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The British American Football Association is the National Governing Body for the sport of American Football across Great Britain, with hundreds of clubs and thousands of players.

As part of its commitment to ensuring that all people are able to enjoy the sport of American football, BAFA have developed a series of policies and information documents for its members and interested parties.

Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults is the responsibility of not just the Governing Body but people at all levels. Having a designated welfare / safeguarding officer in situ at all clubs (covering where appropriate young persons and / or vulnerable adults) is a requirement and provides the platform for the effective implementation of the Governing Body policies and procedures which are available as a download below.

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

BAFA requires any individual engaged in a Regulated Activity to undertake a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check through their club in order to work with children or vulnerable adults.

Applications for individuals engaging in their roles as volunteers are free of charge with the exception of a handling charge which currently stands at £X .

If an individual is paid for their coaching duties(excluding out of pocket expenses); or if they are gaining a qualification (for example, Duke of Edinburgh Award) from their participation, a fee of £44 per application is required before it is processed.

For a non-volunteer, BAFA will require payment via BACS or cheque in advance. Applications will be held and will remain unprocessed until confirmation of payment is received.

Key Downloads and Information

The BAFA Safeguarding Policy is available in the Corporate Documents section of the website.

Disclosure and Barring (England and Wales)

Disclosure and Barring (Scotland)