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Safeguarding

The WSA currently offer 4 Safeguarding Services. All of which are vitally important for Sport in Wales to be a safe place for Players and Workforce.

 

Safeguarding and Protecting Children (3 Hour Workshop)

Every child deserves to enjoy their sport. This workshop will raise your awareness of the telltale signs of abuse, and give you the tools and confidence you need to deal with any issues sensitively, appropriately and effectively should the need ever arise in your sporting career.

This workshop is a ‘Minimum Standards for Active Coaches’ requirement for many governing bodies of sport*. The ‘Minimum Standards for Active Coaches’ are seen as the basic standards every coach needs to meet to carry out their role safely and effectively. It can also be attended by all those responsible for organising children’s sport (eg within governing bodies of sport, local authorities, sports and leisure centres, and sports clubs) and those who lead or deliver children’s sport programmes (eg coaches, leaders, instructors, development officials, administrators, volunteers and parents), an estimated 76% of whom undertake these roles on a voluntary basis.

For upcoming courses please see the events page

To request a course please contact vicki.sutton@wsa.wales

 

Safeguarding and Protecting Children (Online Renewal)

Developed in partnership with the NSPCC’s Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU), the ‘Renewal: Safeguarding and Protecting Children in Sport’ eLearning course is a convenient way for you to refresh, consolidate and update your understanding of safeguarding at a time to suit you. An alternative to renewing at a face-to-face workshop, you can complete this fantastic course from the comfort of your own home – on a tablet or PC – so you can dip in and out to suit your lifestyle, while still keeping track of your progress.

What’s more, the course includes two modules that cover two new topics:

  • Positive Sports Parent – Ever witnessed a parent of one of your players heckle or make comments that are not helpful? Includes guidance for parents and coaches.
  • Safe Communication with Digital Kids – Imagine you discover one of your team has left threatening messages on a young person’s social networking page after a poor performance. Would you know what to do?

To purchase access to the course please visit our shop here

For Bulk purchases please contact vicki.sutton@wsa.wales

 

Time to Listen (For Club Welfare Officers)

The CPSU has developed Time to Listen (TTL), a training programme specifically for people who have a designated role in safeguarding within a sports setting in England and Wales.

TTL is a training course designed to equip designated persons at various levels within sporting organisations to fulfil their safeguarding responsibilities to children

For upcoming courses please see the events page

To request a course please contact vicki.sutton@wsa.wales

 

DBS Checks

We all have a duty to ensure that, in encouraging children and vulnerable adults to participate in sport, we do our utmost to ensure that they are safe. At the WSA, we believe that this duty of care should take absolute precedence above any other priorities in the development of sport and active recreation.

In October of 2016 we took the opportunity to create our own DBS Checking Service which could be delivered across the third sector, gathering intelligence from our members in respect of what they wanted the service to look like and what they were prepared to pay.

The WSA solution provides excellent standards of service using modern, easy-to-use technology, helping to keep costs low and support levels high via phone and email helplines. Regular reviews with the support of members ensure the system remains fit for purpose, and we will continue to work very closely with the NSPCC’s Child Protection in Sport Unit to ensure that safeguarding remains at the forefront of policy development.

For further advice and guidance on safeguarding the following links:

NSPCC Child Protection in Sport

Sport Wales Coaching Policy

UK Government Safeguarding Policy

Duty of Care in Sport – Independent Report to UK Government (Tanni Grey Thompson report)