Yes it is mandatory for all Youth Clubs to have a qualified appointed Club Welfare Officer (CWO) having attended the Welfare Officer Workshop. Pre-requisites for this qualification are an accepted FA CRC with a DBS and the FA Safeguarding Children Workshop qualification.
CWO's are used as FACRC (Criminal Records Check) verifiers for their clubs, hence removing the need of club members sending personal documentation through the post. Additionally with the support of the County DSO and the League WO they take the lead on educating best practices to their respective Clubs.
Each CWO when qualified is notified of the CRC Online system which commenced in July 2011. CWO's should contact GB Group who facilitate CRC applications on behalf of The FA by calling 0845 210 8080 or via e mail FAChecks@TheFA.com