NEW SAFEGUARDING COURSE
NATIONAL GOVERNING BODY KEEN TO MAKE SAFETY A PRIORITY IN ATHLETICS
ANEW mandatory online safeguarding course for coaches has been launched in an effort to ensure children and adults at risk within the sport are protected.
UK Athletics and the home country athletics federations have been working with EduCare – an independent and industry-leading provider – to develop a course which will meet the requirements within the Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) annual national governing body assessment process.
Nigel Holl, UKA interim chief executive, said: “Safeguarding is everyone’s business and UKA alongside the home country athletics federations are leading by example by meeting the requirements of the CPSU.
“We want, and need children, young people and adults at risk to feel safe and at ease in all athletics environments, so it is critical that all our coaches – whatever level and experience – complete the online course so we can maintain the integrity of our sport and the safety of those within it.
“We understand the huge time and resource demands on our dedicated and primary volunteer workforce, which is why extra measures have been taken to ensure this is a course they can complete in their own time and at lowest possible cost due to it being subsidised.
“When it comes to welfare and safeguarding we cannot take any shortcuts in getting this right. We have to ensure athletics coaches are best prepared but also that we help them to do it affordably and with a course that most closely meets the unique requirements of our sport.”
The new course will be introduced in phases from April 1 to coincide with each coach’s DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) renewal. The online nature of the training allows coaches to complete it in their own time and choice of location. It is also subsidised – costing £10 to access – and comprises two modules as well as a short, multiple-choice test after each module.
Nigel Holl: calling on all coaches to complete online safeguarding course