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.
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:
- in England, contact your NGB or county sports partnership (CSP) to see if there are any courses available in your area
- in Wales, contact your NGB, or look on Sport Wales's Club Solutions – Training and events page for 'Safeguarding and Protecting Children' training
- contact your LSCB to see what courses are available in your area. Most LSCB courses are unlikely to specifically reference a sporting environment, however they offer clear information about local contacts, services and processes
- those who have attended the face-to-face workshop can attend refresher training through a UK Coaching session or online course (England) or via the Welsh Sports Association's online course (Wales)
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.