Thousands of UK sports coaches trained to recognise signs of child abuse

Our Child Protection in Sport Unit and sports coach UK have helped thousands of coaches across the UK receive child protection training

Boy playing footballOver 410,000 sporting professionals now understand how to recognise and respond to child abuse after attending the specialist safeguarding workshops – which are celebrating 20 years of success this year.

Two million sports sector workers come into contact with over 10 million children every week in the UK – and the renowned workshops are now recognised globally as an example of good practice.

The scheme has grown in popularity over the years, to the point where an average of 30,000 coaches from a wide range of sports now attend workshops every year. The project is also helping us raise valuable funds with royalties paid on the workshops raising over £1 million.

sports coach UK CEO Dr Tony Byrne said

"These workshops have become the cornerstone of our work for coaches across the UK.

"At sports coach UK, we are passionate about ensuring that all children can access safe and enjoyable coaching, and see this as perhaps the best way to ensure children remain healthy and active in sport.

"We're delighted to support the important wider work of the NSPCC in this practical way."

NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit's Anne Tiivas said

“It is essential that people working in sport and safeguarding work together to create safe environments for children.

"The NSPCC and sports coach UK’s 20 year relationship means that thousands of coaches now better understand how to identify and respond to children in difficulty.

"It has also helped to create a safeguarding system for coaches which is the envy of most other sporting nations. We are really pleased to celebrate this milestone and look forward to continuing our partnership to help to safeguard even more children.”

Expert tutors who deliver the workshops across the UK have played a huge role in driving the way children are coached and the emergence of more young people volunteering in sport has prompted the development of even more workshops – including one solely at under 18s called ‘Keeping safe in sport”.

As new threats to children’s safety and wellbeing emerge, additional eLearning modules on Safe Digital Communication and Parental Behaviour have been developed – these will soon to be followed additional topics including eating disorders, body image and preventing radicalisation through sport.