Coaching in the UK

sports coach UK welcomes the latest NSPCC report ‘How safe are our children?’

Wed, 17 Jun 2015

At a time when child abuse is rarely out of the headlines, the NSPCC has published its third annual report How Safe are our Children? Among the key findings are a rise in the number of people coming forward about their experiences of abuse, together with the fact that while child sexual exploitation is dominating the media, neglect remains the most common form of child abuse across the UK.

NSPCC CEO Peter Wanless says ‘This is a watershed moment. The nations are listening and child abuse is top of the agenda. The challenges of keeping future generations safe are myriad and complex. As a country we must work together, listen to the voices of those who have suffered and protect those who cannot protect themselves’.

The report goes on to confirm that early intervention is critical in order for problems to be addressed before they become more serious and entrenched. At sports coach UK, we’ve worked closely for 20 years with the NSPCC to help coaches and other sports people understand how to recognise and respond to signs of child abuse.

Sports coaches can play an important role in protecting children as long as they are properly trained and know what – and what not – to do. Safeguarding and Protecting Children remains the most popular of all the many CPD workshops we run. More than 400,000 people have now attended the courses, with over £1 million being donated to the NSPCC via royalty payments on the workshop resources. Anne Tiivas, Director of the Child Protection in Sport Unit said recently ‘We have created a safeguarding system for coaches which is the envy of most other sporting nations’.

The full NSPCC report can be downloaded here

Details of our Safeguarding workshops can be found here

Posted: 17 June 2015

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