Basic safeguarding training

England and Wales
Swimming 6

Basic training outlines the core principles of safeguarding good practice, responding to concerns and legislation.

This training is a useful precursor to more specialist training, providing an introduction to the responsibilities of those working with children.

Who this training is for

Basic courses or workshops are appropriate for those working in sport with regular responsibility for children and young people.

Certain aspects of safeguarding training are different in Northern Ireland – click on the tab above (or below, on mobile devices) for further information.

Access to training differs in England and Wales, as described under Who provides training.

What this training should include

  • exploring the practical implications of the issues highlighted under 'raising awareness' within a sports context
  • legislative context of safeguarding
  • skill development around identifying, responding to and reporting concerns
  • signposting for further information and sources of support

This training should contain a face-to-face element the first time that a person attends it, with possible refresher training available online.

Importance of face-to-face training

Face-to-face 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.

Who provides training

Some national governing bodies (NGBs) of sport have their own training for this level, while others access generic training such as the Safeguarding and Protecting Children training provided by UK Coaching or direct delivery safeguarding courses delivered by the Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs). For more information on these training opportunities: 

The Sport Safeguarding Partnership is supported by a multi-agency Skills and Knowledge Group. Its position is that if training meets the criteria listed above, it should be acceptable to other NGBs unless it is distinctly different.

There will still remain the need for a coach working across several NGBs to be inducted to each NGB's policies, procedures and good practice guidance for coaches.

Other courses and workshops

Visit the NSPCC Training pages for training courses and resources for anyone working to safeguard children and young people in the UK. These include the Child protection in sport course, an online introductory safeguarding course.

Further information

Northern Ireland
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Northern Ireland safeguarding training

Certain aspects of safeguarding training are different in Northern Ireland than in England and Wales.

Who this training is for

All staff and volunteers, including Designated Safeguarding Children's Officers (DCSOs) and Management Committee members, should receive safeguarding training appropriate for their role.

Training should be updated and reviewed regularly for staff and volunteers, and in line with changing legislation.

What this training should include

  • a basic awareness and understanding of safeguarding issues
  • skill development to identify, respond and report concerns
  • reporting procedures
  • dealing with issues such as confidentiality

For more information regarding safeguarding training, contact your national governing body (NGB).

Who provides training

Sport Northern Ireland offer these 3-hour safeguarding workshops:

  1. Safeguarding Children and Young People in Sport 
  2. Designated Safeguarding Children's Officer (DSCO)

A number of sports governing bodies' offer sport specific safeguarding training and you should contact you own governing body for more information. Alternatively, you can contact your local council's sports development officer for advice on accessing training.

Safeguarding Children and Young People workshop

During this training, you'll learn:

  • to understand the background to safeguarding children in sport
  • to identify best practice procedures to safeguard children in sport
  • to recognise different categories of child abuse
  • to identify the signs of poor practice and/or abuse
  • to respond to poor practice or abuse concerns

See below for further information and to book a Sport NI training course.

Designated Safeguarding Children's Officer (DSCO)

The aim of the workshop is to enable participants to become familiar with the role of a Designated Safeguarding Children's Officer and develop their competence and confidence in carrying out this role within sport.

Participants must have attended the Safeguarding Children and Young People in Sport workshop prior to attending this training.

During this training, you'll learn to:

  • understand your roles and responsibilities
  • reflect on the communication skills needed for your role
  • recognise and respond appropriately to a range of situations that give grounds for concern

Sport NI workshop info and booking

For further information and to book a place on a Sport Northern Ireland workshop, contact:

Marie-Therese Higgins, Development Assistant
Tel: 028 9038 1222 | Email: marietheresehiggins@sportni.net