Safeguarding and Protecting Children

Updated to address the impact of the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012.

Ensure your coaches are equipped with the tools to recognise and respond appropriately to issues of safeguarding and child protection.

The workshop is a ‘Minimum Standards for Active Coaches' requirement for many governing bodies of sport1. It constitutes part of the basic standards a coach needs to be able to carry out their role safely and effectively. It can be delivered to 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.

‘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

What Coaches Will Learn:

  • To explore their own values and feelings in relation to child abuse and appreciate how these may potentially impact on their response.
  • To recognise possible signs of child abuse.
  • How to take appropriate action if concerns about a child arise.

Help coaches to create a positive sports experience for young people.

‘Becoming a sports coach UK Licensed Partner gave us the opportunity to tailor the “Safeguarding and Protecting Children” workshop to best help our clubs and coaches to develop. I would happily recommend both the workshop and becoming a Licensed Partner to other organisations.’

Kirstie Thirde, Compliance Manager, England Golf

> Discover how the ‘Safeguarding and Protecting Children’ workshop has made a remarkable difference to England Golf

How to Organise this Workshop

  1. Ensure you've read and can meet the organiser requirements (PDF).
  2. Submit your booking if you are already a workshop organiser. If you haven't organised a workshop before, take these steps.
  3. To advertise your workshop, please feel free to copy text from the workshop description. You can also embed the Workshop Widget to advertise specific workshops on your website.

93% of delegates rated this workshop 8 out of 10 or higher2.

100% of delegates agreed the sports coach UK tutor performance was good/very good overall for this workshop2.

Accompanying Resource

This workshop comes with a fantastic supporting resource Safeguarding and Protecting Children: A Guide for Sportspeople.

Further Information:

Please note anyone under the age of 16 should not attend this workshop and will not receive a certificate. Instead you should organise Keeping Safe in Sport: Safeguarding for Young Volunteers (13+) which delivers age-appropriate safeguarding information and advice for participants who are themselves children in the eyes of the law.

Unsure if this is the correct 'Safeguarding and Protecting Children' workshop you should be organising? View this helpful diagram (PDF).

If you have any queries, contact the Workshop Booking Centre by email or telephone: 0845-601 3054.

sports coach UK is passionate about coaching and is on hand to help you support, develop and retain the inspirational coaches who are essential to developing sport.

To help you and keep costs low for sports coaches, we continue to subsidise our workshops by over 30%. We also offer you specially discounted prices on the supporting resources that come with the workshops.

The NSPCC receive 33% of the proceeds from the SPC1 resource to help them continue their excellent work protecting children across the UK.

1 Check with governing bodies of sport for further information, and to ascertain whether or not attendance at safeguarding workshops is required before coaching commences.

2 Statistics taken from evaluations of 1 April 2013 – March 31 2014 workshops.

3 This workshop is available to deliver under the Licensed Workshop Partner scheme.

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