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19 Nov 2019 178

New safeguarding adults course first of its kind

UK Coaching has launched a first of its kind online course dedicated to safeguarding adults, during National Safeguarding Adults Week.

Developed in partnership with the Ann Craft Trust – a national charity who work to minimise the risk of abuse of disabled young people and adults at risk – ‘Safeguarding Adults’ will give anyone who wants to access safeguarding learning, the knowledge and confidence to safeguard adults in sport and physical activity sessions.

The online course will also be the first endorsed by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) against their Safeguarding Adults and Adults at Risk Technical Specialism. Completing the course will give learners three Developmental CIMSPA CPD points.

The new addition is part of UK Coaching’s ‘Duty to Care’ offer to coaches, which includes a suite of safeguarding products such as the NSPCC endorsed Safeguarding & Protecting Children face-to-face workshop. 

UK Coaching’s Development Lead Officer for Children Dave Turner, said:

We’re delighted to launch this online course to help coaches and others better safeguard adults.

“Legislation in the Care Act 2014 introduced additional types of abuse and reporting guidance that coaches need to be aware of, and which may differ to safeguarding young people, as adults often face different challenges. Organisations and individuals must work to prevent abuse from occurring, and be prepared to respond proportionately if abuse or neglect does occur.

“We hope that everyone finds this interactive course, which is the first to be endorsed by CIMSPA against their new professional standards, an exciting way to expand their safeguarding knowledge and skills.”

Ann Craft Trust’s CEO Dr Deborah Kitson, said:

We are pleased to contribute to this online training with UK Coaching and applaud the fact that the sport and activity sector is raising its awareness in this area.

“We hope that this course will equip coaches with the knowledge and information that they require to ensure that they support and safeguard the adults who they are working with and understand how to raise a concern, if necessary. We hope that by feeling safe, more people will feel confident to participate in sport and activity.

The course is available at UKCoaching.org and can be accessed anytime and on any device. Although suitable for everyone, those who deliver coaching in clubs or in community sport and physical activity settings, such as coaches, activators, sports administrators, front of house staff and volunteers are most likely to benefit.

Consisting of five modules, the course lasts approximately 90 minutes and will help learners to:

  • support the welfare of all adults
  • recognise abuse and potential signs of abuse
  • gain insight into how to manage and deal with safeguarding concerns by following the four ‘Rs’ of safeguarding
  • recognise poor practice
  • think about creating positive, safe environments for the people at their sessions
  • and learn the six principles of safeguarding adults.

Running from the 18-24 November 2019, the Ann Craft Trust’s National Safeguarding Adults Week aims to raise awareness of key safeguarding issues facing adults at risk. This year, each day of the week focuses on a different safeguarding theme, with Saturday and Sunday dedicated to safeguarding adults in sport and physical activity.

The course costs £16.99 (including VAT) and UK Coaching Subscribers can enjoy a 20% discount.

Join over 20,000 coaches who access their safeguarding learning through UK Coaching every year, and feel confident in identifying when an adult needs safeguarding. To find out more head to UKCoaching.org/safeguardingadults.