Non-Executive Director (Safeguarding)

  • Northamptonshire FA
  • Northamptonshire, UK
  • 20 Aug, 2021
Full time Community Leadership & Management Safeguarding

Job Description

The Role

Northamptonshire County FA is inviting applications to join our Board of Directors.

We are looking for individuals with particular skills and experience in Safeguarding young people and adults at risk who have a passion for developing grassroots football in Northamptonshire.

These are exciting times for Northamptonshire FA as we start look to implement our new three-year 'football restart' strategy; which will see us implement a new Operating Model, complete our compliance project with the FA's Code of Governance - the gold standard for governance In sport - and build a sustainable business.

Compliance with the FA Code of Governance will be transformational for our County FA and is the biggest change the Association has experienced in over 30 years and we are excited to be building a new Board of Directors. Having undertaken a comprehensive skills audit of the existing skills on our Board we are now embarking on a journey to fill those skills gaps and in doing so bring diversity of ideas to the business.

In the next 12 months we will deliver significant growth in the female game, create inclusive player pathways for all including disabled players, those from minority ethnic backgrounds and LGBT players, and deliver high quality facilities.  The successful candidate for this role will be instrumental in helping the County to deliver this.

This is a volunteer role in which you will be expected to attend Board meetings 10 times per year and to collaborate with Board Directors and other stakeholders in the strategic development of the organisation. This averages out to approximately 6 hours a month.


The Non-Executive Director (Board Safeguarding Champion) will be the strategic lead for Safeguarding activity within the organisation, centring on driving people management strategy and being a support mechanism for the Senior Management Team to ensure that all Safeguarding policies and procedures are being followed and we remain compliant with the FA’s Safeguarding Operating Standard.


What can we offer?

  • an opportunity to give something back to local football and play your part in improving the service that the NFA provide to stakeholders in the game
  • An exciting opportunity to be part of a forward- thinking progressing business
  • Opportunities to work with key stakeholders within grassroots and the professional game
  • Access and commitment to personal development and training opportunities

Role purpose

To ensure Northamptonshire County Football Association Limited maintains its governance, operations and standards in safeguarding, to achieve the best outcomes for children and adults at risk.

To ensure the Board acts in accordance with legislation, statutory guidance and The FA’s Safeguarding Policies and Procedures and any associated guidance including continually demonstrating that the County FA is meets The FA Safeguarding Operating Standard.

To be an active Board member championing the safeguarding of children and young people (under the age of 18) in all County FA activities and adults at risk.

To recognise and champion that all children and young people in football and all adults at risk are entitled to the same protection regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity.


Key skills and experience required (essential)

  • A child-centred belief system and behaviours;
  • Experience of demonstrable and effective governance – and overseeing a strategic approach;
  • Experience of working in safeguarding or child protection;
  • Experience of working in adult safeguarding;
  • Knowledge and understanding of grassroots or other voluntary activity;
  • Awareness and understanding of The FA’s Safeguarding Policy and Procedures and the Safeguarding Operating Standard for County FAs;
  • Ability to listen effectively;
  • Ability to ask probing questions;
  • Communication skills;
  • Presentation skills;
  • Experience of problem-solving;
  • Basic IT skills, including Word and email.


  • Advanced DBS Certificate
  • Football club or officiating experience;
  • Experience of organisational assessments, audits or inspections;
  • Experience of being a member of committees or Boards.

Key responsibilities

  • To ensure the County FA always acts in keeping with legislation, statutory guidance and The FA’s Safeguarding Policies and Procedures and the Safeguarding Operating Standard;
  • To ensure the County FA safeguarding responsibilities and accountabilities are embedded in the County FA Strategy, Business Plan, Budget, Risk Register and Operational Plan;
  • To ensure the County FA enables and provides relevant safeguarding training for the Board, staff, volunteers and committee and council members;
  • To ensure all staff role profiles have safeguarding responsibilities embedded in them;
  • To ensure the Board receives and scrutinises information on progress against key areas of work, including the independent assessment reports, risks and challenges;
  • To ensure all volunteers are aware of and comply with The FA’s Safeguarding Operating Standard requirements;
  • To check and challenge to ensure that the interests of children and young people are paramount in all County FA activities and the best interests of adults at risk are given due consideration;
  • To use the whistle-blowing policy if any concerns are not fully addressed by the County FA or the Board.

 Application deadline: Friday 24th September 2021