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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

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