Safeguarding is an important part of sport for organisations and especially coaches. All coaches should be aware of the welfare policies at their club and who their club welfare officer is.
Nottinghamshire is looking to implement national minimum standards for deployment (MSD) which have 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. See MSD."
Coaches should work with their clubs/NGBS to keep up to date not only with training but also including practice, safety and insurance see MSD Guidance Document for more details) In addition to those set out Nottinghamshire Coaching Development Group recommends that coaches undertake approved First Aid training.
Attendance at a safeguarding course is a part of those standards. Some National Governing Bodies 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 in Nottinghamshire on a regular basis. (See Learning and Development section.)
Another useful workshops as part of your training in this area is Sports Coach UK Positive Behaviour Management which provides guidance on the ranges of behaviour coaches may have to deal with and strategies for dealing with challenging behaviour.
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
- Make sure you are aware of guidelines on the use of E Technology (click on the E Technology guidelines opposite for full guidance) including use of social networking sites and mobile phones
- Ensure your coaching is always appropriate for age, ability and numbers in the group and also in terms of contact with players. Click on the safeguarding policy document (Guidelines on Physical Contact for more information.)
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
There is plenty of support for coaches including training but also other resources to ensure that they are able to ensure the welfare of their participants.
Download the coaches safeguarding leaflet to help you make sport safe and visit the Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) on the NSPCC website.