THE ASSOCIATION DOES NOT normally advertise for staff, but recruits as a result of recommendations or by individuals applying directly to the BDSFA committee.
The association’s first preference is for volunteers who are, or were, employed within the education sector but will also consider suitable candidates from the wider community. Nearly all applicants will have previously attended district matches and be aware of the association’s activities.
All staff, coaching or otherwise, must satisfy the committee of their suitability to be involved with BDSFA in terms of personal ethics, expertise and experience. The ethos of the association and adherence to association procedures, policies and beliefs will be expected of its members at all times.
Potential recruits will have an informal interview with at least one BDSFA committee member in order to establish motives and background and to discuss a possible role within the organisation.
Formal interviews and the obtaining of references will take place if necessary. The association reserves the right to conduct any legally acceptable enquiries it feels necessary to satisfy itself of the competency of an applicant, including verification of data/qualifications supplied. A key recruitment requirement is that potential recruits understand that the wellbeing and welfare of children is of paramount importance.
All coaching staff must have or obtain an enhanced DBS clearance, have undertaken the FA’s Safeguarding Children Workshop (or school-based equivalent) and have attended an approved first aid or emergency aid course. They must also be registered by BDSFA on the English Schools’ FA staff portal.
Up-to-date records of all volunteers working within the association and their relevant qualifications/clearances are kept in a secure database held by the BDSFA secretary and Safeguarding Officer.
If the rare instance that it should become necessary, the BDSFA committee will have the power to remove volunteers from their role if they are deemed to have breached association rules, policies and/or procedures – especially with regard to Safeguarding. Cases will always be viewed on an individual basis.
Last reviewed: November 2019