Safeguarding training for Sports coaches

if you work or volunteer with children within sport then you have a duty to meet the requirements of Working Together (2013)  which states that:

Effective safeguarding arrangements in every local area should be underpinned by two key principles:

  • safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility: for services to be effective each professional and organisation should play their full part; and
  • a child-centred approach: for services to be effective they should be based on a clear understanding of the needs and views of children.

Many sports governing bodies have produced guidelines and standards on child protection, for their members, to specify how organisations should be meeting the requirements of Working Together (2013) . One example is the Child Protection in Sport Unit, CPSU, which has published Standards for Safeguarding and Protecting Children in Sport in conjunction with the NSPCC.  These CPSU standards state that:

  • Organisations providing sporting activities for children have a responsibility to provide training and development opportunities for  staff and volunteers.
  • All staff and volunteers are provided with opportunities to learn about how to recognise and respond to concerns about child abuse.

The has developed two child protection training course specifically for the sports sector:

  • The Introduction to Child Protection online training course is suitable for anyone  who works or volunteers with children in a sport setting. A Sports specific version can be selected, at the start of the course, which includes links to relevant guidance and case studies and questions relevant to those involved in sports.
  • The Child Protection for Equestrian volunteers training course has been developed in association with the British Equestrian Federation and is aimed at anyone who volunteers in an equestrian setting.

Click on the above links for more details on this training to will help you fulfil your safeguarding responsibilities.