Safeguarding and Protecting Children in Martial Arts

Create a Positive Sports Experience for Young People

In autumn 2015, the CPSU asked UK Coaching to develop a Martial Arts version of our traditional Safeguarding and Protecting Children Workshop. The idea was to develop a workshop that takes into account the terminology used within Martial Arts clubs and to make some of the scenarios used in the workshop specific to Martial Arts.  This workshop still offers all the vital information coaches will need to recognise and respond to abuse.

Every child deserves to enjoy their sport. This workshop will raise your awareness of the telltale 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.

Updated to address the impact of the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012.

Please note if you’re a young volunteer in sport under the age of 16 ‘Keeping Safe in Sport: Safeguarding for Young Volunteers (13+) is the workshop for you. Anyone under the age of 16 will not receive a certificate for attending this workshop. Still not sure which safeguarding and protecting children workshop is for you? Download this helpful diagram.

(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.)

Duration: 3 hours

Group size: 6-20

‘The “Safeguarding and Protecting Children” workshops and resource meet the key safeguarding learning needs of coaches and other sports staff and volunteers. The NSPCC and its Child Protection in Sport Unit fully support the new workshop and resources to help organisations and individuals to act to make sport the best it can be for current and future generations.’

Anne Tiivas, Director of the Child Protection in Sport Unit

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.

93% of delegates rated this workshop 8 out of 10 or higher**.

100% of delegates agreed the sports coach UK tutor performance was good/very good overall for this workshop**.

Accompanying Resource

You will receive a copy of Safeguarding and Protecting Children: A Guide for Sportspeople at the workshop. If you can’t attend the workshop, you can buy the resource from our online shop, 1st4sport.com.

> Find a workshop running near you

Can’t find a workshop near you? Either get in contact with your local County Sports Partnership (CSP) and let them know you would like them to run it, or you can let us know.

*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.

**Statistics taken from evaluations of 1 April 2013 – March 31 2014 workshops.

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