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Duty to Care: Safe to Practice

Operate with safety and effectiveness while promoting well-being for you and your participants within your scope of practice

  Knowledge Check

Do you feel ready to put your knowledge to the test? If so you can enrol now for FREE, otherwise you can continue reading this page to find more resource tips and guides and learn more about our courses and online learning products around this intrinsic theme of Duty to Care. Register for the Safe to Practice Knowledge Check and you will be automatically enrolled onto the Knowledge Checks for Diversity, Inclusion, Mental Health & Well-being, Physical Well-being, and Safeguarding.


Below you will find essential resources, workshops and online courses covering the Safe to Practice pillar of Duty to Care.

Our comprehensive suite of learning aims to galvanise the coaching sector to fulfil its obligations around the education and provision of the six pillars of Duty to Care.

Key Resources


Understand the elements around your coaching activity that are critical to creating a safe environment, and ensure you have a firm grasp of the legislation that applies to you in your coaching practice.

Where is the Line? Action Replay



A guided discussion on selected clips from the 20-minute ‘Where is the Line?’ film that centre on the theme of safe to practice. Watch the replays and work through key learning points.

Upgrade to Premium Membership of UK Coaching Club to access a more dynamic 'Where is the Line?' guided reflection experience which uses the voice of industry experts to guide your learning and simulate a trainer-led session.

Beyond the Activity: Your Duty to Care



An introduction to the Duty to Care Hub, providing valuable insights into the six new pillars of Duty to Care.

Hosted by UK Coaching’s Head of Coaching and Policy Heather Douglas, discover how the latest in learning technology and host of new courses and resources can help you put Duty to Care at the heart of your coaching practice.

Concussion: How to Recognise and Respond



Hosted by Chair of the UK Concussion Guidelines Expert Group Professor James Calder, this webinar will cover how to recognise concussion and immediate actions to be taken.

Join us to learn how to respond if someone you coach sustains a concussion and how to support their recovery and graduated return to activity and sport. 



Continue your learning journey

Handpicked resources on the theme of Safe to Practice that will help you develop your learning around this pillar of duty to care




Questions to Ask When Injured Athletes Return to Sport

Developed in partnership with Head Coach at Excelsior Athletic Development Club James Marshall, this infographic depicts the questions that you should consider when an athlete that you coach returns to sport following an injury




Coaching Athletes Returning to Sport After Injury

Taking the time to ensure that injured athletes feel included and motivated is beneficial for them and the team and can increase the likelihood that they will return to sport more quickly. Advice developed in partnership with Head Coach at Excelsior Athletic Development Club James Marshall includes modifying tasks to enable them to participate in sessions




Supporting Participants Returning to Play Following Injury

Returning to physical activity and exercise following injury requires careful consideration and planning to ensure that the individual is ready physically to progress and resume the activity. Sports Physiotherapist at Regeneration Physiotherapy Group Curtis Taylor shares a handy return to play visual to guide the support you offer




Safe Practice Resources

Ensuring safe practice is essential to keeping you and your participants safe. Use these downloads, checklists and templates to help you apply the principles of safe practice to your coaching




How to Respond to a Suspected Concussion

The DCMS and the Sport and Recreation Alliance have provided clear guidance for grassroots sports coaches on how to manage a concussion during practice and competition. Our simple infographic identifies the key steps to follow




How to Respond to a Suspected Concussion

The DCMS and the Sport and Recreation Alliance have provided clear guidance for grassroots sports coaches on how to manage a concussion during practice and competition. Our simple infographic identifies the key steps to follow




The Should and Should Nots of Concussion

Ensuring that your participants and their immediate support network are aware of the new concussion guidelines is an important and often challenging task. Our easy-to-understand infographic can help you achieve this simply and effectively




Inclusivity Within Your Coaching Practice

Using your coaching craft to create inclusive sessions for your participants ensures that everyone is motivated, engaged and developing. In the final part of our series, coaches Danny Newcombe and Chris Chapman highlight the importance and benefits of being adaptable, setting challenges and using constraints within your coaching sessions




How to Create an Inclusive Environment

Inclusion is about ensuring everyone has a positive experience of sport and physical activity. Here is our guide to being an inclusive coach

Other resources you may be interested in...




How to Respond to a Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Regular physical activity is important for good health. Unfortunately, sudden cardiac arrests can sometimes occur, so being prepared for medical emergencies is vital. In this guide Sport England outlines the steps, as part of 'The Chain of Survival', so you will know what to do in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest.




Sudden Cardiac Arrest: Tips to Help You Be Prepared in a Heart Emergency

Sudden cardiac arrest is something we all need to know about. Here is netball coach Christine Prokaza’s life-saving advice for coaches – which she followed precisely on the day one of her players experienced a cardiac arrest at a netball tournament. Christine and her fellow coaches’ knowledge and preparedness was critical, helping them save her life




Encouraging Parents to be Part of the Team

Are parents a part of your team or do you leave them on the bench? Gordon MacLelland of Working With Parents in Sport (WWPIS) delivers sound advice and sensible considerations for coaches grappling with a conflicted relationship with parents




Communicating with Parents

Gordon MacLelland (Working With Parents in Sport) shares with Chris Chapman his experience of working with parents of athletes, focusing on the value of regular communication.

eLearning Courses

Safe to Practice elearning Series



This unique eLearning series is meticulously crafted to empower coaches with the knowledge to create a safe and nurturing environment for their participants. This series includes three courses – Creating a Safe Environment, Creating Safe Sessions, Safe Deployment of Coaches, Volunteers, and Helpers – during which you will explore 15 key principles of safe practice. Premium Members can access for free as part of their membership and UK Coaching Club members can purchase for £12 each. 

Safe to Practice: Concussion Awareness for Coaches



In this 15-minute eLearning module – which UK Coaching Club Premium members can access for free – you will explore and understand concussion: what it is; how it is caused; the signs and symptoms; the impact of concussion on a person’s life; what you can do in your coaching environment to support people with concussion; how to support people to return to sport and physical activity after experiencing concussion; and signposting support for people with concussion.





Concussion Information Page

Resources, eLearning, a video and a webinar to help you understand and apply the government guidance on concussion to identify, manage, and prevent concussions.

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