Why do we issue ID Cards?WRCFA ID Cards provide a visible form of evidence that an individual working with young people possesses an Enhanced CRB Check. The card provides assurance to the card holder, club, league, and parents that only individuals who comply with the minimum safeguarding criteria (CRB) are working with children on a regular basis.
What has changed?
The previous WRCFA ID Card rules (2005-2015) do not comply with the changes in legislation. Following the introduction of the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 (POFA), there have been some significant changes to the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks, not least that it has changed its name to a Criminal Records Check (CRC).
The new legislation states that in Junior Football, only certain roles require, and are eligible for, a Criminal Records Check (CRC). By law, the FA, nor CFA can mandate individuals who fulfil roles outside of the ones deemed eligible by the government to possess a CRC check.
Which form of ID should I use?
Not everybody requires a WRCFA ID Card!
Individuals who occasionally ‘help out’, such as a parent covering a training session or refereeing a single match do not require a CRC check (see the definitions for ‘Regulated Activity’ below).
For ease of reference please refer to the table below:
|Role||Which form of ID should I use?||How to Apply?|
|Qualified Coach||Licensed Coaches' Club Card||Click Here|
|Unqualified Coach (Coaching unsupervised)||WRCFA ID Card||Click Here|
|Parent Helper||Not Required|
|Referee (Junior Football)||WRCFA ID Card||Click Here|
|Referee (Adult Football)||Not Required|
|Referee Mentor / Assessor / Coach||Not Required|
|Club Welfare Officer||WRCFA ID Card||Click Here|
League Welfare Officer
|WRCFA ID Card||Click Here|
What is a "Licensed Coaches' Club" Card?
Membership to The FA Licensed Coaches' Club is FREE to join for all qualified coaches. Your membership card for the Licensed Coaches' Club will display the same information as a WRCFA ID Card yet you receive a host of additional benefits. If you are eligible for a LCC, we cannot issue a WRCFA ID card.
What happens if I don’t apply for any ID card?Individuals who are working in a regulated activity role in Junior Football without an Enhanced FA CRC Disclosure are deemed under the new Government Legislation to be breaking the law and may be subject to action under criminal law.
Clubs and Individuals required to have a LCC Card or WRCFA ID Card (as detailed in the table above) who fail to obtain a card, and are unable to produce a card on demand to the County FA, County FA Representative or League Committee Official, will have their club affiliation suspended and will be subject to a fine not exceeding £50 for each individual in breach of this requirement.
If you have any questions, please e-mail County FA Welfare Officer Paul Ratcliffe at firstname.lastname@example.org
Junior Football: U7 – U18 activity
Regulated Activity: Specific activities, carried out frequently or intensively which is unsupervised.
Frequently/intensively: At least once per week or four days or more in any given 30 days period or overnight.
Qualified Coach: Any individual who coaches Young people (U18) and has been awarded an accredited coaching qualification by the FA (i.e. Level 1, 2, UEFA B, FA Youth Awards)
Unqualified Coach: Any individual who coaches Young people (U18) who does not possess an accredited coaching qualification from the FA (as above)
Referee (Junior Football): Any Registered Referee who officiates in Junior Football (U7 – U18)
Referee (Adult Football): Any Registered Referee who officiates in Open Age Football (U19 – Open Age)
Club Welfare Officer: Any nominated Individual listed on the Club Membership record that has attended the FA Welfare Officers Workshop.
League Welfare Officer: Any nominated Individual listed on the League Membership record that has attended the FA Welfare Officers Workshop.