It’s recommended that anyone working or volunteering regularly with children has an opportunity to acquire the safeguarding knowledge, skills and competence relevant to their role.
The RYA offers a number of different safeguarding training opportunities, either through face to face workshops and online courses. Ideally anyone working regularly with children should attend some face to face training, but the online option is also available as a basic introduction or if you are unable to get to a workshop.
Your club could book a tutor to deliver the 3-hour SportsCoach UK workshop ‘Safeguarding and Protecting Children’ (SPC) to a group of between 10 and 20 people at your site. This works well as a team-building activity and gives you an opportunity to explore your attitudes and understand your responsibilities as a group as well as individually. There is a subsidised fixed charge of £300 plus VAT towards the cost of the tutor’s fee and travel and a course book for each participant.
If you don’t have 20 people, why not partner with another club or centre in your area to make it more cost-effective? It is also possible to attend an open multi-sport SPC workshop as an individual, use the link to the SportsCoach UK website from our Safeguarding Training web page to look for one in your area.
Alternatively the RYA’s ‘Safe and Fun’ online course is a useful introduction for those who help out with children’s training or racing but do not have specific responsibilities. It’s available through any RYA Recognised Training Centre that offers it. All new RYA Dinghy and Windsurfing Instructors and Level 2 Racing Coaches are required to complete ‘Safe and Fun’ prior to attending their instructor or coach course, where they will have an opportunity to discuss the scenarios and issues in more depth.
Club Welfare Officers
There are also two options available for your Club Welfare Officer, or anyone with responsibility for implementing safeguarding in your organisation. The online option is the RYA’s Welfare Officer Course, which costs £18 including VAT and takes the Welfare Officer through a number of possible sailing-related scenarios to help them become more confident in handling any concerns or incidents.
The face to face course for Club Welfare Officers is a Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) generic workshop called ‘Time to Listen’ which is delivered on a multi-sport basis through County Sports Partnerships. Forthcoming workshops are listed on the CPSU website. Evidence of attendance at a Safeguarding and Protecting Children workshop is normally a pre-requisite for this course.
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