Specialist safeguarding training

About specialist safeguarding training
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The content of these types of safeguarding training will depend upon the 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 NGB or county sports partnership (CSP) to find out if courses are available in your area. 

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.

Club level courses

Time to Listen (TTL) training for club welfare officers

The CPSU has developed Time to Listen (TTL) to provide safeguarding training for club welfare officers in England and Wales.

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

There are 2 ways to access TTL training, which consists of a 3-hour workshop:

  1. sport-specific training for club welfare officers, delivered by your National Governing Body (NGB) and their own trainers
  2. multi-sport training for club welfare officers, delivered by your local County Sports Partnership (CSP) 

You'll need to contact your NGB to find out which version of this training they ask club welfare officers to attend. You can also find out whether your NGB runs a sport-specific course. 

Information and booking for club level courses

To find out which CSPs run a multi-sport version of the course, contact your local CSP or take a look at our upcoming courses and events page for courses taking place across the UK. 

National level courses

An introduction to the role of a lead safeguarding officer in NGBs

At national level, training for designated lead officers is delivered by the CPSU. This course covers:

  • an introduction to the role of the lead safeguarding officer
  • an introduction to case management

National courses are run several times a year. 

An introduction to the role of a lead safeguarding officer in CSPs

Training for designated lead officers in CSPs is delivered by the CPSU. This is a 2-day course addressing the role of the lead officer, including the opportunity to explore specialist areas of interest. National courses are run several times a year.

Information and booking for national courses

Sport England and UK Sport fund places on national level courses. However, there may be charges for organisations who do not receive funding from these bodies. 

Please get in touch with us for further information about national training courses.

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:

An introduction to safer recruitment and DBS

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.

An introduction to case management

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

The CPSU delivers case management training for lead safeguarding officers in NGBs as part of the 2-day Safeguarding Training for National Lead Safeguarding Officers course. Further training is being developed to support organisations to revise and develop their 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 provides training in a range of areas concerning case management. Further information is available on its 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.