Safeguarding Review Panel Member


The Football Association


Board Member





Practice Area:



United Kingdom

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The Football Association

The Football Association (The FA) is a multi-faceted organisation which has the responsibility of overseeing, promoting and developing the game of association football at all levels in England, from grassroots through to the professional game, The FA Cup and the England international teams. A core part of The FA's activities is to act as the governing body of the game, including the implementation of regulatory, disciplinary and rule-making functions.

Safeguarding Review Panels and safeguarding appeal boards

Safeguarding Review Panels are three-person panels which hear safeguarding cases and have the power to impose appropriate safeguards, interim suspensions and other orders against Participants in the game of football, where appropriate. Safeguarding Appeal Boards are three-person panels which hear, amongst other things, appeals of Safeguarding Review Panel decisions.

The FA wishes to appoint a number of independent Safeguarding Review Panel Members, all of whom would alternate chairing cases during non-personal hearings, who have the appropriate experience of safeguarding legislation, regulations and policy in the context of football to sit on and/or chair Safeguarding Review Panels and/or Safeguarding Appeal Boards. As a Safeguarding Review Panel Member, you will play a key role in upholding the integrity of football in England.

attributes required

The key attributes required are:

  • Significant and demonstrable safeguarding experience, either as a doctor, care worker, social worker, member of the police, junior barrister/solicitor in family law, or similar professions to all the foregoing.
  • Significant knowledge of relevant safeguarding legislation, regulations and policy and an understanding of how these are relevant in the context of football.
  • A knowledge and appreciation of football would be advantageous, although not essential;
  • An ability to assess evidence and submissions put before a Safeguarding Review Panel/Safeguarding Appeal Board in an open, knowledgeable and fair-minded way;
  • Sound and objective judgement;
  • Experience in drafting reasoned judgments would be valuable but is not mandatory;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, excellent listening and communication skills; an Integrity, impartiality and high ethical standards.

time commitment

Safeguarding Review Panels and Safeguarding Appeal Boards are convened on a frequent basis throughout the calendar year. Pre-COVID personal hearings took place in Wembley Stadium; however, non-personal hearings took place over video conference. Currently, all hearings are taking place over video conference, but this is subject to potential change in the future regarding personal hearings. Safeguarding Review Panel Members are expected to make themselves available to fulfil their fair share of the cases and/or appeals arising in any given year, as well as attend meetings and/or training sessions as required (usually 1-2 times per year).

An attendance fee is payable for Safeguarding Review Panel Members for their time spent preparing and attending Safeguarding Review Panels and/or Appeal Board hearings, which includes the drafting of or assisting with drafting written reasons. Reasonable expenses properly incurred may also be reclaimed for trips to Wembley.

The appointment is for a fixed term of three years. Safeguarding Review Panel Members are eligible to apply for further terms, subject to the business needs of The FA.

how to progress application

If you feel that you have the relevant skills and experience, please apply here. You will be required to submit your CV and short covering letter highlighting your suitability for the role by reference to the key attributes outlined above.

As the requirement of the role may change, this document should be viewed as guidance only. The Football Association Group promotes inclusion and diversity and welcomes applications from everyone.

The closing date for applications is 23:59 on Friday, 30 July 2021.


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