Introduction to Safeguarding Children in Football


The aim of the Introduction to Safeguarding Children in Football course is to enable workers, who are engaged in working and supporting children and young people in football, to develop skills and knowledge in order to identify a child at risk of abuse, and implement safeguarding strategies.

  • Define the various types of child abuse and recognise the signs in order to safeguard victims.
  • Identify why there has been a development of safeguarding in sport and what are the current standards enabling you to put safeguarding into practice.
  • How can we safeguard our additionally vulnerable athletes, such as those with a disability?
  • Define radicalisation, peer on peer abuse and sexually harmful behaviour in order to identify risk factors and vulnerabilities so workers can implement safeguarding strategies.

The Introduction to Safeguarding Children in Football course is CPD Accredited

Course Overview

An introduction to child protection training is suitable for those coming directly into contact with children in a sporting setting of any standard. This course is the equivalent of a level 1 child safeguarding qualification.

Safeguarding children in sport is no different from safeguarding them in any other setting. However a sporting environment has its own nuances and we will explore this in more detail.

Did you know that neglect is sadly a factor in 60 percent of all child deaths, that are investigated by a serious case review, but only 1 in 3 people, who are concerned a child is being neglected, go on to report it? We will explore what neglect looks like and how we can raise our concerns that a child is being neglected.

The Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) estimated that one in five adults aged 18 to 74 years experienced at least one form of child abuse, whether emotional abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, or witnessing domestic violence or abuse, before the age of 16 years. The equates to 8.5 million people.

We will review some case studies and look at the independent football commissions report into abuse in football.

The legislation concerning abuse in a position of trust will change in the near future in relation to sports coaches, but what legislation is there currently? What can we do if we believe someone has abused their position of trust, this is something we will explore further.

This course has been created and delivered by Milly Wildish, a child protection specialist who has worked in criminal and education settings. Milly is a national safeguarding panel member for sport resolutions, investigating hundreds of cases of abuse in sport. Milly is currently engaged in a large-scale independent investigation, into current and historical allegations of child abuse.

Your understanding of the course is tested though multiple-choice questions and you will receive a Continuous Professional Development (CPD) accredited certificate, on the successful completion of the course.

The Introduction to Safeguarding Children in Football course is CPD Accredited

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