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Club Welfare Officer

From the 2008-09 season it is mandatory for every youth football club affiliated to The FA to have appointed a fully qualified and Enhanced Disclosure checked Club Welfare Officer (CWO). Clubs which fail to do that will lose their FA affiliation. Please click on the link to the right to download The FA’s CWO leaflet.

At Sheen Lions our CWO is Sarah Street. If you have any ideas, questions, concerns or incidents in relation to child protection and welfare which you would like to discuss in confidence please do contact  Sarah at:

 Sarah Street, CWO, 


If Sarah is unavailable you can contact the assistant CWO: Gordon Campbell, email

What does a Club/Child Welfare Officer (CWO) do?

She or he has two fundamental roles:

  1. Taking the lead in being informed and aware of the league or club’s responsibilities when running football activities for children and young people. This involves:
    • Ensuring these responsibilities are well-understood by others
    • Developing best-practice processes
  2. Helping league and club personnel understand what their ‘duty of care’ towards children and young people actually means and entails on a day-to-day basis. For example:
    • Ensuring all relevant people complete The FA’s ‘Safeguarding Children’ training rogramme
    • Helping to make sure trips away are organised properly
    • Assisting those with regular contact with children and young people to complete the FA Enhanced Disclosure paperwork