Safeguarding for Coaches

If you have any Safeguarding concerns please click this Reporting Concerns document.

Make sure your club is safe and support your coaches

All coaches should be aware of their club’s welfare policies and who their club welfare officer is.

Active Lincolnshire looks to implement national Minimum Standards for Active Coaches which has been recommended for use by organisations engaged in the employment, deployment and development of coaches. These have been developed by National Governing Bodies, The Child Protection in Sport Unit and Sports Coach UK.

Download the full document here.

Coaches should work with their clubs and NGBs to keep up to date not only with training but also including practice, safety and insurance.

Safeguarding training

Safeguarding training is imperative, in order to comply with the national Minimum Standards for Active Coaches.

Some NGBs have their own course but if yours does not then make sure that you attend the Sports Coach UK Safeguarding and Protecting Children Workshop. These are organised by Active Lincolnshire on a regular basis.

Click here to find a Safeguarding course in Lincolnshire.

Other useful courses to aid your coach development:

Sports Coach UK Positive Behaviour Management – guidance on the ranges of behaviour coaches may have to deal with and strategies for dealing with challenging behaviour.

The Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) Time to Listen – a programme specifically for people who have a designated role in safeguarding within a sports setting (Welfare Officer).

Examples of things to remember:

  • Photography and videoing children must always comply with the clubs/organisations child protection policy. Video can be an excellent coaching tool but parental/ carer permission must be sought
  • Qualifications and Training need to be of an appropriate standard. For example Level 2 coaches should be leading sessions and level 1s must assist a more experienced coach
  • All coaches should have valid and up to date insurance
  • Ensure your coaching is always appropriate for age, ability and numbers in the group and also in terms of contact with players.
  • Coaches should also be aware of all the participants medical needs and ensure the session is taking place in a safe environment with risk assessments undertaken for both the facility and the activity