Time to Listen success in the South West

Last updated: 10 Feb 2017 Topics: Working with our partners Safer recruitment Safeguarding children Type: News article

Alongside the other CSPs in the South WestWesport is developing a co-ordinated approach to delivering multi-sport Time to Listen safeguarding training.

The West of England Sport Trust (Wesport) is one of seven County Sports Partnerships (CSPs) in the South West whose safeguarding lead officers meet on a quarterly basis with a member of the CPSU team to discuss safeguarding changes, best practice and training.

A co-ordinated approach to training

As a result of working closely together on safeguarding, the seven CSPs agreed it would benefit clubs and their volunteers to coordinate the dates and promotion of Time to Listen training across the region.

This would then ensure that volunteer welfare officers across the South West had the opportunity to attend Time to Listen training on dates convenient to them, in venues that may be more accessible than ones held in their own areas.

Wesport now coordinates the dates on behalf of all these CSPs. It also produces a flyer with all of the training dates, contact details, venues and logos, which is forwarded to all of the regional contacts within national governing bodies of sport.

Michelle North, CPSU senior consultant, said:

“This is a really good example of County Sports Partnerships working together to ensure training is offered across the South West. It has helped them plan their training delivery across the year, enabling Club Welfare Officers to attend relevant training when needed and in a location that is convenient to them. Another benefit of this is that the courses are well attended so it is also cost-effective for the organisation.”

These training dates are also promoted through the CPSU website on our training and events pages.