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UK Coaching, NSPCC and CPSU

Safeguarding & Protecting Children (Online)

This Online Classroom 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. £30 per coach.


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

This interactive online classroom 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.

The course has been awarded 3 CPD points by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA).

Please note, this online classroom session is for over 18’s only.

Although you can access our online classroom using any mobile device, the best experience will be achieved by using a laptop or PC. Once booked, the link to your online classroom will be provided via a confirmation email you receive from UK Coaching.

You will need the following equipment:

  • Headset or a device with speakers
  • Device with a microphone
  • Ability to connect directly into your router (wifi access may drop out)


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. The online classroom 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 ideally undertake face-to-face training and the same applies to the Minimum Deployment Requirements’  However, these are extenuating circumstances and UK Coaching believe it is important that Safeguarding training is still made available at this time.

Online Classroom 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 an online version of the Safeguarding and Protecting Children: A Guide for Sportspeople before the workshop. If you wish to buy a hard copy at £9.49 (+p&p) click here. Packed full of practical guidance it will help you to deal sensitively and effectively with any issues that arise.

During the online classroom session you will be able to participate fully and contextualise your own learning through various activities and making notes in the activity resources provided.

Please note, this online classroom session is for over 18’s only.

Really good classroom, would definitely recommend. Learnt loads.

Well presented, full of useful information, ideas and scenarios.

Very clear; well laid out; good environment and helpful.

Good course, very helpful and thought-provoking.

Very informative and relaxed.

Engaging and interesting to explore different scenarios and what action to take: I learnt a lot. Thank-you!

Excellent delivery and interaction. Really good content. Great starting point for someone like me taking over as club welfare officer.

The presentation was very easy to follow/understand and the online discussions raised several questions that you might not have thought about.

I would not hesitate to recommend this course to my coaches and poolside helpers.

Perfect! It was quick, simple, and easy and I understood every point that was put across.

Very clear and informative, better than being in a classroom.

Very well made and interactive course, giving information on key topics of safeguarding.

Information for Organisations

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

Our online classroom works well with up to 12 learners. No more than this, please.

Tell us your preferred date and time and we will arrange for one of our tutors to deliver the session via booking form. We are also running our own online sessions, the list of which can be found here (if you would rather direct your learners to another session)

Workshop fee £230 (for up to 12 learners). This price includes downloadable activity cards and a digital resource (available for 3 months).

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

2 and a half hour online classroom. Delivered by an accredited and experienced UK Coaching tutor.

The learner will need strong internet access (ideally directly through their router) plus a PC/Laptop (ideally, but they can also access this using a tablet or phone), with working speaker and microphone.

A maximum of 12 learners per session. Any more than this and the quality of learning will be affected. There is no minimum number.

An online classroom facilitated by a tutor and fully interactive. The learner will be involved in real-time activities and discussions.

6 ‘editable PDF’ activity cards can be printed off or worked through online, during the session. Also accompanying this session is an online resource/e-book which will be available for 3 months post workshop.

Your learner will have an opportunity to purchase a hard copy of the resource which will be posted directly to them.

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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