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UK Coaching, NSPCC and CPSU
Coaching Essentials

Safeguarding & Protecting Children

This 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.

UK Coaching was formerly known as Sports Coach UK. We changed our name after expanding our support as an organisation. 

Every child deserves to enjoy playing sport and engaging in physical activity.

This workshop will help coaches recognise poor practice and the red flags of abuse, while also prompting a review of your coaching practice to ensure that you provide a positive and enriching experience for all children.

Nearly half a million coaches have been through the Safeguarding and Protecting Children workshop in the last 20 years or so.

The workshop has been developed in partnership with the NSPCC and CPSU and updated to include content on Anti-radicalisation and Vulnerable Children and Adults.

The development of new guidance and scenarios is designed to counteract the latest threats to emerge that could impact on the physical or mental health of children in modern Britain.

  • Vulnerable Children and Adults

Some children might be at greater risk of abuse than others (eg disabled children, children in care or talented young people in sport), while some adults are vulnerable and may be at a greater risk of abuse. We have worked with the CPSU to develop some new scenarios that take into account additional vulnerabilities these groups may encounter and how we can ensure their voice is always heard in sport.

  • Anti-radicalisation

We have worked with the Police Prevent team to help develop new guidance and scenarios that will help coaches understand the warning signs that a young person may be being radicalised. We have also included information on how anyone with concerns can contact the NSPCC anti-radicalisation hotline.                       

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.

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. 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 UK Coaching’s Minimum Standards for Active Coaches

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 a copy of Safeguarding and Protecting Children: A Guide for Sportspeople at the workshop to guide you in your future coaching. The comprehensive 166-page guide includes sections on:

  • The fundamentals of safeguarding: Good practice and child protection
  • Understanding and identifying concerns about children
  • Taking appropriate action
  • Safe recruitment guidelines
  • Work through a wide range of scenarios, with feedback on good practice
  • Information on national strategies and legislation.
     

What People Think

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
 

Since attending I am much more aware of how to talk to young people and the body language I use. I look out for signs that any of the children attending might be struggling at school or home, and I feel much more equipped to deal with these challenges as I know what the boundaries are in terms of policies and procedures.

Clarisse Smith, Zone Hockey Coordinator for Birmingham

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.

Workshop fee £275 (for a maximum of 20 learners) plus £9.49 per attendee (for the supporting resource).

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

 

Format

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

Safeguarding and Protecting Children: A Guide for Sportspeople. A 166-page book for each learner to take away to deepen their knowledge or refer to. 

 

We will do most of the hard work. We will send you the accompanying learning materials; our trainer will run the session and we will 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).

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 bookings and issue booking confirmations.

Arrange equipment

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

 

UK Coaching partner organisations can deliver this workshop under licence.

This option gives you more flexibility and savings if you have an in-house trainer. 

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

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 UK Coaching's Minimum Standards for Active Coaches.

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.

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