Choose the right training

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A range of safeguarding training courses and learning opportunities have been developed, from introductory to specialist training. These enable staff and volunteers in various roles within sport to increase their knowledge and skills in order to safeguard children effectively.

The cost of training can vary considerably from one provider to another.

Considerations when selecting training

  • For all roles with regular responsibility for children, a direct-delivery or face-to-face course or workshop will typically be 3 hours. This will enable the complexities of safeguarding issues related to the specific role(s) to be addressed and allow opportunties for discussion.
  • Training that has been designed for roles within a sports context will be most appropriate to sports roles. Some national governing bodies have sport-specific courses that will address the particular nature of the sport.
  • The sport safeguarding children initiative is supported by a multi-agency Skills and Knowledge Group. Its position is that if training meets the criteria, 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.

This table provides an overview of which levels of learning are required for different types of roles. Where a box is coloured purple, this indicates that the relevant role should complete this learning or training.

 

Role

 

Introductory safeguarding training

 

Basic safeguarding training

 

Specialist safeguarding training

 

Continual professional development

No contact with children or young people

    

Incidental contact with children and young people

       

Regular contact with children and young people - no direct responsibility for them

       

Young volunteers
 

       

Regular responsibility for children and young people - supervised

       

Regular responsibility for young people - unsupervised

       

Responsibility for children and young people - overnight or residential activities or at an event

       

Designated safeguarding (children and young people) - club level

       

Designated safeguarding (children and young people) - county/regional

       

Designated safeguarding (children and young people) - national level

       

Managerial/board/senior level of employment or deployment

       

Role with responsibility for recruitment decisions

       

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