Safeguarding in Sport

Safeguarding in Sport
£30 +VAT

This Safeguarding in Sport course will provide you with practical tools and knowledge to use in your sports club or organisation, helping you to ensure your commitment to excellence in safeguarding. 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.

The course has been produced in partnership with Paul Stewart, former professional footballer and safeguarding advocate. Paul 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. From a code of conduct and policies on using social media and photography for parents, staff and kids, to transport and one-to-one coaching.

  • Developed in partnership with former professional footballer and safeguarding advocate, Paul Stewart
  • Endorsed by the NSPCC
  • Accredited by CPD
  • Fully online course and assessment with no time limits
  • Full audio voiceover
  • Approximate duration: 1-2 hours
  • On completion, certificate is posted the next working day

Paul Stewart

Paul Stewart is an English former professional footballer who played top division football for Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool. In this course, he uses his personal knowledge of child abuse in sport to tell his story and highlight what can be done to prevent abuse from taking place. Throughout the course, Paul speaks to other people from the sporting world about their experiences, including former England Rugby Union international Brian Moore, former England footballer Gary Lineker, Ryder Cup golfer Ian Poulter, former England Rugby League captain Kevin Sinfield and Safeguarding advocates Karen Leach and June Kelly.

Who should take this course?

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.


CPD Approved

All of our courses are accredited by the CPD Certification Service as conforming to universally accepted Continuing Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.

On successful completion of the course you will be sent a quality assured certificate through the post the next working day. This can be used to provide evidence for compliance and audit. 

This certificate does not have an expiry date. However, based on industry best practice guidelines, the recommended renewal period for this training is 3 years. We will print this recommended renewal date on your certificate.

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If you wish to try this course then register for a demo by clicking the 'interactive demo' button. You will be given the option to purchase and continue with your course at the end of your demo!

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Course content

1Introduction to Safeguarding

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

2Types 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.

3Responding 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.

4How 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.

5Good Practice in Sport

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

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Aims of the course

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 their 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.


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.