Safeguarding Case Officer
|Sector||Federations & LOCs|
|Function||Legal, IT, HR, Finance & Procurement|
The Football Association (The FA) is the governing body of football in England. We are responsible for promoting and developing the game at all levels; from grass roots through to the professional game, The FA Cup and the England International teams, and has two core assets: Wembley Stadium and St George’s Park.
Overview of the role:
Investigate criminal records information, allegations or concerns and assess risk in relation to participants who may pose a risk to children or adults at risk in football and where appropriate, implement a risk management plan, preparing relevant cases for consideration and decision of the Safeguarding Review Panel. To work in conjunction with the Safeguarding Coordinator to provide advice and support to football’s designated safeguarding officer network and other individuals in relation to safeguarding children, adults at risk and poor practice concerns.
Key responsibilities include:
- Act on safeguarding children and poor practice referrals and manage a caseload efficiently and effectively in line with FA policies, procedures, regulations, protocols and thresholds.
- Undertake investigations on criminal records information, allegations or concerns made against participants in football, complete a risk assessment and where appropriate recommend a risk management plan to the Case Team Manager or Senior Case Officer.
- Prepare all relevant reports and paperwork for consideration by the Safeguarding Review Panel for cases which require an order in accordance with The FA’s Safeguarding Regulations.
- Progress cases to their full conclusion within the timescales stipulated by The FA.
- Ensure The FA fulfils its legal duties under the Protection of Freedoms Act, 2012, including referrals to the Disclosure and Barring Service.
- Keep all case files up to date by accurately and consistently recording actions taken on cases using The FA’s Case Management system, in line with FA Data Protection Policies and protocols and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Code of Practice.
- Work in partnership with colleagues within The FA Group and external agencies e.g. County FAs, the professional game, statutory agencies, Local Authority Designated Officers and the Probation Service.
- Work with and support the network of designated safeguarding officers in football and contribute to regional County FA meetings and assist in the delivery of training, where required at a regional or national level.
- Self-reflect on performance, ask for feedback, identify relevant learning needs, attend and effectively prepare for regular supervision meetings and seek guidance and support from Managers.
- Execute additional tasks as required in order to meet The FA group changing priorities
What we are looking for:
- Diploma in Social Work, Police Officer or a degree in Law or equivalent
- Knowledge of safeguarding frameworks and a proven ability to engage participants and where appropriate involve them in a risk assessment and risk management process
- Experience of front line child protection intervention, youth offending or probation service team
- Evidence of child-centred approach and an understanding of children’s rights, needs and best interests, as well as up to date child protection best practice, research and legislation
- Experience of report writing skills, including risk assessments and risk management report writing
- Experience in handling sensitive information with discretion
- Proficient skills in Microsoft Office.
- Flexible approach to hours and travel
What we can offer:
- An exciting and challenging role within a changing, dynamic and world-renowned sports organisation.
- Attractive benefits and a competitive salary for the right candidate.
The Football Association Group 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.
The Football Association (FA)
The Football Association was founded in 1863 as the governing body of the game in England. The FA is responsible for all regulatory aspects of the game of football in England.