Archery is an inclusive sport, with safeguarding embedded into the structure and day to day running of affiliated clubs and organisations. We’re committed to doing everything we can to keep children, young people and adults at risk safe in archery. With the right training, we can become aware of changes to legislation, recommended practice, what signs to look for and how to respond in different scenarios.
Whilst as a sport we have made tremendous strides forward in recent years to meet the standards for safeguarding in sport, there is still more to do. This area is constantly moving and it’s vital that coaches, volunteers and staff are equipped with the right tools to confidently support children, young people and adults at risk. With the right training, everyone can become aware of changes to legislation, recommended practice, what signs to look for and how to respond in different scenarios.
Clubs can play their part in creating a safe sport for all by ensuring that all their coaches are licensed. As part of this, clubs will help their volunteer coaches to meet the costs of attending safeguarding training.
It’s mandatory for Archery GB licensed coaches to complete tutor-led safeguarding training as part of their licence, and this should be renewed every 3 years to ensure safeguarding skills and knowledge are up to date.
This gives confidence to children, young people, adults at risk, and parents and carers that their coaches can deal with any issues sensitively, appropriately and effectively.
Evidence of this training should be provided at renewal stage with a copy of the training certificate which can be uploaded onto Sport:80 in the qualifications section. Unlicensed coaches, for example experienced archers working in a coaching capacity (paid or voluntary), must also complete tutor-led safeguarding training.
If a coach has completed a safeguarding course through another organisation, we need to check it meets Archery GB’s criteria. Please email email@example.com with the content of the course and a copy of your training certificate.
We work closely with UK Coaching and the NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) to align Archery GB coaches with industry standards.
From 1 October 2022, first-time coaches must undertake a tutor-led interactive course which usually lasts 3 hours and can be done either face-to-face or online.
When the licence renewal is due, coaches can provide evidence (e.g. a copy of an attendance certificate) of completing safeguarding training within the last 3 years by uploading the certificate (scan or photo) to their profiles.
We’ve created a downloadable resource to keep on hand and share with other club members. You can find it in the Resource section of this page.
Young people aged 13 to 17 years old who volunteer for Archery GB can access a safeguarding workshop which has been specifically designed for young coaches, officials, volunteers and sports leaders and ambassadors: Keeping Safe in Sport: Safeguarding for Young Volunteers (13+).
Welfare Officers require two types of training. Firstly, a tutor led basic awareness course which can be done face-to-face or online, followed by specialist training. Training should be renewed every three years.
Courses in Scotland are available from Sport Scotland and entitled Child Well-Being and Protection in Sport Courses and in Northern Ireland Designated Safeguarding Children Officer (DSCO) training is organised through Sport Northern Ireland.
Following the Safeguarding and Protecting Children workshop, specialist training for safeguarding roles in a sports setting should be completed and these are entitled Time to Listen (TTL). Courses can be accessed via Sport Structures or through your Active Partnership (England only).
The Chair has overall responsibility for the club and should work with the Welfare Officer to ensure children and adults at risk are protected. To gain an understanding of safeguarding, club Chairs and Committee members can complete introductory training.
Further training may be required, but this will depend on the role. If the role involves regular responsibility for children and young people (whether this is supervised or not) then basic safeguard training entitled Safeguarding and Protecting Children Workshop should be completed after the introductory course.
Any role with responsibility for recruitment (whether the role is in a paid or voluntary capacity) and any role which requires regular responsibility for children (whether supervised or not) will require specialist training. The type of specialist training required depends on the role.
Some examples are:
Everyone who has previously received safeguarding training can benefit from additional training. CPD may consist of webinars, podcasts, face-to-face learning or online courses. These additional training sessions can enhance learning and may be required for roles requiring specialised knowledge and skills.
These are some examples of safeguarding CPD: