A new course dedicated to safeguarding adults has launched online.
UK Coaching has developed the course in partnership with the Ann Craft Trust, a national charity that works to minimise the risk of abuse of disabled young people and adults at risk.
The course will give people who want access to safeguarding learning the knowledge to safeguard adults in sport and physical activity sessions.
Consisting of five modules, the course aims to help learners to support the welfare of adults, recognise signs of abuse, gain insight into how to manage and deal with safeguarding concerns, recognise poor practice, think about creating safe environments for people at their sessions, and learn the six principles of safeguarding adults.
UK Coaching development lead officer for children Dave Turner, said: “We’re delighted to launch this online course 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 young people, 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, which is the first to be endorsed by CIMSPA against their new professional standards, an exciting way to expand their safeguarding knowledge and skills.”
The course is part of UK Coaching’s ‘Duty to Care’ offer to coaches, which includes a suite of safeguarding products such as the NSPCC endorsed Safeguarding & Protecting Children face-to-face workshop.
It will also be the first endorsed by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity against their Safeguarding Adults and Adults at Risk Technical Specialism. Completing the course will give learners three Developmental CIMSPA CPD points.
Ann Craft Trust’s CEO Dr Deborah Kitson, said: “We are pleased to contribute to this online training with UK Coaching and applaud the fact that the sport and activity sector is raising its 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 activity.”