UK Coaching launches Safeguarding Adults e-learning course with CIMSPA backing

Safeguarding adult and managing risk

UK Coaching’s online course will give participants the knowledge and confidence to safeguard adults at their sessions, including those identified as ‘at risk’.

CIMSPA’s endorsement means those studying the course will be able to go through it knowing the online course is measured against sector-led professional standards and is supported by the sector’s only chartered professional body. We’re determined to ensure the availability of quality and relevant learning and development opportunities throughout the sport and physical activity sector.

The course launches to coincide with Safeguarding Adults Week. This week is designed to raise awareness of how important it is to look after any adults in your care.

The course will help participants to:

  • Support the welfare of all adults at your sessions.
  • Recognise abuse and potential signs of abuse.
  • Gain insight into how to manage and deal with safeguarding concerns by following the four 'Rs’ of safeguarding.
  • Recognise poor practice.
  • Think about creating positive, safe environments for the people at your sessions.
  • Learn the six principles of safeguarding adults.

It has been developed in collaboration with Ann Craft Trust, the leading UK authority on safeguarding disabled young people and adults at risk.

UK Coaching’s Development Lead Officer for Children, Dave Turner, said:

“We’re delighted to launch this online course, which is the first to be endorsed by CIMSPA against the ‘Safeguarding Adults and Adults at Risk Technical Specialism’ professional standard, to help coaches and others better safeguard adults.”

“Legislation in the Care Act 2014 introduced additional types of abuse and reporting guidance that coaches need to be aware of and which may differ to safeguarding children, as adults often face different challenges. Organisations and individuals must work to prevent abuse from occurring, and be prepared to respond proportionately if abuse or neglect does occur.

“We hope that everyone finds this interactive course an exciting way to expand their safeguarding knowledge and skills.”

Dr Deborah Kitson, CEO of the Ann Craft Trust, added:

“We were pleased to contribute to this online Safeguarding Adults training with UK Coaching and applaud the fact the sport and activity sector are raising their awareness in this area.

“We hope that this course will equip coaches with the knowledge and information that they require to ensure that they support and safeguard the adults who they are working with and understand how to raise a concern if necessary. We hope that by feeling safe more people will feel confident to participate in sport and physical activity.”

Colin Huffen, Head of Regulation and Standards at CIMSPA, commented:

“CIMSPA’s dedication to providing employers with the best people starts with ensuring there is high-quality training available in important topics like safeguarding adults. Everybody deserves to be respected and understood, and UK Coaching’s e-learning course will raise awareness of how to support the welfare of adults. “We’re really pleased UK Coaching submitted this programme through their awarding partner 1st4sport, aligning it to the Professional Standard we developed with the Anne Craft Trust.”

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