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Ensuring participants are safe in sport is paramount for the WSA.
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.
As such, we currently offer five Safeguarding services, each of which are vitally important for sport in Wales to be a safe place for both participants and the workforce.
1. DBS Checks (formerly CRB)
In October of 2016 we took the opportunity to create our own DBS Checking Service which could be delivered across the third sector. We now deliver this via our trading arm, Vibrant Nation, with an easy-to-use online bilingual service, 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.
2. Training: 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.
3. Training: 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 offers three renewal options that cover specific 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?
- Safeguarding Deaf and Disabled Children – Update your understanding of safeguarding with a focus on how you can make sport safe for children with a condition or impairment.
4. Training: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
5. Safeguarding Advice, Guidance and Resources
Please see the following links for further information on Safeguarding Policy
For Codes of Conduct templates and guidance on Social Media, Coaches, Players, Parents and Committee Members, please click here.