Coaching policy

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 level.
  • One to one meetings.
  • Advice and support from Sport Structures through email and via telephone.
  • Templates and tools.
  • Assistance in submission for assessment.

If you are interested, contact; support@sportwales.org.uk. Numbers are limited, so places are granted on a first come, first served basis.

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 side)
  • Evaluation monitoring: (Please see downloads on right hand side)

The framework sets out five standard requirements that organisations should have in place in order to operate safely.

  • Policy
  • Procedures
  • Practices
  • 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 courses:

  • 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 & training calendar.

Safe recruitment

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 on.

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 Equality: emma.tobutt@sportwales.org.uk 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.workman@nspcc.org.uk

You can alternatively contact the NSPCC on  0808 800 5000 or Childline on 0800 1111