Coaching in the UK

Updated safeguarding workshops now available

Tue, 02 Apr 2013

sports coach UK’s new Safeguarding and Protecting Children (SPC1) and Safeguarding and Protecting Children 16–18 (SPC16–18) workshops and supporting resource are now available for sports organisations to deliver.

The workshops and resource have been updated in light of the introduction of the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012, introduced in September 2012, and use new scenarios and case studies to help coaches recognise and understand safeguarding issues and good practice in their everyday coaching.

The Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 has brought changes that affect the sport sector, including:

  • changes to UK legislation and government guidance
  • updated disclosure and barring procedures
  • changes to the definition of regulated activity.

David Turner, sports coach UK Development Lead Officer – Children and Schools, said: "Changes in legislation mean it’s been the ideal time for us and the Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU), which is part of the NSPCC, to review and update the materials. We’ve taken on board feedback, improved the workshop and simplified the supporting resource, to give delegates the best possible experience and most up to date information available."

Director of the CPSU Anne Tiivas said: "Sports coaches play an essential role in ensuring that children and young people are able to participate in sport in a safe and enjoyable environment that meets their needs. The ‘Safeguarding and Protecting Children’ workshops and resource meet the key safeguarding learning needs of coaches and other sports staff and volunteers. The responsibility to ensure the protection and well-being of children could not be higher on the public’s agenda than it is now. All of us have a responsibility to fully understand what we need to do to fulfil our duty of care to children in and through sport. The NSPCC and CPSU fully support the new workshops and resource to help organisations and individuals to act to make sport the best it can be for current and future generations."

Organisations interestedin running the updated workshops should call the sports coach UK Workshop Booking Centre on 0845-601 3054 or visit for more information.

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