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Excellent piece of information, I have already done my safe guarding and I'm so glad I did. Before I did the course I wasn't aware of the potential risk that could involve coaches being wrongfully accused of sexual abuse. Working with vulnerable young people with mental health issues on a daily basis having the safe guarding in place has helped me know where my boundaries are, I think by also going on a boundaries course has also helped me with both coaching and with my current job. Maybe more coaches should invest in so form of boundary training.

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Myself and two other Club Coaches were discussing this following a session at the weekend, I am holding my breath awaiting similar revelations to come from our sport, I sincerely hope nothing like this has happened but I do fear the worst! We are a Club Mark Club and have had to action two investigations, one within our Club, sadly and one not, both were acted on by our NGB and thankfully our suspicions seem in one case to have at least identified "Bad practise" and "lack of transparency" In the second instance an individual not connected to the Club was spoken to by Police and some years later has actually gone to prison, I must stress that this individual was not a Coach and not involved with working with children, but it highlights the need to "act" on any suspicions you may have, even when attracting hostility and personal attack from others who think reporting is wrong!

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Ralph Samwell said:

So; “There can be no shortcuts or half measures”, yet attending SCUK child protection course is voluntary.

So; “There can be no shortcuts or half measures”, yet training to be able to recognise and respond comes after the abuse, where’s the training for coaches to teach children skills that enable them to,
a) report the abuse;
b) stand up for what is right;
c) fight against what is wrong;
d) ability to question authority, especially coaches;
e) respect for opponents;
f) respect for themselves; etc
Coaches should be taught how to teach children to recognise and respond to signs of child abuse before it happens, as it’s not about half measures and shortcuts.

As it’s not about half measures and shortcuts, coaches should be obliged before it becomes law to speak to all 3; the club welfare officer, the governing body of sport, AND the NSPCC directly.’ Is it our moral duty or do we have to wait until we are forced to?

Coaches MUST (can) act as sentinel reporters, identifying potential cases of abuse and alerting the authorities. Because, vigilance and acting on your suspicions is just as imperative.

If you are of the opinion that safeguarding in sport and physical activity is over-prioritised, then you are not a coach and should lose your qualification because there are people that won’t revise their point of view.

120 views from coaches on this blog, and only two comments and only two likes?

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David Turner said:

I truly wish that we were in a position to be able to say all coaches must attend Safeguarding training, but it is the Governing Bodies who license coaches and though both sports coach UK and the NSPCC say coaches should undertake SPC training (face to face in the first instance). We can shout all day that we think coaches should all take and renew their training - but until NGBs face a genuine funding risk if they ignore this advice, then we'll not have all coaches undertake the training.

The Safeguarding and Protecting Children workshop that sports coach UK offer is much more focused on good practice (the before bit) than it is the child protection (the after part). That's because we feel that abuse can be prevented by good practice and robust procedures...and of course prevention is better than cure.

There is also now Safeguarding training available to young people themselves (Keeping Safe in Sport) that helps children protect both themselves and others.

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