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As part of BAFA's commitment to ensuring that all people are able to thrive in the sport of American football in a safe environment, we have developed a series of policies and information documents for our members and interested parties.

DBS / PVG certificates
BAFA requires any individual engaged in a Regulated Activity to undertake a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) (or Protecting Vulnerable Groups, PVG, in Scotland) enhanced check in order to work with children or vulnerable adults.

England & Wales
Members in England and Wales should email BAFA at to start the DBS process.

Members in Scotland can find more information on the PVG process via Volunteer Scotland here:

Safeguarding and welfare concerns/complaints
Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults is the responsibility of not just BAFA as the National Governing Body, but people at all levels of the sport.

Having a designated welfare / safeguarding officer in all clubs (covering where appropriate young persons and / or vulnerable adults) is a requirement under the BAFA Safeguarding Policy which is available here.

A Safeguarding Policy template for clubs is available here.

A Safeguarding Commitment template for clubs is available here.

An Anti-Bullying Policy template for clubs is available here.

We have also set up a specific email address for reporting all safeguarding and welfare concerns and  

It is vital that all coaches and welfare officers who have contact with children and vulnerable adults have the knowledge and skills they need. 

It is recommended that all welfare / safeguarding officers attend accredited training through UK Coaching
 workshops or Child Protection in Sport workshops.

For members in Scotland, coaches will need to undertake Child Wellbeing and Protection in Sport (CWPS) training, and welfare / safeguarding officers will need to undertake Child Wellbeing and Protection Officer (CWPO) training.

More information is available via sportscotland here: