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VACANCY: Safeguarding Officer

5 May 2022

Job Title: Safeguarding Officer
Hours of Work: Monday to Friday (Full time)
Reporting to: Head of Safeguarding~
Location: Sky Blue Lodge, Ryton on Dunsmore
Closing Date: Friday 20th May 2022

Coventry City Football Club is looking for a full time Safeguarding Officer to support the Safeguarding function of the Club across all areas – working closely with the Head of Safeguarding and the Safeguarding team, the role is the main point of contact for the Club for all safeguarding matters.

Coventry City is a Championship Club with a Category 2 Academy, based in Coventry.

We are looking for an experienced safeguarding professional with the ability to remain discrete, calm, and empathetic, and work in a fast-paced environment.

The successful candidate will also be able demonstrate an excellent understanding of safeguarding in a youth setting and although based at the Sky Blue Lodge, will also spend time at the Club’s Academy based at the Alan Higgs Centre in Coventry.

Role & Responsibilities:

  • Be the main point of contact and deal with all Club safeguarding concerns.
  • Maintain accurate and confidential records on MyConcern.
  • Have an understanding of the English Football League Safeguarding Standards, EPPP, FA and statutory guidance in relation to safeguarding and ensure they are well informed with any changes in relevant policies.
  • Work with the Head of Safeguarding to ensure that action plans as a result of audit(s) are prioritised and that the safeguarding strategy is followed.
  • Work with staff to ensure that safeguarding is a key consideration in key activities and that there is a safeguarding implementation plan in place for every activity and all staff understand their safeguarding responsibility.
  • Work with the Head of Safeguarding to ensure DBS checks are in place and maintain the Single Central Register.
  • Work with the Head of Safeguarding to effectively conduct robust initial investigations of all safeguarding concerns raised by children, their families, colleagues, and/or external parties/professionals to legislative and best practice requirements.
  • Ensure that all concerns and safeguarding information is logged and stored securely in line with GDPR.
  • Liaise with the HR team where the acts or omissions of a member of staff has/may impact on the safeguarding of their players.
  • Contribute to the induction programme and training for new/existing staff regarding safeguarding and undertake safeguarding training with all staff/volunteers annually.
  • Coach, support and develop staff understanding to ensure high standards of care, values, ethics, equality and diversity, policies and procedures, legislation and contractual requirements are met.
  • Assess information from staff regarding concerns about children and vulnerable adults and make referrals to the Head of Safeguarding.
  • Work with the Head of Safeguarding to refer any relevant information with Police, Local Authorities and other statutory organisations, when safeguarding matters arise, in urgent situations make appropriate external referrals and record accurate details on MyConcern.
  • Encourage good practice by promoting and championing the safeguarding policy and procedures throughout the Club.
  • Undertake announced and unannounced visits to Host Family Accommodation with the Player Care Officer to ensure that they comply fully with safeguarding requirement and make recommendations where appropriate.
  • Understand and implement the Club’s Safeguarding policy, procedures, and best practice guidelines in your role.
  • Attend EFL, other external training and online training as required.


  • An excellent understanding of safeguarding in a child/youth setting.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to quickly build trust and relationships.
  • Experience of working under pressure and to tight deadlines.
  • Experience of working with external partners and agencies (Local Authority, Police etc).
  • Ability to be discrete with experience of working with confidential information and documentation.
  • Clear and concise written and spoken communication skills.
  • Ability to maintain records and update case records.
  • Good communication skills and ability to interact positively with colleagues and players
  • Proficient in IT skills including Office products, payroll and HMRC software
  • Full clean driving licence preferred
  • Self-motivated
  • Flexible
  • Willing to work as part of a team, and under own initiative
  • Must be trustworthy and reliable
  • Can manage own time effectively
  • A strong work ethic.
  • Hold a commitment to equality and diversity in the workplace.
  • Willingness to attend training courses to enhance own professional development.
  • Always demonstrate the Club’s values.

This job description is issued as a guideline to assist you in your duties and is not exhaustive. You may, on occasions, be required to undertake additional or other duties within the context of this job description.


Coventry City Football Club is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults. We are committed to safer recruitment throughout the Club. An enhanced DBS check is a requirement of the role.


Coventry City FC is committed to the principle of equal opportunity and its policies for recruitment, selection, training, development and promotion are designed to ensure that no job applicant receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of race, colour, nationality, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, ethnic and national origin, disability or gender reassignment. Applicants must be eligible to live and work in the UK. The Club is a signatory to the FA Leadership Diversity Code.


Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we are only able to contact those who are shortlisted for interview. Incomplete applications, and those received from third parties, or agencies, will not be considered.

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