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Safeguarding and Protecting Children

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What is the appropriate action that you should take if you have concerns about a child or the behaviour of an adult?

It is really important if you do have a concern about a child or the behaviour of an adult that you:

  • reassure the child (if appropriate, you do not want to make a situation worse so it may not always be appropriate) and listen to the child. But do not make any promises you cannot keep (eg telling the child you will not tell anyone)
  • appropriately challenge the behaviour of the adult, link their poor practice to a breach of the club or sport's code of practice for coaches
  • pass your concerns to the club welfare officer (CWO) or the designated child protection officer (DCPO) in your organisation. Do you know who this person is?
  • if you believe the child is at serious risk of harm or immediate danger, then call the police or children’s social care immediately but also inform your CWO or DCPO (to keep them in the loop)
  • make a note of your concerns as you will need to pass these to your CWO or DCPO (eg What is your concern? When did it happen? Where did it happen? Who did it involve?).


  • you are not an expert in child protection
  • it is not your responsibility to investigate
  • your responsibility is to pass on your concerns.

By ensuring the children in your coaching sessions are safeguarded and protected will not only develop their ability and enjoyment for the sport, but will provide you with a fantastic opportunity to pass on your skills and love of your sport.

Next Steps

There is nothing more important than the safety and protection of children. That’s why there are certain workshops some governing bodies of sport regard as minimum standards for active coaches. You must attend them for you to be able to carry out your role safely and effectively. 

sports coach UK has three Safeguarding and Protecting Children workshops:

You can also refresh and update your understanding of safeguarding at your convenience with an online alternative to SPC2 now available - Renewal: Safeguarding and Protecting Children in Sport*.

Download this helpful diagram to see what your options are.

* Check with your governing body of sport for further information, and to ascertain whether or not it recognises completing the eLearning as an appropriate way to renew your safeguarding training.

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