Specialist safeguarding training

About specialist safeguarding training
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The content of these types of safeguarding training will depend upon the specific specialism of the role concerned.

Who this training is for

Specialist safeguarding is for roles and responsibilities such as:

  • designated safeguarding roles, such as lead safeguarding officers and club welfare officers
  • those responsible for recruitment of roles working with children
  • case management groups
  • event management

Click on the tabs above (or below, on mobile devices) for further information on the training available for these roles.

What this training should include

This safeguarding training should address the specific needs of the roles concerned.

Delivery should include a face-to-face element.

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

The NSPCC offers online and face-to-face safer recruitment training courses.

National governing bodies (NGBs) of sport may have their own training for this level. There are also a number of local authority courses available, among others.

For further information on training opportunities, contact your national sports governing body or county sports partnership (CSP) to see if there are any courses available in your area.

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Designated safeguarding roles
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Designated safeguarding roles

Who this training is for

This includes training for club welfare officers, regional and county safeguarding officers, and national lead officers in England and Wales.

Designated Safeguarding Children Officer (DSCO) training in Northern Ireland is delivered by Sport Northern Ireland. Visit the SportNI website or email info@sportni.net for more information.

Time to Listen (TTL) training

The CPSU has developed Time to Listen (TTL), a training programme specifically for people who have a designated role in safeguarding within a sports setting in England and Wales.

TTL is a training course designed to equip designated persons at various levels within sporting organisations to fulfil their safeguarding responsibilities to children. The training is delivered at 3 levels:

TTL training is only available to those who have already attended recognised basic awareness training.

Sport England fund places on these courses. However, there may be charges for sports who do not receive Sport England funding.

Contact us for dates and to book places.

Time to Listen – club safeguarding and welfare officers

There are 2 ways to access the club-level TTL training, which consists of a 3- or 4-hour workshop:

  1. Sport-specific training for club welfare officers, delivered by the NGB’s own trainers.
  2. Multi-sport training for club welfare officers, delivered by the CSP.

Please contact your national governing body to find out which version of the TTL training your club welfare officers should access.

To find out which NGBs and CSPs run sport-specific TTL and/or accept multi-sport TTL training, please contact us.

This training has only been developed for club welfare officers (CWOs) within sports organisations in England and Wales.

Time to Listen – regional or county safeguarding and welfare officers

At regional or county level, training for safeguarding and welfare officers is developed with the sport to ensure that it is sport-specific. It'll be a 5- or 6-hour course, commissioned by the respective NGB, with the training delivered by the CPSU. 

Time to Listen – national lead safeguarding officers (NGBs and CSPs)

At national level, training for designated lead officers is delivered by the CPSU. This is a 2-day course addressing the wider role of the lead officer and safeguarding developments across their sport. National TTL courses are run several times a year. 

TTL information and booking

For further information about dates and to book a place on a Time to Listen course, please contact us.

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Other specialist safeguarding roles

Other specialist safeguarding roles

Training is available that is tailored for specific roles and responsibilities.

Who this training is for

This includes training for positions that deal with:

Risk assessment in recruitment

In addition to the NSPCC's safer recruitment courses, the CPSU delivers a Risk Assessment in Recruitment workshop to enable organisations to make safer recruitment decisions for staff and volunteers working with children and young people.

This training is for those who are responsible for recruitment and selection of staff and volunteers.

This workshop is currently only available to staff or volunteers in national governing bodies (NGBs) or county sports partnerships (CSPs) with responsibility for risk-assessing Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosure information as part of recruitment decisions in their organisation.

The workshop seeks to enable participants to:

  • understand where DBS (or AccessNI) disclosures sit within a safe recruitment process
  • understand how information arises on a DBS (or AccessNI) disclosure
  • understand what type of information arises on a DBS (or AccessNI) disclosure
  • identify a process and basis for making defensible decisions about an applicant’s potential risk following receipt of positive DBS (or AccessNI) disclosure information
  • clarify when and how to seek specialist support in undertaking risk assessments
  • undertake practical activities to consolidate this learning

For more information and details of future dates for this workshop, please contact us.

Case management training

This training is for those involved in making decisions about how to manage concerns about children within their sports organisation.

The CPSU deliver case management training for NGBs to help develop structures and processes in managing case concerns. We also organise consultation and training in response to identified need within NGBs. For more information, contact your NGB or contact us.

Sport Resolutions provide training in a range of areas concerning case management. Further information is available on their website.

Event management training

This training, currently in development, is for those involved in managing safeguarding at sporting events. For more information, contact your NGB or contact us.

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