Basic safeguarding training

England and Wales

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', ideally 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 

Importance of interactive training

Interactive 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 Partnerships (LSPs); these are often still referred to by their former name, Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs). For more information on these training opportunities: 

In the view of the Sport Safeguarding Partnership (SSP) if training meets the criteria listed above, it should be acceptable to other NGBs unless there is a distinct difference.

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

Martial arts specific safeguarding training

In autumn 2015, the CPSU asked UK Coaching to develop a martial arts version of their traditional Safeguarding and Protecting Children Workshop.

The idea was to develop a workshop that takes into account the terminology used within martial arts clubs and to make some of the scenarios used in the workshop specific to martial arts.  

This workshop still offers all the vital information coaches will need to recognise and respond to abuse.

For further information about this course and booking, please visit UK Coaching's website.

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 resources

Professional standards for coaches and coaching assistants have been developed by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) and UK Coaching. These are part of a library of standards for roles in sport and physical activity.

Related information

Northern Ireland

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 to and report concerns
  • reporting procedures
  • dealing with issues such as confidentiality

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

Training provided by Sport Northern Ireland

Sport Northern Ireland offer two levels of 3-hour safeguarding workshops as detailed below. 

A number of sports governing bodies offer sport-specific safeguarding training – 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 how to book.

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

See below for more information and how to book. 

Sport NI workshop info and booking

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

Sport NI Education Department
Tel: 028 9038 1222 | Email:

Other courses and workshops

NSPCC Learning offers courses and consultancy services in NI – see Child protection training and consultancy in Northern Ireland for details.

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