Child protection in sport and physical activity training

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3 hours

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Introductory elearning for safeguarding children and young people in sport or physical activity

Do you come into contact with children and young people through sport or physical activity?

Whether you’re a sports coach, an official, a paid member of sports staff or a volunteer, it’s important you understand your role and responsibilities in protecting the children you work with.

As the UK’s experts on safeguarding, the NSPCC’s introductory Child protection in sport and physical activity elearning course (previously known as Child protection in sport training) will help you to gain an understanding of your role in protecting children from abuse or harm and what to do when concerns arise.

What will I learn?

By the end of the course you’ll be able to:

  • identify what is meant by child abuse and safeguarding
  • recognise, respond, report and record concerns about the safety and welfare of a child or young person
  • describe the types, signs and indicators of abuse and neglect
  • apply good safeguarding and child protection practice to your sport or physical activity setting
  • describe how sport and physical activity settings can put safeguards in place.

Benefits of the course

  • CPD-certified.
  • Up-to-date and in line with the key legislation and guidance in all four UK nations.
  • Complete at your own pace and in your own time.
  • Train anytime, anywhere and take the course as many times as you like within one year.
  • Income generated from the sale of our training courses is reinvested back into the NSPCC to help protect children.
  • Personalised downloadable certificate of achievement.
  • Purchasing licences on behalf of your team? Easily download reports to show who has completed the course.
  • Includes film scenarios, reflective tasks, interactive quizzes and expert advice to help you develop your understanding and confidence.
  • Once you’ve taken the course, it doesn’t stop there. We have a range of further information, training and downloadable resources to help you protect the children you work with.
of our customers would recommend NSPCC training
* We received 29,902 evaluation forms from people who had taken our elearning and face-to-face/virtual live training courses between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2020. 29,503 (99%) said they would recommend the course they had taken.

Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone who comes into contact with children and young people through sport and physical activity, for example through clubs, organisations providing sports activities or as individuals.

It’s also a helpful introduction to safeguarding and child protection for those individuals who are required by their club, sport governing body or organisation to take a course in safeguarding and child protection.

You may also need to take a tutor-led course depending on your role. For more information see the CPSU website

This course has replaced our previous Child protection in sport training.


Why take your training with the NSPCC?

At the NSPCC, we work to keep children and young people safe from abuse and neglect every day.

As the UK's experts on safeguarding and child protection, we understand the issues organisations and people working with children can face. That’s why professionals trust us to provide the support, training and resources they need to help protect the children and young people they work with.

Our highly-rated training courses are developed by experts. We work with a number of organisations, experienced consultants and subject matter experts in a range of sectors to develop courses that are clear, easy-to-use, up-to-date and in line with the latest statutory guidance, and tailored to your needs.

And as a charity, income generated from the sale of our training courses is reinvested back into the NSPCC to help protect children.

Technical requirements

Our online courses will work in most browsers, though we recommend that you use Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge or Safari (not Firefox). You will need to make sure your browser is up to date for the course to run.

This course can be taken on PCs and Macs, as well as iPads or other tablet devices. Please note, we are unable to provide full technical support for tablet users. We do not support other mobile devices.

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“Thanks for a great course. I have done a lot of elearning courses and this is the best one. Great balance between activities, reflection and content and between reading and video.”