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UK Coaching, NSPCC and CPSU

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.

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

Organisations: In line with current Government restrictions UK Coaching will be happy to accept bookings now for sessions to run using the UK Coaching tutor team.

The welfare of our learners and tutors is of paramount importance to us during these difficult times. UK Coaching recognises the value coaches hold in learning in a face-to-face environment. As such, face-to-face delivery should be undertaken only with appropriate COVID-safe precautions in place and will be entirely at the risk of the partner delivering the session.

As an alternative this workshop is also available as an interactive online classroom for you to book for your coaches, or deliver under licence.

Please get in touch if you would like to learn more.

Coaches: If you have any questions relating to the adjustments being made to ensure COVID-safe delivery of our workshops via our partner organisations, please check directly with your workshop organiser.

You can also choose to book directly onto the online classroom version of this workshop.

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 interactive 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, updated in May 2019, has been developed in partnership with the NSPCC and CPSU and includes new scenarios giving you the opportunity to learn through discussion, exploring the consequences of those decisions in a safe and supportive environment, helping to increase your confidence.

The guidance and scenarios provided are designed to counteract the latest threats to emerge that could impact on the physical or mental health of children in modern Britain, including:

  • 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 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 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.

The course has been awarded 3 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
  • 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.

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 a digital copy of Safeguarding and Protecting Children: A Guide for Sportspeople 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 £385 (for up to 20 learners), which includes delivery fee, digital resource and certification for every learner.

 

Session fee with hard copy resource bundle

£450 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.

 

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

All learners will receive access to our accompanying digital resource, Safeguarding and Protecting Children: A Guide for Sportspeople. If you wish to buy hard copy resources for your coach, we have created a 'bundle' price which incorporates the workshop price, a set of 20 hard-copy resources, and delivery to one UK address (for deliveries to multiple addresses, or an address outside of the UK, please contact our customer services team).

 

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 delgates 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.

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 Safegaurding 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 Safegaurding training every three years.

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

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