Safeguarding & Protecting Children Workshop
British Triathlon are updating our Safeguarding Training standards for Coaches and Activators in England and Wales commencing from January 2021.
In order to safeguard our sport and our people, all coaches and activators MUST now attain and retain a safeguarding qualification suitable for the environment in which they lead and coach in our sport.
British Triathlon considers the safety and wellbeing of children, young people and adults at risk as central to its values. Everyone in triathlon has a responsibility for safeguarding the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk. Everyone who participates in Triathlon is entitled to participate in an enjoyable and safe environment.
This workshop will raise your awareness of the tell-tale signs of abuse and give you the tools and confidence you need to deal with any issues sensitively, appropriately and effectively should the need ever arise in your coaching career.
The workshop will also help coaches recognise poor practice and the red flags of abuse, while also prompting a review of your coaching practice to ensure that you provide a positive and enriching experience for all children. Developed in partnership with the NSPCC and CPSU, includes scenarios giving you the opportunity to learn through discussion, exploring the consequences of those decisions in a safe and supportive environment, helping to increase your confidence.
The guidance and scenarios provided are designed to counteract the latest threats to emerge that could impact on the physical or mental health of children in modern Britain, including:
Vulnerable Children and Adults
Some children might be at greater risk of abuse than others (e.g. disabled children, children in care or talented young people in sport), while some adults are vulnerable and may be at a greater risk of abuse. We have worked with the CPSU to develop some scenarios that take into account additional vulnerabilities these groups may encounter and how we can ensure their voice is always heard in sport.
We have worked with the Police Prevent team to help develop guidance and scenarios that will help coaches understand the warning signs that a young person may be being radicalised. We have also included information on how anyone with concerns can contact the NSPCC anti-radicalisation hotline.
By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:
- Identify and recognise good coaching practice and the implications for your coaching
- Explore your values and feelings in relation to child abuse, and recognise their potential impact on your response
- Recognise and respond to possible signs of child abuse
- Take appropriate action if concerns about a child arise
Coaches and Activators working with under 18s must complete a UK Coaching Safeguarding and Protecting Children course. This course and the UK Coaching’s Safeguarding Adults course require a three-year renewal.
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