Safeguarding Training

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Safeguarding training is vital for baseball and softball club volunteers, so that an environment is created where youth players can enjoy their sporting experience safely. BaseballSoftballUK has a  range of safeguarding courses and learning opportunities, from introductory  to enhanced  training.  These enable staff and volunteers in various roles within baseball and softball to increase their knowledge and skills so they can safeguard children effectively.

Considerations when  selecting training opportunities:

  • For coaches (or those working to become a licensed coach) the Basic safeguarding training is appropriate.  This would involve taking an interactive training course (face-to-face training led by a facilitator or a blend of face-to-face and online training)
  • For all roles with regular responsibility for children, a Basic face-to-face course, typically three hours long, is recommended.  This allows the complexities of safeguarding issues related to specific roles to be addressed and includes opportunities for discussion.  BaseballSoftballUK runs its own 'Time to Listen' course that meets these requirements.
  • Anyone interested in Enhanced safeguarding training should contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address),  where we will be able to advise what is best for the role you perform.

The table below provides an overview  of which level of training is required for different types of roles.  Where  a box is ticked, the person fulfilling that role should complete the indicated level of training.

Role Introductory safeguarding training Basic safeguarding training Enhanced safeguarding training
No contact with children or young people    
Incidental contact with children and young people    
Regular contact with children and young people but no direct responsibility for them    
Young volunteers  
Regular responsibility for children and young people (supervised)
Regular responsibility for children and young people (unsupervised)
Responsibility for children and young people overnight or at an event
A designated Safeguarding Officer at club level
A designated Safeguarding Officer at national level
Managers, Board members and senior levels of employment or deployment  
Role with responsibility for recruitment decisions  

Click for further details of the particular training courses that BaseballSoftballUK offers and recommends.

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