Job Description

About the job

Job Title – Safeguarding Advisor

Location – Cobham training ground with regular travel to other sites

Hours – Permanent – 35 hours a week (Any 5 of 7)


About Us:

As a member of the Chelsea team you will become part of a long and proud history in the heart of iconic west London, which dates back to the club’s founding in 1905. Since that time the club has won every major domestic and international trophy, being crowned English, European and world champions in the process.


Chelsea are a club which proudly strives to be the best in everything we do, on and off the pitch, as shown by the further success of our Women’s and Academy sides, as well as the excellent work in the community undertaken by the Chelsea Foundation, while engaging with our many supporters from a wide range of backgrounds at home in the UK and around the world.

If you’re motivated and want to help us win more trophies, you’ve got a place here at Chelsea!

What We’re Looking For:

The Safeguarding Coordinator will be a key part of the structure and a lead source of safeguarding support, advice and expertise embedding a culture where all staff understand their individual responsibilities to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and adults at risk in the Club and Foundation. The Safeguarding Coordinator’s main area of responsibility will be the Women and Girls Academy however, there is an expectation that they may be required to support other business areas.


Brief description and duties:

  • Champion Safeguarding across the Club.
  • Support the Women’s first team with any welfare issues.
  • Support the Women’s first team with appropriate training and awareness raising.
  • Support the Girls Academy Player Care team with welfare issues.
  • To assist and support the Safeguarding Team in delivering best practice in safeguarding and welfare within the organisation to the highest standards.
  • To ensure the Girls Academy operates and remains compliant in accordance with the statutory agencies and football governing bodies.
  • Ensure a high-quality safeguarding and wellbeing provision throughout the Girls Academy, through successful collaboration with key Girls Academy team members.
  • Develop and successfully coordinate the mechanism for engaging with players and parents to ensure that the right level of support is given to individual players.
  • Be a main point of contact in the reporting and recording of welfare/safeguarding issues within the Girls Academy and Women’s First Team.
  • Organise and deliver the safeguarding a welfare plan for the Girls Academy players.
  • Play a leading role as a member of the Safeguarding Team to help raise the awareness, standards and understanding of safeguarding across the business.
  • To ensure all staff understand their individual responsibilities to safeguard and promote the welfare of vulnerable groups and respond appropriately to safeguarding concerns.
  • To ensure staff engage with regular safeguarding education to ensure they develop and maintain the necessary skills and knowledge to safeguard in their role.
  • To address poor behaviour and raise standards in football, promote safeguarding and create a culture that celebrates good practice across the club.
  • To arrange and deliver briefing workshops in safeguarding topics such as anti-bullying, appropriate use of social media, code of conducts, to staff and players.

Skills and behaviours:

  • Ability to undertake the work within an anti-discriminatory and empowerment framework.
  • Ability to give accurate information and practical support to service users of all ages.
  • Ability to write clear and accurate reports and use standard IT packages.
  • The ability to reflect on own practice; undertake training advice and constructive feedback.
  • Ability to work in a flexible way, including evenings and weekends to meet the needs of the service.
  • Versatile communication skills to be able to engage with children and vulnerable adults, parents, staff.
  • A commitment to equal opportunities and an understanding of the impact of deprivation and discrimination on communities, families and individuals.
  • An ability to work with senior stakeholders to persuade and challenge appropriately.
  • Excellent team working skills which embody proactivity, enthusiasm and a hands-on approach. Highlighted through the ability to manage multiple activities and stakeholders.
  • Ability to use, continuing professional development (CPD), and personal development positively and effectively.
  • Ability to manage time effectively with competing demands and prioritise workload as well as support others.
  • Ability to write and deliver training across different departments and engaging key stakeholders internally and externally to the club.
  • Good judgement and influencing skills.
  • Ability to maintain accurate records and develop such skills in others.

Must Haves/qualified by demonstrable experience to the level required:


  • An appropriate social care or social work qualification
  • Must have previous experience within a similar role.
  • Good communication skills
  • Must be organized, reliable and take initiative.
  • Ability to work within a team or to work un-supervised.
  • Ability to prioritise workload to meet deadlines.
  • Must generate trust and confidence in staff at all levels.
  • Demonstrable safeguarding and support planning expertise in a previous post, in a fast paced, complex environment.
  • Knowledge and experience of direct work with those who have complex needs.
  • Knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of statutory and voluntary services and experiences of liaising with them.
  • Understanding of Safeguarding for children and vulnerable/at risk adults.
  • Experience of working in culturally diverse communities.
  • Appreciation and experience of working with sensitive and confidential information.
  • Demonstrable experience of working with others in large, matrixed organisations.
  • Knowledge of child care legislation and guidance regulations and best practise.
  • Experienced in multi-agency working.


What We Offer:


Our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion:

At Chelsea we recognise that the diversity of our people is one of our greatest strengths and we are taking positive action to ensure our existing colleagues and job applicants can fully be themselves and bring their own unique experiences and perspectives to Chelsea FC. This means giving full and fair consideration to all applicants regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy and maternity.

If you need reasonable adjustments made to the recruitment process, please reach out to your recruiter, who will be able to advise and support you.


Chelsea FC and the Foundation is fully committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all children, young people and adults at risk (vulnerable groups). We therefore require all successful applicants to complete a DBS Check prior to starting employment. Depending on the role, successful applicants may also be required to undergo other child protection screening where appropriate.