safeguarding legislation, FA safeguarding policy, best practice guidance and education programmes.
  • Devise an effective communication strategy to promote best practice amongst the network and keep specific senior management abreast of any issues.
  • To champion the FA’s RESPECT programme and ‘Kick it Out’ campaigns to pro-actively improve fair play and participant behaviour across the game.
  • Develop a support network to monitor participation behaviour out in the field and to glean good/bad practice
  • Liaise with colleagues regarding discipline cases and reports of bad practice and to interview participants as and when required

County Welfare and Respect Officer Job Description

If you wish to discuss the role further, please contact Richard Watson (Referee Development and Designated Safeguarding Officer) via email or 0121 357 4278 Ext: 228.

To apply please send a CV and covering letter with details of your current salary marked “Private and Confidential” to: Chief Operating Officer, Birmingham County FA, Ray Hall Lane, Great Barr, Birmingham, B43 6JF or via email to stating in the subject line of your email ‘County Welfare and RESPECT Officer'.

Closing date for all applications is Monday 17th April 2017, with interviews being on Wednesday 26th April 2017 at Birmingham County Football Association HQ.

Due to the volume of applications we receive, if you do not hear from us within 3 days of the closing date, please assume that your application has not been successful. Unfortunately we are not able to provide feedback to applicants at application stage.