Safeguarding in Sport

Duration 2 hours

Last audited 3rd July 2024

CPD Approved
Safeguarding in Sport
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This Safeguarding in Sport course will allow all adults, sports clubs and organisation's to ensure a commitment to excellence in safeguarding. It will provide you with the knowledge and tools needed to help keep children safe. Written by our safeguarding and child protection experts, the course covers the key types of abuse to be aware of, how to identify them, and how to report and record your concerns.

Throughout the course former Professional Footballer and CSA & CPA Survivor, Paul Stewart, uses his personal experience of abuse in a sports setting to highlight what can be done to prevent abuse from taking place. Alongside this unique survivor-led approach, the course will help you to recognise the best practices your sports club should follow to keep children safe.

The course has full audio voiceover and downloads include a code of conduct, a social media and photography policy for parents, transport guidance and a one-to-one coaching guide.

Contributions from Gary Lineker OBE, Kevin Sinfield OBE, Brian Moore, Kelly Cates, Ian Poulter, Marilyn Okoro, Karen Leach and June Kelly MBE.

This course is written in line with Keeping Children Safe in Education and includes the proposed changes in the 2024 version of the guidance. The final version of KCSIE 2024 will come into force on 1 September 2024.

100% online training

Access anywhere

Same day digital certificate

Printed certificate posted next working day

Full audio voiceover

Unlimited assessment attempts

Updated to reflect Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) Statutory Guidance

In line with key guidance for all four UK nations

Produced with Paul Stewart, former England international and Safeguarding Trainer for the English Football League

Accredited by CPD

Earn 2 CPD points on completion

What you'll learn

By the end of the training, you will:

  • Recognise what is meant by safeguarding children and young people in sport.
  • Be able to identify the main categories of child abuse and their common indicators.
  • Understand how child abuse affects children, both in the present and in the future.
  • Understand your responsibilities for responding to concerns about child abuse in sport and how to report and record them appropriately.
  • Understand how to commit to excellence in safeguarding in your sports club or organisation, whatever that sport may be.

Training you can trust

Course in action

In Partnership with Paul Stewart

"I absolutely believe that the more adults who complete this course, the more children we save from child abuse in sport and physical activity settings. I encourage parents, coaches, organisers and all those involved to take this up.'

- Paul Stewart

Partners and Supporters

  • Kick it Out
  • Street Soccer Foundation
  • English Football League (EFL)
  • Table Tennis England
  • British Dodgeball
  • Sport England
  • Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU)

Supporting the course

  • Gary Lineker OBE - Former England footballer 
  • Kelly Cates - Sky Sports presenter
  • Karen Leach - Former swimmer, Sport England Advisory Panel 
  • Brian Moore - Former England Rugby Union international
  • Kevin Sinfield OBE - Former England Rugby League International
  • June Kelly MBE - Safeguarding Advocate, founder of Abraham Warriors
  • Marilyn Okoro - Track & Field Olympian 
  • Ian Poulter - Ryder Cup and PGA golfer
  • Course Content
  • Assessment
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Module 1: Introduction to Safeguarding

What is safeguarding and why training is important, who commits abuse, your responsibilities and laws and guidance.

Module 2: Types of Abuse and Their Indicators

Emotional, physical and sexual abuse, neglect and missing children, online abuse and cyberbullying, grooming, child sexual exploitation (CSE), criminal exploitation, trafficking and county lines.

Module 3: Responding to Concerns About Abuse

Recognising concerns, why children don't talk about abuse, allegations from a child, what to say and what not to say, what to do next and why many adults don't take action.

Module 4: How to Report and Record a Concern

How and when to report a concern, who to report to, telling the child's parents, next steps, record-keeping and what to record.

Module 5: Good Practice in Sport

Safeguarding policy, sports code of conduct, safer recruitment and training, media and photography, transportation and handovers and one-on-one sports.

The online assessment is taken on completion of the training material. You will be asked 12 multiple-choice questions with a pass mark of 75%. The answers are marked automatically so you will instantly know whether you have passed. If you don't pass, don't worry! You can take the test as many times as you need with no extra charge.

Adults who work or volunteer at a sports club are in a position of trust and have a duty of care towards the children. This applies whether you work at grassroots or professional level and whether you're a coach, volunteer, safeguarding lead, committee member, parent or different role.

Written by experts

Profile photo of Paul Stewart, Former Professional Footballer and CSA & CPA Survivor

In partnership with

Paul Stewart

Former Professional Footballer and CSA & CPA Survivor

Paul Stewart is a former England, Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham footballer, who worked with High Speed training to produce our Safeguarding in Sport course.

Paul, who scored for Tottenham in the 1991 FA Cup Final, has been open about his own experiences of abuse in sports as a child and was one of the first players to come forward in 2016 with details of historical abuse at the hands of a youth team coach.  

Paul has gone on to become a vocal figure in calling for better Safeguarding practices, and is a Safeguarding Trainer for the English Football League.

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