We want our leagues and clubs to join in with the first National Silent Support Weekend to promote good behaviour in Youth Football.
We’re encouraging spectators and coaches to show their support during the match through applause only. This will reduce pressure and confusion and give players a better opportunity to find their own voice and develop their game.
So, all you have to do is not talk, you can applaud good play from both teams, and then tell us your thoughts about the experience so we can feed into a national campaign to make improvements for the future. A digital link to a survey will be shared after the weekend for you to fill in to collect this information.
Join us and play your part on Silent Support Weekend on 5th and 6th November 2022.
Attached you will find a copy of the slides that were delivered at the most recent Club Welfare Officer Support Session for your information.
We have scheduled in our next two informal drop-in sessions for Welfare Officers, where you can just join the call to ask your safeguarding/welfare questions. You can register for these events HERE.
• Tuesday 1st November 1pm-2pm via Microsoft Teams
• Thursday 1st December 1pm-2pm via Microsoft Teams
We are going to be hosting an evening dedicated to supporting and advising our League Welfare Officers. This will take place via Microsoft Teams on Monday 21st November 2022, 7pm. Register using the link HERE.
We are delighted to inform you that following your feedback, we will be hosting 2 face-to-face Club Welfare Officer Support Sessions in the New Year. This will give you the opportunity not only to learn from colleagues, but to also network and create partnerships with fellow Welfare Officers. We will be running the same session twice, so you will only need to attend one. The dates and venues for these are as follows:
• Thursday 12th January – 7pm-9pm --- Cheshire FA HQ, Moss Farm, Northwich, CW8 4BG
• Thursday 26th January – 7pm-9pm – Vauxhall Motors Sports Club, Rivacre Rd, Ellesmere Port CH66 1NJ
Register for one of these events HERE.
Recently, we have updated our website to now include useful advice and guidance for Parents & Carers. This includes the link to the new FA Safeguarding for Parents & Carers course.
Please share the link in your WhatsApp groups/updates to them:
You may be aware, that this year, Anti-Bullying week is 14th-18th November. You can find out more information and resources HERE.
If you have a member of your club who needs to renew their DBS, please use the attached step-by-step guide to help them through the process.
The FA Bootroom has now been re-branded to the England Football Learning Platform. If you have volunteers who need to complete a Safeguarding course, these can be found via this link:
Our Designated Safeguarding Officer, Lystra Landon, is available to meet with Welfare Officers on a 1-to-1 basis either via telephone, video call or in person. If you require Safeguarding support or specific advice, please fill in this form and we will book you in.
If you need any help, please contact our Safeguarding Team (below)
Designated Safeguarding Officer: Lystra Landon
Senior Safeguarding Lead: Steve Smithies
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officer: Greg McLean
Deputy Senior Safeguarding Lead: Chris Barrow
Thank you all for your continued work within Safeguarding to ensure football in an inclusive and safe space in Cheshire.