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safeguarding and welfare in norfolk

Norfolk offers a range of safeguarding services and training to help create a safe and enjoyable football experience for everyone. We ensure safeguarding requirements are met as a requirement of club affiliation and we support clubs to maintain these standards. This includes making unannounced safeguarding visits to clubs.

Safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility. If you have any concerns regarding a safeguarding matter, please contact our County FA Designated Safeguarding Officer, Ken D'Rosario.


  • Is your Welfare Officer the last person to know when you have appointed a new Coach, Manager or Assistant Manager?
  • Does your Club have a policy where all new volunteers have to complete an application form and an FA CRC disclosure form BEFORE they become involved with the children?

  • Do you have a Manager, Coach or Assistant Manager who says they have been in the game for years and don’t need to attend Safeguarding Children Training or have a Coaching Qualification?
  • Do all of your Managers, Coaches and Assistant Managers have a minimum Level 1 Coaching Certificate and Safeguarding Children Workshop Certificate?

  • Would your Coaches, Managers, Parents and Players have to search long and hard to find the Club Welfare Officer’s telephone number or The FA/NSPCC Helpline number?
  • Is your Club Welfare Officer’s telephone number and The FA/NSPCC Helpline number widely circulated and displayed so everyone has access to support to discuss or report concerns quickly?

Get In Touch

Please contact our Designated Safeguarding Officer Ken D'Rosario

By Phone: 01603 704050 (opt 1, 1, 5)

(9am - 5pm Monday - Friday)

Mobile: 07777 607567 (out of hours emergency calls)

By Email:

If you answered yes to any or all of the first questions posed above, your Club needs to quickly review their position in relation to Safeguarding Children. If you answered yes to all of the second questions posed, you are displaying best practice – well done.
If you feel your Club/League or Club/League Welfare Officer is going that extra mile and making your Club/League exceptional in creating a safe, enjoyable fun environment, please email with details of what you are doing and how you are doing it. We would like to feature some good news and build a portfolio of excellent Safeguarding examples in this section of the website.

For more helpful information about Safeguarding Children:

2. Contact our County FA Designated Safeguarding Officer - Ken D'Rosario - on 01603 704050 (opt 1, opt 1, opt 5), 07777 607567, 

obtaining a criminal records check

65 per cent of people requiring criminal records checks in football are now using the online application process through TMG CRB.
This service provides quicker, cheaper checks which are simple for clubs and organisations to administer. Feedback from users of the service has been extremely positive.
TMG CRB’s online checks cost £10 per person, including VAT.
The paper-based applications are now £20 including VAT, up from £15.30 previously. This increase in cost is directly linked to processing changes that have had to be implemented, as a result of the Protection of Freedoms Act, 2012.
Therefore from 1st June, the costs for DBS Enhanced with or without barred list checks are:

You are

Paper application admin fee

Online application admin fee

Government charge


A Volunteer




£20 or £10, depending on application method

Not a Volunteer




£64 or £54, depending on application method

Choosing to process your applications via TMG CRB’s online criminal records checks application service will therefore save £10 per check for organisations.

Please find below an e-guide from The FA, which provides step-by-step information on how to use the online application process, as well as other supporting documents.

If you require any further support or guidance with using the online application process, please contact or call 0845 210 8080 and The FA Criminal Records Body will be happy to assist.

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