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Welfare Officer Workshops - County Lines Training

Welfare Officers and coaches can now book a place on one of two County Lines awareness workshops in Kent.

Kent FA is pleased to announce details for two workshops for club and league welfare officers, focusing on the subject of County Lines.

In these workshops, participants will be able to learn from an experienced tutor, who will be providing training around the subject of County Lines.

For the uninitiated, County Lines is a term used when drug gangs from big cities expand their operation to smaller towns, often using violence to drive out local dealers, and exploiting children and vulnerable people to sell drugs.

The fact that club and league welfare officers work alongside children in football places them in a good position to notice any changes.

The course will focus on three key points; perception, courage and conviction.

As part of the workshop, there will be a brief talk delivered about how we perceive people and how we must have the courage and conviction to action our suspicions.

By the end of the session, participants will:

  • Have an understanding of what ‘vulnerability’ means and how it could affect the young people you work with.
  • Have gained knowledge of grooming and how it affects young people in your area.
  • Have gained an understanding of County Lines and signs to look for when working with young people
  • Have a working knowledge of FA safeguarding procedures and how and when to use them in relation to any observations talked about in this workshop.

The workshop is open to welfare officers and coaches.

To book onto a course, please click on one of the two dates below.

13 January 2020 at Kent FA HQ, Aylesford – 6.30pm-9.30pm

27 January 2020 at Sandyacres Sports & Social Club, Ashford – 6.30pm-9.30pm

Places on the workshop cost just £5.

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