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Safeguarding and Protecting People

Learn how to create an environment where children, young people and vulnerable adults feel safe

UK Coaching is here to inspire and support coaches to deliver great coaching through best practice, training, research and industry standards across sports, communities and national governing bodies.

For over 25 years UK Coaching have worked with the NSPCC and Child Protection and Support Unit (CPSU) to set the right standards and raise awareness among coaches of how to recognise and respond to matters of safeguarding children and adults at risk.

We have also partnered/teamed up with The Ann Craft Trust to offer learning on how to support and promote the welfare of adults at risk.

This page gives you an overview of our most popular Safeguarding courses and resources. 

This includes our popular and well-established Safeguarding and Protecting Children Workshop and Online Classroom.

All have recently been updated (April 2022) with guidance and scenarios that: 

  • encourage you to reflect on what it means to be a child in modern Britain
  • consider the implications of adopting a child-first approach that involves putting the child’s voice and choice at the centre of your coaching practice
  • provide you with techniques for the practical application of child-first practices that support creating a safe and supportive environment for all.

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

Online Classrooms

Safeguarding & Protecting Children  NEW

Raise your awareness of the tell-tale signs of abuse, and gain the tools and confidence you need to deal with any issues sensitively, appropriately and effectively.

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Safeguarding & Protecting Children 16-18 Years

Similar to the Safeguarding & Protecting Children Online Classroom but for young coaches aged 16-18 years only.

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Face-to-Face Workshops

Safeguarding & Protecting Children (Workshop) NEW

This newly updated 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.

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Renewal: Safeguarding and Protecting Children

Refresh and update your understanding of safeguarding at your convenience

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Safeguarding Adults (Developed with the Ann Craft Trust)

Learn how you can support and promote the welfare of adults on this online course, endorsed by CIMSPA.

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Keeping Deaf and Disabled Children Safe in Sport

Learn how  you can make sport inclusive for children with a condition or impairment - at a time to suit you.

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Duty to Care Toolkit

Duty to Care

Earn our nationally recognised Digital Badge by demonstrating your thorough knowledge of the five pillars of Duty to Care.

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Five Pillars of Duty to Care: Safeguarding

Safeguarding & Protecting People (children and adults, grassroots to high performers) from harmful practice in sport and physical activity.

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Safeguarding Resources

Safeguarding: Child-centred Coaching Practices that Support Creating a Safe Environment for All

Two of the UK’s leading children’s coaches and coach educators, Richard Cheetham MBE and Russell Earnshaw, share a range of approaches and techniques that coaches can apply to create a safe and supportive environment for young people, so that every child feels heard, understood, and valued



The 'Four Rs' of Safeguarding Adults



How to Act to Safeguard Adults at Risk of Abuse



Safeguarding Adults: Your Questions Answered

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Safeguarding and Protecting Children - FAQs

Quick guide to identifying the essentials of good coaching practice, with particular consideration to working with children and young people.


The Five Pillars of Duty to Care

We explore the five areas that together form UK Coaching's Duty to Care ethos and underline the need for coaches to increase their depth of knowledge around this pressing topic to help look after themselves, as well as their participants.


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