Reference form for positions working with children

Last updated: 23 Mar 2021 Topics: Safe recruitment

A reference form can be used by sports clubs and organisations when contacting the references provided by an applicant for a role working with young people.

For any role which involves substantial access to and responsibility for children and young people, it's important to obtain at least 2 written references, including the applicants last employer. Referees should include someone who can comment on the applicant’s previous work with children.

It's important to consider the following:

  • clarify whose responsibility this task is (local or club level or at national governing body or organisational level)
  • take care to ensure that information from all sources is provided to those with responsibility for making a decision on the individual’s suitability for the role

The reference form will allow you to gain knowledge about the candidate and any possible safeguarding or child protection concerns. The form includes a sample introductory note, which can be edited to suit your sports needs.

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See our safer recruitment pages for help and advice on general processes and procedures relating to this topic.

Download the form (.docx)