All coaches and activators need a safeguarding qualification by 31 December 2021.
At the beginning of the year, we emailed all coaches and activators to let them know that all British Triathlon coaches and activators are required to attain a safeguarding qualification by the end of 2021 to allow us to raise safeguarding standards to a consistent level across the sport.
If you do not complete and upload a certificate from the appropriate course before 31 December 2021, you will no longer be sanctioned to coach or lead activities with children and adults until you meet our safeguarding requirements and update your profile. Your British Triathlon Home Nation membership and associated benefits will not otherwise be affected and, if you are on direct debit, it will still be renewed as scheduled.
Once you have completed the course, you will need to upload your certificate to the My Profile section of your member area by 31 December 2021. If you have completed the correct qualification in the last three years, this remains valid and can be uploaded. There is a three-yearly renewal on the qualifications which you will need to retain.
Which qualification do I need?
- I coach solely under 18s:
UK Coaching Safeguarding and Protecting Children course
- I coach solely over 18s:
UK Coaching Safeguarding and Protecting Children course or UK Coaching Safeguarding Adults course
- I coach both under and over 18s:
UK Coaching Safeguarding and Protecting Children course
- Coaches and activators aged 14 to 17 are not permitted to coach or lead unsupervised and therefore are not required to complete the safeguarding training until they are 18 years old
Where can I book onto a course?
You can book onto a triathlon specific edition of the UK Coaching Safeguarding and Protecting Children course on the British Triathlon website or a non-sport specific edition of either course through UK Coaching or an alternative provider offering the UK Coaching courses above. Use the buttons below to book onto a course.
Uploading your certificate
For help in uploading your certificate, please view our guide by clicking on the button below.
Why are British Triathlon and the Home Nations introducing compulsory safeguarding training for Coaches and Activators?
British Triathlon consider the safety and wellbeing of children, young people and adults as central to its values and of paramount importance. We accept our responsibility for providing guidance and support for the triathlon community to ensure that triathlon is enjoyable and safe. Additionally, everyone in triathlon has a responsibility for safeguarding the welfare of children, young people and adults. This why we are requiring all coaches and activators to complete safeguarding training and support British Triathlon and the Home Nations in creating safe and enjoyable environments for everyone wanting to take part in our sport.
When do I have to complete this training by?
All coaches and activators will need to attend a safeguarding training course suitable for the environment they work in by the end of 2021.
What happens if I don't complete the training?
If you have not attended a safeguarding training course suitable for the environment you work in by the end of 2021 it will impact your membership renewal for British Triathlon and you will no longer be allowed to deliver provision for Triathlon.
How often do I need to renew my safeguarding training?
It is essential that all coaches and activators keep on top of their training, you must renew your safeguarding training every three years.
What happens if I don’t renew my safeguarding training?
It is essential that all coaches and activators renew their safeguarding training every three years otherwise it will impact your membership renewal for British Triathlon, Triathlon England, Triathlon Scotland and Welsh Triathlon and you will no longer be allowed to deliver provision for Triathlon.
I am a single discipline (Swim England, British Cycling and/or England Athletics) coach what safeguarding requirements to I have to comply with?
All single discipline coaches delivering a recognised ‘club-organised’ session for a club affiliated to British Triathlon once a month or more must;
- Have an in-date UK Coaching Safeguarding and Protecting Children training and valid DBS (from British Triathlon) if coaching under 18s.
- Have an in-date UK Coaching Safeguarding and Protecting Children or Adults at Risk training if coaching adults (18+) only. A DBS check may also be required when coaching adults if they meet the specific requirements set out here on page 5.
A full list of safeguarding workshops organised by British Triathlon can be found here.
A single discipline coach delivering less than once a month is recommend to complete the UK Coaching Safeguarding and Protecting Children or Adults at Risk training and must be supervised by a member of the club whilst coaching. Supervision is defined as within sight and hearing of someone in Regulated Activity who has a valid British Triathlon enhanced with check against the barred list DBS check.
I only coach adults, do I need to do safeguarding training to continue coaching?
Yes, It is important that all coaches and activators have completed safeguarding training suitable for the environment they work in, and are aware of their responsibility to safeguard everyone in triathlon. Coaches and activators who do not work with under 18s must complete either the UK Coaching Safeguarding Adults course or the UK Coaching Safeguarding and Protecting Children course.
Which safeguarding course do I need to complete?
If you are coaching or leading participants under 18 years of age you must complete the UK Coaching Safeguarding and Protecting Children Course. You can book your place with a British Triathlon Tutor here.
If you are coaching or leading participants over 18 years of age you must complete either the UK Coaching Safeguarding Adults course or the UK Coaching Safeguarding and Protecting Children Course.
I already have my DBS check and Safeguarding Course information up to date how do I update my details?
Please log into your membership profile and update these. Once you’ve logged in you will see two new headings, the first is “Coaching Details” where you will be asked if you coach/lead or intend to coach/lead under 18s. If you answer yes please add your DBS number and date into the boxes provided. The second new heading is “Safeguarding Course” here you can add your course name, date completed and upload a copy of your certificate to your membership record.
Can I use my safeguarding training from another sport I coach?
If the course you have taken is UK Coaching Safeguarding and Protecting Children Course or the UK Coaching Safeguarding Adults course and is suitable for the environment you coach Triathlon in, yes please add the details to your membership profile.
If the course is not either the UK Coaching Safeguarding and Protecting Children Course or the UK Coaching Safeguarding Adults Course then please complete the course relevant for your environment.
The cost of these courses will have a significant effect on club finances in this exceptional year. Is there any help available from BTF?
We are conscious that implementing mandatory safeguarding training and other CPD requirements may impact club and/or coach finances. We are reviewing the impact this will have on clubs/coaches and how we can offer further support. We will also shortly be announcing a club fund to support clubs with their readiness to return to sport in 2021. This fund may provide some assistance with costs of safeguarding training, as well as other CPD and qualifications. We hope to confirm further details in February. The course cost represents the best possible value we can offer.
How do I upload my certificate?
You can upload this through the membership system, log into your membership profile and update your record under “Safeguarding Course” PDF upload. You can access the 'How to Guide' here
Who needs a DBS Check?
British Triathlon work in line with Government legislation which means that we offer two levels of checks.
The first is an enhanced check and is for anyone who is in regulated, direct face-to-face contact with children under 18 years of age. Simply put, you need to complete an enhanced DBS and barring check if you are in direct contact:
• once a week or more
• 4 or more times in a 30-day period, or
• overnight between 2am and 6am
The second is a standard DBS check and this is required for anyone in regular face-to-face contact with children. British Triathlon determine regular contact as being at least once a month.
If you do not meet the above criteria, we are legally not allowed to complete a DBS check for you.
To get a DBS Check for your role you will need to request an application pack from British Triathlon by sending your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am a young activator do I need a DBS check?
Young Activators under the age of 16 are not legal allowed to be asked to apply for a criminal record check. Young Activators aged 16 and over must hold an appropriate Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check with British Triathlon or Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) check with Triathlon Scotland which is suitable for the environment they lead in and has been issued within the last 3 years.
I am a Club Welfare/Wellbeing & Protection Officer, what safeguarding training do I need to complete?
Club Welfare/Wellbeing & Protection Officers must completed the following training requirements and renew each training course every 3 years;
• Complete the UK Coaching Safeguarding and Protecting Children training course (England/Wales) or Child Wellbeing and Protection in Sport training course (Scotland)
• Complete the Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) Time to Listen Training (England and Wales) or the Child Wellbeing and Protection in Sport Officer Training (CWPO) (Scotland)
I am a Club Welfare/Wellbeing & Protection Officer, do I need a DBS check?
Yes, as a Club Welfare/Wellbeing & Protection Officer you must hold an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) with check against the bared list check with British Triathlon or Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) check with Triathlon Scotland which has been issued within the last 3 years.