FA Enhanced DBS Checks

The FA requires everyone who works or volunteers in children’s football and regularly cares for, trains, supervises or is in sole charge of children to apply for an FA DBS Enhanced Disclosure.

By completing a DBS Enhanced Disclosure Application, you are allowing The FA to have sight of any criminal record or non-conviction information that is held and released by the Police via the DBS process. This information may include outstanding prosecutions and relevant allegations of criminal behaviour. In line with the DBS Code of Practise, The FA may disclose this information to those involved in making a suitability decision. The FA may use any or all of this information to help decide your suitability to be involved with children or vulnerable adults in football.

ESFA DBS Policy

  • All Associations running District or County representative teams must list all their managers and coaches during the affiliation process.
  • Every team must have a named coach/manager who has accepted FA Enhances DBS certificate.
  • Representative team managers and coaches who do not have an accepted FA Enhanced DBS must not be involved.
  • It is the responsibility of each Association to ensure the procedure is completed and adhered to.
  • Teams will be suspended and unable to play matches or train unless the manager and/or coaches are listed on the ESFA portal with an accepted FA Enhanced DBS.

ESFA DBS Verifiers

The ESFA has a number of volunteers who act as ID verifiers for the purpose of DBS checks. Your local contact can be found on the table below. We continue to actively seek verifiers in parts of the country not yet covered, but in the meantime, please contact one of the ESFA’s two national child welfare officers for this purpose:

Name of Verifier

Covering

Alan JOHNSTON

Durham/Northumberland

Barry SHACKLEY

Nottinghamshire/ East Midlands

Stuart INGER Somerset/ Southwest 

John ALLEN

Sheffield / Yorkshire

Martin DUFFIELD

West Midlands/Shropshire/Staffordshire/National

Michael McNEILL

Inner London/Hertfordshire/Essex/A10 corridor

Michael SPRINGETT

Kent/Inner London bordering on Kent

Sarah DaCosta

Joe RYAN 

Bedfordshire/Cumbria

Merseyside Area