Safeguarding and Protecting Children FAQs


Q. What is the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA)?

A. The Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) has been created to help prevent unsuitable people from working with children and vulnerable adults. 

Q. In the True/False section in the Safeguarding course, one of the statements is: “In some cultures it is acceptable for children to be abused” the answer is false. I have had instances where people from different cultures have openly stated that it was the norm to beat their children with a stick. How can I discuss this issue with participants if the course materials clearly state one answer?

A. Physical abuse may be justified as acceptable by a range of different people and this is not exclusive to different cultures. This exercise provides the opportunity to explore this with participants. The “true” “false” answers are probably misleading and the objective of this exercise should be to encourage debate.

Q. Can you clear up an issue with regards to the age of consent and coaching which was discussed at a Safeguarding and Protecting Children workshop?

A. It is not illegal for a coach to have sex with someone over the age of consent (16) in general. But it is illegal for a coach to have sex with anyone under the age of 18 if they hold a position of trust for that child. i.e. they coach them. So if they coach someone aged under 18 years old it is illegal, if they do not hold a position of trust to that child then it is legal. In this instance anyone under the age of 18 is legally deemed to be a child.

Q. Having checked with my NGB I was given to understand that at this moment in time there are only two professions that can be prosecuted for the abuse of trust namely SCHOOL TEACHERS & SOCIAL WORKERS. Is this true?

If it is, would this make sexual intercourse between to people at 16 not illegal even though one of them was a coach and possibly over 18?

Although it would be recognised and be dealt with as poor practice by the NGB.

In conclusion I believe that NGB’s are trying to make Abuse of Trust by coaches an offence.

A. Answer within the Abuse of Positions of Trust within Sport document.

Q. I am an experienced tutor of adults in the SPC workshop. How might I engage well with 16-18 year delegates on this workshop... any tips?

A. Here are some things you can try:

  • Split the groups so that there is a mix of ages, with under 18s spread out into different groups.
  • If there’s a majority of under 18s in the session, try creating smaller group sizes and use a couple of the more experienced coaches to “mentor” them.
  • Allow some of the more experienced coaches the choice to work in pairs if they prefer.
  • Relate the workshop content to everyone personally, asking them how they would have felt in the scenarios described. This approach allows everyone to speak and identify their empathy for the people described in the scenario.
  • Get them to do two different activities – one for the younger group and one for the older group.

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