16th April 2020
COVID-19 and Safeguarding in Sport


The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic presents new safeguarding challenges for all those working or volunteering with children. We will compile our latest information and resources for those in the sports sector here. We know these are uncertain times with all our usual activities and competitions cancelled as clubs try to find other ways to engage their young members.

Remote Coaching

The CPSU have released safeguarding guidance for sports clubs and organisations taking part in remote coaching with their members. 

This information highlights online safety processes as well as advice for conducting remote training sessions. The information builds on the NSPCC’s safeguarding guidance for schools who have introduced remote teaching.

Virtual Classroom

In response to the current restrictions, UK Coaching are offering a new online version of their existing training course Safeguarding and Protecting Children (SPC)

The course, which is usually delivered as a face to face workshop, aims to raise awareness of the signs of abuse and provide learners with the tools needed to deal with issues sensitively, appropriately and effectively.

For more information contact UK Coaching.

Changes to DBS

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) have made some temporary changes to their guidelines and processes to support the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

These include amendments to the ID checking guidelines for urgent standard and enhanced checks - and basic checks when submitted through a Responsible Organisation. DBS have also published a safeguarding factsheet for community volunteers to address specific concerns that people involved in supporting their community may have at this time. 

For all of the DBS and coronavirus related resources please visit the DBS Covid-19 guidance page which brings together their factsheets, updated guidelines and frequently asked questions. 

Helplines Remains Available

If you're worried about a child, even if you're unsure, you can speak to the NSPCC helpline about your concerns on 0808 800 5000 or email help@nspcc.org.uk 

Please continue to recommend Childline to the young people in your clubs and activities on 0800 1111

Further Information