Coaching in the UK

Over 400,000 sports coaches receive vital child safeguarding training

Thu, 30 Apr 2015

Thousands of coaches from across the UK have received child protection training thanks to a scheme set up by sports coach UK and the NSPCC’s Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU).

Over 410,000 sporting professionals now understand how to recognise and respond to child abuse after attending the specialist safeguarding workshops – which are celebrating 20 years of success this year. Two million sports sector workers come into contact with over 10 million children every week in the UK – and the renowned workshops are now recognised globally as an example of good practice.

The scheme has grown in popularity over the years, to the point where an average of 30,000 coaches from a wide range ofsports now attend workshops every year. The project is also helping to raise valuable funds for the NSPCC with royalties paid on the workshops raising over £1 million.

Commenting on the milestone, sports coach UK CEO Dr Tony Byrne said: “These workshops have become the cornerstone of our work for coaches across the UK. At sports coach UK, we are passionate about ensuring that all children can access safe and enjoyable coaching, and see this as perhaps the best way to ensure children remain healthy and active in sport. We’re delighted to support the important wider work of the NSPCC in this practical way.”

Anne Tiivas, Director of the NSPCC’s Child Protection in Sport Unit said: “It is essential that people working in sport and safeguarding work together to create safe environments for children. The NSPCC and sports coach UK’s 20 year relationship means that thousands of coaches now better understand how to identify and respond to children in difficulty. It has also helped to create a safeguarding system for coaches which is the envy of most other sporting nations. We are really pleased to celebrate this milestone and look forward to continuing our partnership to help to safeguard even more children.”

Expert tutors who deliver the workshops across the UK have played a huge role in driving the way children are coached andthe emergence of more young people volunteering in sport has prompted the development of even more workshops – including one solely at under 18s called ‘Keeping safe in sport”.

As new threats to children’s safety and wellbeing emerge, additional eLearning modules on Safe Digital Communication and Parental Behaviour have been developed – these will soon to be followed additional topics including eating disorders, body image and preventing radicalisation through sport.

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