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Safeguarding Courses for Coaches Announced

British Orienteering is pleased to announce the details for how all active licensed coaches in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are able to access the relevant Safeguarding Courses. Following initial communication last year, for active orienteering coaches to be fully licensed, coaches are now required to have completed a safeguarding workshop.

There are different regulations for coaches in Scotland. Details are listed further below or found here via the Scottish Orienteering website.

England, Wales and Northern Ireland

For active coaches to remained licensed from 1 June 2021, depending on who they coach, they will need to complete the following requirements;

  • Young people - It is a requirement to have tutor-led training to be a licensed coach.
  • Adults - It is required to complete an appropriate on-line safeguarding module.
  • Adults at risk – It is strongly advised that they attend an on-line self-led adult safeguarding training.

The training should be updated every three years. After three years, following an initial tutor led course, the refresher can be an online module.

Tutor led training – for coaches training young people

Due to the current restrictions and the difficulties in accessing tutor-led workshops, British Orienteering has secured a number of Orienteer only, online Safeguarding & Protecting Children tutor led workshops.

The workshops, delivered by UK Coaching, usually cost £30 per person, however British Orienteering will be covering the cost for those attending this course before the end of March 2021. Each course is restricted to 12 people, requires a minimum of four to go ahead and lasts 2 ½ hours.

Who can register? – A licensed coach (including those whose first aid qualification that has lapsed since March 2020) or currently doing a coach qualification.

To register please follow the link below, selecting you preferred and second choice dates for the workshop. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis and places confirmed via email from Peter Brooke.

Please note due to popular demand all courses are full, we'll be adding additional dates very shortly. Please register your interest via the link below to hear first about the new dates as soon as they are confirmed.

Safeguarding and Protecting Children Course Registration

The course dates are: (18:30 to 21:00) (Spaces available)

  • Tuesday 16th March (4 spaces left)
  • Tuesday 23rd March

Should coaches wish, they are able to sign onto a general, tutor led, UK Coaching Safeguarding & Protecting Children workshop or Sport NI course and claim the fee back from British Orienteering on submission of the certificate and receipt. British Orienteering will only cover those courses delivered before the end of March 2021.

Online Safeguarding Module

Should coaches only work with adults, you will need to complete an appropriate on-line safeguarding module. There are a number of courses available including the Safeguarding Adults course delivered by UK Coaching costing £16.99 per person or other self-led online workshops delivered by the NSPCC which can be claimed back via British Orienteering on submission of the certificate and receipt. Those with access to the Educare platform, will also be able to take the course on this system.

British Orienteering will only cover those courses delivered before the end of March 2021.


Safeguarding – Child Wellbeing and Protection in Sports (CWPS)

This course has 2 steps both of which must be completed for an SOA coach to be qualified in their Safeguarding training.

These are:

  • Complete the SportScotland elearning module on Child Wellbeing and Protection in Sport.   This takes about 45 minutes.  Access to the Module 1 course materials can be gained by clicking on this link:  
  • Attend and complete the tutor led 3 hour training: this is normally face to face training but it is currently being delivered online.
  • Attendance at one of the three hour tutor led sessions normally involves payment of a course fee but 4 sessions are being run in February and March 2021 are free.  The number of attendees is limited to 20 people at each session, so the early birds will get their session of choice.

Register Here – once completed, a link will be emailed to you to access the training

Dates and times for these courses are:

  • Monday 22 February 6-9pm
  • Tuesday 9 March 6-9pm
  • Thursday 18 March 6-9pm