Safeguarding Champion

  • Oxfordshire FA
  • Oxfordshire, UK
  • 16 Nov, 2021
Volunteer Community Safeguarding

Job Description

The Oxfordshire Football Association is seeking to recruit an individual with responsibility for championing safeguarding at Board level.

This is an exciting time for football and the OFA hopes to use the power of football to build a better, safer, future for the game in Oxfordshire and to lead the successful development of the sport at every level across the county.

We are looking for an individual with skills and experience in safeguarding either adults, young people or both and who will have a passion for developing safer grassroots football environments around the county.

We believe in equal opportunities and we welcome and encourage applications from people from all communities - both nationally and locally, recognising that a diverse workforce is beneficial for the organisation and community it serves.


The Role

Oxfordshire FA is inviting applications for the position of Board Safeguarding Champion/Director. We are looking for individuals with skills and experience in safeguarding either adults, children, or both, who have a desire to support grassroots football and a safe environment across Oxfordshire.

These are new and challenging times for Oxfordshire FA as we support the return of grassroots football following the COVID-19 pandemic and delivery of the new FA Grassroots Football Strategy 2021-24.

This is a volunteer role in which you will be expected to attend monthly Board meetings. You will collaborate with Board Directors and other stakeholders in the strategic development of the organisation.


Principal Accountabilities/Responsibilities

• 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 meets The FA’s Safeguarding 365 Standard for County FAs.

• To be an active Board member championing a culture that has the best interests of children andyoung people (under the age of 18) and adults at risk in mind in all decisions that are made.

• To recognise and champion that all children, young people and adults at risk 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.

• 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 that Young People have a voice in the game, their comments are considered by the Board and are kept aware of outcomes (you said, we did)

• 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 365 Standard for County FAs’ requirements.

• To check and challenge to ensure that the interests of children, young people and adults at risk 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 FAor the Board


Application deadline: 4pm on Friday 17 December 2021.