National FA Safeguarding Review Panel - Specialist Appeal Board Chair Ref: SRP19

Role location
Type of contract
Part Time

Closing Date: 10 June 2019

Our Organisation:

The Football Association (The FA) is the governing body of football in England. We are responsible for promoting and developing the game at all levels; from grass roots through to the professional game, The FA Cup and the England International teams, and has two core assets: Wembley Stadium and St George’s Park.

The Role:

Legal members shall be appointed to Chair FA Safeguarding Review Panel Appeal Boards. The main aim of such appointments is to improve the quality and consistency of decision making at Appeal Board level in respect of appeals from FA Safeguarding Review Panels.

The FA is looking to appoint members to the Specialist Appeal Board Chairs Panel of the Safeguarding Review Panel to be appointed as a Chair to adjudicate on appeals from decisions of The FA SRP.

Applicants must be Barristers of at least seven years standing with considerable experience family and children’s law including child protection.

Specific Responsibilities

  • To be available for appointment to SRP Appeal Boards, for appeals against FA SRP decisions.
  • To prepare for hearings by reading and assimilating papers before the tribunal or appeal commences, including the study of written documents and reports.
  • To issue directions and control the manner in which cases are conducted in accordance with the relevant rules and procedures of The Football Association.
  • To ensure that the tribunal is conducted in an impartial, fair, calm and transparent manner
  • To ensure that parties are able to present their case for consideration, as fully and as fairly as possible, within the parameters of the Regulations.
  • To ensure that where witnesses are permitted they are supported in giving evidence, and to take special measures if required, with particular attention to children and adults at risk who are witnesses of abuse.
  • To decide on issues of law and procedure which may arise during appeal.
  • To work collaboratively with other tribunal members to decide cases by finding facts, applying the relevant rules and giving a reasoned written decision.
  • To contribute to the development of, and keep abreast of, best practice in safeguarding in sport.

Selection Criteria

  • Barrister of at least seven years standing.
  • Considerable experience in Family and Children Law, including Child Protection
  • Recent experience of chairing Sports tribunals, panels or case management groups which have powers to decide on the suitability of individuals to work with children, young people and adults at risk.
  • Knowledge of employment law and other relevant legislation which concerns equality, disability discrimination, human rights law, and the safeguarding of vulnerable groups.
  • Knowledge of best practice in conducting disciplinary proceedings and in particular those of sports governing bodies.
  • An understanding and appreciation of the support required for vulnerable witnesses and those accused of unsafe practice in working with children, young people and adults at risk.
  • An understanding and appreciation of the impact which abusive behaviour can have on children, young people and adults at risk including the additional vulnerability to abuse of some young people and the impact of peer abuse.
  • An understanding and appreciation of behaviour which is indicative of ‘grooming’ with the intention to abuse a child or adult at risk


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