There are a number of key policies which must be taken into
consideration when getting involved in coaching.
The Equality Standard for Sport
The Equality Standard for Sport is a framework for assisting
sports organisations to widen access and reduce inequalities in
sport and physical activity from under representative individuals,
groups and communities - especially women and girls, ethnic
minority groups and disabled people.
It is based around two broad themes: developing your
organisation and developing your services. The standard sets out a
continuum of requirements across four levels of attainment.
Please visit the Equality Standard Website: www.equalitystandard.org
From July 2010 'Foundation level' was integrated into Sport
England's Self Assurance process. This may be a requirement for
some NGBs in Wales.
Sport Wales Support
We provide NGBs in Wales with the following support:
- An initial Equality Standard awareness workshop.
- Quarterly meetings with other NGBs working towards the same
- One to one meetings.
- Advice and support from Sport Structures through email and via
- Templates and tools.
- Assistance in submission for assessment.
If you are interested, contact; email@example.com.
Numbers are limited, so places are granted on a first come, first
Safeguarding and Protecting Children in Sport
Although the majority of children benefit from participation in
sport, some young people have experienced abuse and/or poor
practice linked to their participation. In addition, some children
who are participating in sport may be experiencing abuse unrelated
to the sport, either at home or within the wider community.
Coaches, volunteers and officials are in the privileged position
of having an opportunity to build strong relationships with young
people in their care and are therefore ideally placed to recognise
signs that a child may be being abused.
This can be achieved by being alert to and aware of the risks
which individual abusers, or potential abusers, may pose to
children and being aware of and responding to any indicators that a
child may be experiencing abuse.
NGB's should recognise the importance of ensuring there are
procedures in place that outline the appropriate steps to take in
the event of a concern. In addition, it is essential to ensure
there are comprehensive policies and practical guidance that
promotes the welfare of children and minimises any identifiable
risks within the sports environment.
The Child Protection in Sport Unit, in partnership with Sport
Wales launched 'The Framework' in 2009. 'The Framework' provides
NBG's in Wales with an overarching approach to safeguarding
children in and through sport, and incorporates:
- Standards Support: (Please see downloads on right hand
- Evaluation monitoring: (Please see downloads on right hand
The framework sets out five standard requirements that
organisations should have in place in order to operate safely.
- Education and Training
- Implementing and Monitoring
Organisations should have a current implementation plan which
should clearly demonstrate aims and objectives, action,
responsibility, timescale and progress.
NGB Child Protection Lead Officer education and training
Lead Officers are expected to attend the following training
- scUK Safeguarding and Protecting children in sport
- NSPCC Time to Listen
- NSPCC Risk Assessment
In addition lead officer meetings are arranged by Sport Wales
and CPSU at regular intervals. Please refer to the meetings &
It is important to reflect the organisation's processes relating
to safe recruitment and deployment of paid staff and volunteers.
This should include accessing and undertaking risk assessments on
CRB disclosures, responsibility for recruitment decisions, and so
At present the government is undertaking a major review of the
scope and operation of the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA)
Vetting and Barring Scheme (VBS) which is designed to prevent
unsuitable people (paid or volunteers) working with children or
vulnerable adults. NGBs will be provided with information about the
scheme following the government's review.
CPSU update on ISA and VBS.
Want to know more about either of these policies?
Sport Wales: Emma Tobutt: Senior Officer for Safeguarding and
or Mari-wyn Elias-jones: NGBs Senior Officer: mari-wyn.elias-Jones@sportwales.org.uk
Or alternatively contact Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU):
Karen Workman at the Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) for
support in relation to cases: Karen.firstname.lastname@example.org
You can alternatively contact the NSPCC on 0808 800
5000 or Childline on 0800 1111