Safeguarding training is available in a range of formats and providers. British Canoeing requires all coaches to attend child protection training to meet the Coach Update requirements.
The SCA and British Canoeing are committed to making sure young people enjoy paddlesport in a safe environment, protected from poor practice or abuse.
The minimum training requirement is:
- Coaches working regularly or alone with children are required to attend a minimum 3-hour face-to-face training course. For Example ScUK Safeguarding & Protecting Children Course or the SCA Child Protection Course.
- All other coaches should attend the above or complete recognised web-based training. (e.g. British Canoeing Online Training)
Coaches are asked to send evidence of the training to the SCA by email or post in order that their records can be updated. To check your record, visit SCA Self Service.
The BCU appreciate that individuals may have undertaken safeguarding courses through other employed or volunteer. Details of the minimum requirement for the safeguarding workshop can be found below.
This online training course provides an easy way to access the basic training requirement for volunteers, coaches and staff involved in Paddlesport but who are not working regularly or alone with children. Avoiding the time and cost required to travel to and attend courses. The course covers basic awareness training, explains best practice, and what to do if you have a concern regarding child protection. There are five sections – with questions at the end of each section. If you do not pass all the questions you will be directed back to the knowledge section to re enforce the key learning points. The course takes approximately 45 minutes to complete but you can log out and back in again at any time. On successful completion of the course there is a certificate for you to download and keep. This BCU initiated course has been produced by Child Protection experts. This has enabled the British Canoeing to keep the cost of the course to a minimum – to benefit our members. SCA members can access this training for the reduced fee course of £7.99. For non members the cost is £16.99.To access this course,click on the link below.
Safeguarding and Protection Children, sportscoach UK workshop
This 3 hour workshop is suitable for coaches and volunteers who may come into contact with children. The workshop explores the code of conduct for those in contact with children and provides basic information on recognising child abuse and responding to concerns.
Other basic safeguarding awareness workshops available in Scotland
Throughout Scotland, local Safeguarding Committees organise and offer free training to the voluntary sector working with local children and young people.
Other courses may be recognised as alternatives to the Paddlesafe Online or Safeguarding & Protecting Children Courses. Please refer to the Equivalent Training Guidance document SPC-G14.
Safeguarding & Protecting Children 2, sportscoach UK workshop
This 3-hour workshop reflects on practice, is aimed primarily at coaches and builds on knowledge gained on ‘Safeguarding & Protecting Children’ (SPC). Instead of repeating SPC every three years, it is recommended to attend this workshop 2-3 years after attending SPC. Outcomes for delegates include increasing awareness, helping recognise the signs of abuse and poor practice and helping to deal sensitively and effectively with issues that arise.
In Safe Hands – Club Child Protection Officer, CHILDREN 1ST workshop
This 3-hour workshop supports clubs to put child protection policies into practice. It is most suitable for those acting as the club child protection officer but is also relevant for those responsible for managing or organising the club. Participants attending this workshop should have first attended a basic awareness course in child protection such as the sportscoach UK ‘Safeguarding & Protecting Children’ workshop or equivalent.