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UK Coaching, NSPCC and CPSU

Safeguarding & Protecting Children (Online Classroom)

This newly updated 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.

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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 online classroom 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.

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).

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
  • 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. 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 A Guide to Safeguarding Children and Young People in Sport & Physical Activity 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. If you are aged between 16 and 18 years, you can book onto our Safeguarding & Protecting Children (16-18) Online Classroom.

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 15 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)


Session fee with digital resource only

Workshop fee £310 (for up to 15 learners). This price includes delivery fee, course administration, digital resource and certification for each learner.


Session fee with hard copy resource bundle

Session fee £350 (for up to 15 learners). This price includes delivery fee, course administration, digital resource, hard copy resource and certification for each learner.


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


Do you have your own tutor team and want to take advantage of discounted rates? You may be eligible to deliver this title under license. See the "Deliver this online classroom under license" tab below for more information.

3 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 15 learners per session. Any more than this and the quality of learning will be affected. Strictly there is no minimum number, however fewer than 4 people may impact the discussions and activites undertaken.

An online classroom facilitated by a tutor and fully interactive. The learner will be involved in real-time activities and discussions. Live Captioning/subtitles are available for learners with any auditory support requirements. Please let our customer services team know in advance or make the tutor aware at the beginning of the session.

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 would prefer, you can buy a hard copy version of the resource delivered directly to your door by visiting the following link.

Do you have your own tutor team? Take advantage of savings on each session you deliver, along with further benefits, by becoming a UK Coaching Licensed Partner.

Delivering our online classroom under license costs from £180 for up to 15 learners. Find out by contacting our team by emailing [email protected]

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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