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Safeguarding & Protecting Children training

There are a number of different ways to access safeguarding training:

  • If you would like to hold a UK Coaching (formerly SportsCoach UK) Safeguarding and Protecting Children (SPC) workshop at a club or centre in England (see below for more information about the workshop), this can be arranged at a subsidised fixed price of £300 plus VAT.  The price includes a three-hour workshop for between 10 and 20 people, the tutor’s fee and travel expenses and a workbook for every participant.  Please contact Jackie Reid, RYA Safeguarding and Equality Manager, on 023 8060 4104 or e-mail Jackie Reid to discuss this option.
  • Clubs and centres in Scotland should in the first instance contact Liza Linton, RYA Scotland Development Manager, on 0131 317 7388.
  • Book a place at an open multi-sport SPC workshop in your area - click on the link to the UK Coaching or sportscotland website under Related Pages for more information.
  • Safe + Fun, the RYA's online safeguarding course, is available via RYA training centres. For more information click on the link under Related Links.  This course is a pre-requisite for all new Instructor or Senior Instructor candidates, to be followed up with further training during their instructor training course. The online course provides a basic level of knowledge and awareness of safeguarding and is suitable as an introduction for anyone volunteering or working with children and young people.  Those with specific responsibilities, such as Club Welfare Officers, Centre Managers, Youth Coordinators etc, are also advised to attend a training course where they can discuss scenarios, ask questions and exchange ideas with other participants.
  • A further RYA online module for Club and Centre Welfare Officers is available.  For more information click on the link under Related Pages.

The UK Coaching 3 hour Safeguarding and Protecting Children workshop is suitable for volunteers and instructors/coaches who work with children. By the end of the workshop, you should be able to:

  • Protect yourself, the young people you are working with and your club/centre by understanding and following good practice and promoting a positive relationship with children
  • Explore your values and feelings in relation to child abuse, and recognise their potential impact on your response
  • Understand what is meant by neglect, physical, sexual or emotional abuse
  • Recognise the signs and symptoms that might indicate that a young person is being bullied, mistreated or abused, whether it's happening at the club/centre, at home or elsewhere
  • Feel more confident that you would know what to do or who to contact if you were concerned about a young person’s welfare or about the conduct of another adult.

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