Safeguarding Training

Contents (click to go to section)

  1. Coaches and Instructors
  2. Club Welfare Officers
  3. Other Volunteers in your Club
  4. Table of Safeguarding Courses
  5. Information for Clubs about Organising a Safeguarding Course

 

Coaches and Instructors

You need to complete a safeguarding course every 3 years.

YOU MUST COMPLETE ONE FROM THE LIST BELOW – IF YOU DO NOT, WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ACCEPT IT FOR LICENCING PURPOSES

WHICH COURSE?

Initial Course: Must be face-to-face AND

  • Be UK Coaching (formerly SportsCoachUK) Safeguarding and Protecting Children (SPC) Workshop - OR
  • A course delivered by your Local Safeguarding Childrens’ Board.   Please note a course with a sport element will equip you better for your coaching or instructing role - OR
  • If you have attended a face to face safeguarding course as part of your professional work (eg you are a teacher, doctor, childminder etc), or a course for another sports governing body, forward a scanned certificate to dbs@snowsportengland.org.uk to find out if it is acceptable, or whether you still need to attend one of the above or a sports Refresher.

 

Three yearly Refreshers: Can be face to face (as above) or one of two online training courses we accept:

  • For face to face, as Initial Course above
  • E learning – Educare – Child Protection in Sport and Active Leisure
  • E learning – UK Coaching (formerly SportsCoach UK) Safeguarding and Protecting Children (SPC).  There are 3 SPC on line courses to choose from.  The core modules are the same - aim to do a different one in 3 years' time:
    • Renewal:  Safeguarding and Protecting Children - Digital Kids
    • Renewal:  Safeguarding and Protecting Children - Positive Parents
    • Renewal:  Safeguarding and Protecting Children - Deaf and Disabled

PLEASE TAKE NOTE OF THE INFORMATION ABOVE – WE WILL NOT ACCEPT COURSES UNLESS THEY ARE INCLUDED ABOVE.  IF IN DOUBT – CONTACT US FIRST – dbs@snowsportengland.org.uk 

 

Why do I need to attend one?  You need to be aware of good safeguarding practice in snowsport and know what to do if you see or hear something that causes you concern, or if a child tells you something that causes them concern.   By completing a safeguarding course every 3 years, we can help ensure all who work with children in snowsport are up to date with best practice and you can be confident in your approach when working with children.  The importance of the safeguarding role of instructors and coaches must not be underestimated.  Snowsport England carried out a survey of all athletes attending the English Alpine Championships in 2016: When asked “If something, or someone was making you unhappy in your snowsport activity” 67% of athletes said they would talk to their coach about it.  Only 13% would talk to a teacher and 33% would talk to their club welfare officer.  This emphasises the importance of listening to children, and knowing how to respond to a disclosure. 

When?  When you join SSE, or are renewing your membership we will ask for proof of attendance in the last 3 years.  Please send your certificate through to info@snowsportengland.org.uk.

Why won’t Snowsport England accept other courses?

Every day new safeguarding courses are being advertised.  Snowsport England is a small national governing body and we do not have the resources to approve safeguarding courses.  In line with other sporting bodies we follow trainer provider guidance from the Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) who are part of the NSPCC and funded to support national governing bodies of sport.

 

 

Club Welfare Officers

As the person responsible for implementing the safeguarding plan in your club or organisation, you need to do 2 safeguarding courses every 3 years. 

Which courses?

  1.  Initially CWOs must do the face to face UK Coaching (formerly SportsCoach UK) Safeguarding and Protecting Children (SPC) course.  OR we may be able to accept a work based safeguarding course – scan a copy of your certificate and we will let you know if we can accept it. 
  2. You ALSO need to attend the Time to Listen (T2L) course.  This is a course specifically for Club Welfare Officers and goes into good safeguarding practice in your club in more detail.  SSE organises one or two courses a year or you may attend a Multisport T2L course which take place throughout the year across the country.  Contact dbs@snowsportengland.org.uk for details of our next course.  Contact your local County Sports Partnership  for courses in your area.  Some multisport courses are also advertised on the CPSU website.  If you attend a multisport course you must let the Safeguarding Lead know BEFORE attending and download the resources you will need to take with you.
  3. Three years later you must complete another basic safeguarding course AND Time to Listen.  We encourage “blended learning” for CWOs, and do not want to be too prescriptive regarding the specific basic course and you can attend other appropriate safeguarding courses relevant to your role.  For example, a work based course, a safeguarding webinar, e safety training, FGM training, CSE training etc.  Our aim is to keep you up to date with good safeguarding practice and raise awareness of the issues around safeguarding children and young people.  The basic safeguarding refresher can be face to face, e learning or a webinar. 
  4. All CWOs must ALSO attend Time to Listen every 3 years to ensure you remain up to date with safeguarding relevant to your role, and for your club to evidence they take safeguarding seriously

 

Other Volunteers in your Club

Snowsport England encourages your Club to spread the safeguarding message as widely as possible. 

If you are a general club member, or committee member, not in a role where safeguarding training is mandatory, please do still consider some introductory training.  The training will show you:

  • Safeguarding is everybody’s responsibility
  • The categories of abuse
  • Signs and symptoms of abuse
  • What to do if there are concerns about a child and how to respond
  • How to make a safer environment for young people
  • Signposts for further information and support

Table of Safeguarding Courses

Course

Suitable for

Notes

 

Safeguarding and Protecting Children (SPC) face to face course.

 

 

Initial course or a Refresher for:

  • Coaches*
  • Instructors*
  • Club Welfare Officers*
  • General Club Volunteers

 

*Attending a face to face course initially is mandatory for these staff

 

Face to face course delivered by your Local Safeguarding Children Board – ideally with a sports element.

 

Initial course or Refresher for:

  • Coaches
  • Instructors
  • Club Welfare Officers
  • General Club Volunteers

Clubs should ensure staff are aware of safeguarding in a sports environment as this course may not cover sports in detail

Safeguarding and Protecting Children in Sport

E learning course

 

A Refresher for:

  • Coaches
  • Instructors
  • Club Welfare Officers
  • General Club Volunteers

E learning courses are only suitable as refreshers (every 3 years)

Educare for Sport

E learning course

 

A Refresher for:

  • Coaches
  • Instructors
  • Club Welfare Officers
  • General Club Volunteers

E learning courses are only suitable as refreshers (every 3 years)

Child Protection in Sport

E learning course

 

General introduction to safeguarding

  • General club volunteers

NOT SUITABLE for coaches, instructors or CWO's

Good basic course for additional club volunteers who do not come into direct contact with children

 

Time to Listen

Face to face

 

CWOs must attend every 3 years

  • CWOs

 

CWOs must attend T2L every 3 years in addition to a general safeguarding course

 

Webinars

E learning Webinars from the CPSU on a variety of topics including tackling bullying, Keeping children safe online, information sharing in child protection cases; safeguarding LGBT young people and understanding grooming for abuse.

 

A Refresher for:

  • Club Welfare Officers

 

Everyone can attend – but they are not acceptable CPD for Instructors or Coaches and will not count as such

 

 

As a small national governing body, we do not have the resources to approve safeguarding courses. In line with other sporting bodies we follow training provider guidance from the Child Protection In Sport Unit (CPSU) who are part of the NSPCC and funded to support national governing bodies of sport.

If you attend a course not listed, we will not accept it due to the reasons above.  If you are in any doubt, please check with dbs@snowsportengland.org.uk before attending as you could waste your time and money attending an unrecognised course and subsequently need to attend one of the accepted courses above.

Any Questions? Contact Bridget Owen, Safeguarding Lead  – dbs@snowsportengland.org.uk

 

Information for Clubs about Organising a Safeguarding Course

Clubs may wish to put on a safeguarding course for their instructors and coaches.  Please ensure it is either:

  1. A UK Coaching Safeguarding and Protecting Children Course or
  2. A course organised by their Local Safeguarding Children’s Board, ideally with a sport element.

There will still remain a need for Clubs to ensure coaches and instructors and others working with children receive an induction so they understand Club and Snowsport England’s policies, procedures and good practice guidance for working with children.

 

 
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