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UK Coaching, NSPCC and CPSU

Safeguarding & Protecting Children

This newly updated workshop will raise your awareness of the tell-tale 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.

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This workshop is also available as an online classroom. Learn more here

If you're looking to renew your safeguarding training, we have an eLearning course - 'Renewal: Safeguarding & Protecting Children'. Learn more here

Every child deserves to enjoy playing sport and engaging in physical activity in a safe and supportive environment, where they feel heard, understood, and valued.

This interactive face-to-face workshop will help you recognise and respond to concerns a child may be experiencing, or be at risk of experiencing, harm, neglect, or abuse.

You will learn the importance of person-centred care and taking an individualised approach to your coaching practice, that puts the child or young person at the heart of every session.

More than half a million coaches have been through our Safeguarding and Protecting Children workshop (which launched in 1995), enabling them to provide a positive and enriching experience of physical activity and sport for all children.

UK Coaching works in partnership with the NSPCC and CPSU to regularly review and develop the course content and materials to ensure the learning content, guidance and delivery is current.

  • Updated in April 2022, the guidance and scenarios provided will prompt you to reflect on what it means to be a child today, and to consider the impact and implications on your coaching practice.
  • You will learn techniques to help you develop a child-centred philosophy that positively contributes to ensuring safe practice and creating a safe environment that meets the needs and protects the welfare of all children.

Through interactive scenarios and discussions with people from different sports and activities, you will have the opportunity explore the consequences of those decisions in a safe and supportive environment, helping to increase your confidence to deal with safeguarding issues effectively and counteract the latest threats to emerge that could impact on the physical or mental health of children in modern Britain.

The course has been awarded 2 CPD points by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA).

You will be able to:

  • identify and recognise good coaching practice and the implications for your coaching
  • refresh your knowledge around recognising safeguarding issues, what to do, and just as importantly, what not to do
  • explore your values and feelings in relation to child abuse, and recognise their potential impact on your response
  • take appropriate action if concerns about a child arise
  • learn from and pick the brains of our expert tutors, all of whom have lived Safeguarding experience – such as club welfare officers, schoolteachers, or police officers.

Safeguarding is a ‘Minimum Deployment Requirement' for many governing bodies of sport. The ‘Minimum Deployment Requirements’ are seen as the basic standards every coach needs to meet to carry out their role safely and effectively. It can also be attended by all those responsible for organising children’s sport (eg within governing bodies of sport, local authorities, sports and leisure centres, and sports clubs) and those who lead or deliver children’s sport programmes (eg coaches, leaders, instructors, development officials, administrators, volunteers and parents), an estimated 76% of whom undertake these roles on a voluntary basis.

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. Governing bodies of sport set their own standards for safeguarding training. The NSPCC’s recommendation is that anyone with regular responsibility for children and young people should undertake face-to-face training and the same applies to the Minimum Deployment Requirements. 

Face-to-face training allows delegates to ask questions in a safe environment facilitated by a qualified safeguarding tutor. It also provides the opportunity to discuss specific safeguarding issues that arise during the training. Refresher training is available online. Recommended to be completed at three-yearly intervals.

You will receive three months access to a digital copy of A Guide to Safeguarding Children and Young People in Sport & Physical Activity to guide you in your future coaching.

Packed full of practical guidance it will help you to deal sensitively and effectively with any issues that arise.

Information for Organisations

Want to arrange this workshop for a group of 6 people or more?

If you have more than 6 people to train, we’ll come to you.

Tell us your preferred date and time and we will arrange for one of our tutors to deliver the session. We will help market the event too if you want us to.

Please note, learners who are aged between 16-18 years will require a chaperone.


Session fee with digital resource only

Workshop fee £425 (for up to 20 learners), which includes delivery fee, digital resource and certification for every learner.


Session fee with hard copy resource bundle

£525 for up to 20 learners, which includes delivery fee, digital resource, hard copy resource and certification for every learner. Please note: resources are posted to one central location, to a UK address only. Please contact our customer services team for postage costs outside of the UK.


E-mail us at [email protected] or call us on 0845-601 3054 to organise this workshop.

If you have an in-house trainer you can deliver this workshop under licence.



3-hour workshop

Number of Learners

A minimum of 6 and a maximum of 20 people 

Delivery Method

A mix of theory and practical

Accompanying Learning Materials

Accompanying this session is a digital resource – A Guide to Safeguarding Children and Young People in Sport & Physical Activity – which will be available for three months post workshop. This is not downloadable or printable.

If you wish to buy hard copy resources for your learners, we have created a 'bundle' price which incorporates the classroom price in addition to a set of resources (see "how it works" section above).

Alternatively, your learners do have the opportunity to buy a hard copy resource directly themselves - they can order the book by following this link.

We will do most of the work for you! We will:

  • send you the accompanying learning materials (if applicable)
  • confirm a UK Coaching trainer to run the session
  • send you and your delegates confirmation of the session, including all logistical information
  • email your learners their certificates after the event. 

But here are the things you will need to do to ensure your learners have an enjoyable experience.

Book a space

A meeting room with enough space for the group to split into smaller groups (at least 12 x 12 metres). All venues must be accessible for all participants, including those who may have additional needs (eg wheelchair users). Where possible, a room with WIFI connectivity would be preferable. Please supply the login and password details to the tutor, where applicable.

To ensure that the venue for hosting the training course / workshop is suitable in all respects, please ensure a risk assessment is carried out. 

Send us your list of delegates (at least 5 working days prior to the session)

Using this we can set up your learners with access to their resource and email the session confirmation to you and them.

Communicate with your learners and take bookings

We will market the event on our site if you want us to. But you will also need to invite your people or advertise the event through your own communications. You will need to make sure it’s easy for people to book on the event and you will need to take any appropriate payment.

Arrange any relevant equipment

Screen or laptop and data projector, flip chart, paper and pens are required. Internet access would be beneficial.

Support your learners

During the event you should be present to meet and support the tutor and provide any additional signposting advice to your learners.

Do you have your own tutor team? Save on each workshop you deliver and take advantage of further benefits by becoming a UK Coaching Licensed Partner.

The NSPCC’s recommendation is that anyone with regular responsibility for children and young people should undertake safeguarding training and the same applies to UK Coaching's Minimum Standards for Active Coaches.

Training, either delivered face-to-face or via an online classroom allows delegates to ask questions in a safe environment facilitated by a qualified safeguarding tutor. It also provides the opportunity to discuss specific safeguarding issues that arise during the training.

We recommend your first Safeguarding training takes place in a face-to-face training session, however refresher training can take place either via an online classroom, hosted by a qualified tutor, or eLearning.  It is recommended that active coaches undertake Safeguarding training every three years.

What People Think

Safeguarding is a key responsibility for anyone involved in children’s sport, and the Safeguarding and Protecting Children workshops and online classrooms ensure that staff and volunteers, either in coaching roles or supporting roles, have the knowledge and understanding that they need to fulfil this responsibility. The NSPCC’s Child Protection in Sport Unit fully supports the updated courses to ensure people are equipped to recognise and respond to any concerns children may have in and out of sport, which will lead to safer places for children and young people to enjoy sport and physical activity.

Michelle North, Service Head of the Child Protection in Sport Unit

UK Coaching has an exceptional reputation for delivering outstanding safeguarding training. Its newly updated Safeguarding and Protecting Children learning suite will empower and enable coaches, sports staff, and volunteers to fulfil their safeguarding responsibilities by equipping them with the knowledge and skills they need to demonstrate a robust level of care that ensures the welfare and happiness of every child and young person.

Stuart Armstrong, Sport England Strategic Lead for Workforce Transformation

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