Disclosure and Barring Service Checks

DBS Measures Guidance Update – Tuesday 26 January 2021

The date of DBS checks that are due to expire between 1st October 2020 and 31st May 2021 will be extended by one calendar year. This follows the action that was taken in April 2020 for checks that expired between 1st March 2020 and 31st September 2020 to be extended by one calendar year. 

For the avoidance of doubt, only checks expiring between 1st October 2020 and 31st May 2021 are to be extended. DBS checks that were extended 1st March to 31st September are not to be extended further.

Welfare Officers must have an FA-accepted Criminal Record Check (CRC), also known as a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check, which has to be renewed every three years.

Other roles in football that require a DBS include:

Your role in football  Action to take 
Grassroots U18s coach, manager, first aider or any other club based eligible role  Speak to your Club Welfare Officer 
Club/League Welfare Officer  Speak to the CFA Safeguarding Team 
Referee, referee mentor, referee coach, referee assessor and referee tutor in U18 football  Contact the CFA Referee Development Officer 
Licensed coach applicant  Call 0845 210 8080 or email FAChecks@TheFA.com for advice 
Working in a private soccer school or unaffiliated football  You may not be able to get an FA enhanced CRC - speak to your line manager or call 0845 210 8080 or email FAChecks@TheFA.com for advice 
Working in a Premier League club  Contact the Designated Safeguarding Officer at your Club. 
Working in an English Football League Club  Contact the Designated Safeguarding Officer at your Club, or contact 0845 210 8080 or email FAChecks@TheFA.com for advice 
Unsure what you should be doing   Call 0845 210 8080 or email FAChecks@TheFA.com for advice 

The FA's Whole Game System enables club welfare officers (CWOs), assistant CWOs and club secretaries to track and manage club members who are required to do a check and safeguarding children training.

To register your club to use the online disclosures CRC service or to make enquiries not covered by the guidance provided below, please contact The Safeguarding Team or contact FAChecks@TheFA.com and either team will be happy to assist.

Guidance Leaflets

The FA has created a series of guidance leaflets to assist you and your club with the processing of criminal records checks. Click on the links below for further guidance:

- Clubs - Criminal Record Check - Guidance Leaflet
- Coaches - Criminal Record Check - Guidance Leaflet
- Referees - Criminal Record Check - Guidance Leaflet
- Tutors - Criminal Record Check - Guidance leaflet
- CRC Guidance notes for Applicants
- Guidance for Grassroots Clubs - Eligibility of Roles Oct 2013
- CRC Guidance notes for Club Welfare Officers
- Online Disclosures - User Guide
- CRC Verifiers ID Guidance and Recording Sheet
- Guide to The FAs Online Safeguarding Service
- Criminal Records Checks - FAQs - Jan 2014
- The FA's Policy Statement on the recruitment of Ex-Offenders
- The FA's handling of DBS certificates policy