New online safeguarding training for coaches announced
Posted: Mon, 30 Mar 2020 14:29
Physical activity providers can continue their professional development in online safeguarding workshops run by UK Coaching.
The organisation has set up a virtual classroom to replace its face-to-face Safeguarding and Protecting Children workshops which have been suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The two-hour sessions will be facilitated by a team of UK Coaching-accredited tutors experienced in delivering safeguarding workshops, will help coaches recognise poor practice and the red flags of abuse, while also prompting a review of their coaching practice to ensure a positive and enriching experience for all children.
Mark Gannon, CEO, UK Coaching, said: "UK Coaching is determined to maintain continuity of learning during this incredibly difficult period. We believe our virtual classroom will ensure that the learning and development of coaches will not be interrupted, so that, when life returns to normal, our workforce will be fully equipped to maintain a safe and fun environment for all our children and young people.
"In this isolating time, coaches can at least take advantage of some down time to focus on their own development, and we are only too pleased to help."
Jude Toasland, Senior Consultant, Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) added: "CPSU are clear that the optimal way to deliver safeguarding training is face to face in order to maximise learning, reflection and opportunities to interact with others. However, we are realistic that some are considering alternative delivery methods at this time. We are therefore pleased that UK Coaching are addressing the practicalities of providing training in these exceptional times through their virtual classroom arrangements."
For more information about the support available to coaches and clubs during the coronavirus outbreak, see our Coronavirus Support page.