Safeguarding & Protecting Children in Sport

The Safeguarding & protecting Children in Sport workshop will raise your awareness of the tell-tale signs of abuse, and give you the tools and confidence you need to deal with any issues sensitively, appropriately and effectively should the need ever arise in your coaching career.

What will I learn

You will be able to:

  • identify and recognise good coaching practice and the implications for your coaching

  • explore your values and feelings in relation to child abuse, and recognise their potential impact on your response

  • recognise and respond to possible signs of child abuse

  • take appropriate action if concerns about a child arise.

Minimum standards

This workshop is a ‘Minimum Standards for Active Coaches’ requirement for many governing bodies of sport. The ‘Minimum Standards for Active Coaches’ are seen as the basic standards every coach needs to meet to carry out their role safely and effectively. It can also be attended by all those responsible for organising children’s sport (eg within governing bodies of sport, local authorities, sports and leisure centres, and sports clubs) and those who lead or deliver children’s sport programmes (eg coaches, leaders, instructors, development officials, administrators, volunteers and parents), an estimated 76% of whom undertake these roles on a voluntary basis.

Check with your governing body of sport for further information, and to ascertain whether or not attendance at a safeguarding workshop is required before you commence coaching. Governing bodies of sport set their own standards for safeguarding training. The NSPCC’s recommendation is that anyone with regular responsibility for children and young people should undertake face-to-face training and the same applies to UK Coaching’s Minimum Standards for Active Coaches.

Face-to-face training allows delegates to ask questions in a safe environment facilitated by a qualified safeguarding tutor. It also provides the opportunity to discuss specific safeguarding issues that arise during the training. Refresher training is available online. Recommended to be completed at three-yearly intervals.

Accompany Resource

You will receive a copy of Safeguarding and Protecting Children: A Guide for Sportspeople at the workshop to guide you in your future coaching.

Packed full of practical guidance it will help you to deal sensitively and effectively with any issues that arise.

Updated in May 2019 it now also includes space for you to make notes so you can reflect on what you learn and review your own practice after the workshop, helping to ensure you provide a positive and enriching experience for the children you work with