Choose the right training


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 opportunities for discussion.
  • Training that has been designed for roles within a sports context will be most appropriate to sports roles. Some national governing bodies (NGBs) have sport-specific courses that will address the particular nature of the sport.
  • If training meets the criteria relevant for the specific role, it should be acceptable to other NGBs unless it is distinctly different. However, there will still remain the need for a coach working across several NGBs to be inducted into 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.




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