youth sports teamWith the knockout stages of the World Cup kicking off this weekend, the NSPCC has launched a new e-learning course aimed at teaching sports club’s coaches and volunteers what to do if they come across a child who has been a victim of abuse or neglect.

Child Protection in Sport – a new e-learning course which will help teach sports club’s coaches and volunteers what to do if they come across a child who has been a victim of abuse or neglect.
 
The NSPCC estimates only one in nine children at risk are currently receiving support and with two million sports sector workers coming into contact with over 10 million children every week the charity believes the sports sector can play a crucial role in protecting them.

The Child Protection in Sport initiative has the support of the Football Association and its general secretary Alex Horne said: “It’s so important that people working in the sporting world are aware of the signs of child abuse and that’s why the Football Association has delivered it’s NSPCC endorsed Safeguarding Children awareness courses in football since 2001.
 
“Protecting children is the responsibility of us all and with coaches and sports volunteers coming into contact with children every day it’s essential they know how to respond if a child has been abused or neglected - the NSPCC’s Child Protection in Sport course helps to inform and empower people in sport to play their part in tackling child abuse.”

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Adults in sport are in a unique position to spot the signs of abuse because they see the way children interact with their families. Children also often form close bonds with their coaches which means they are likely to turn to them if they are being abused or neglected.
 
Peter Watt, the NSPCC’s Director of National Services, added: "People working in sport can end up being a real lifeline for children who are being abused or neglected.
 
“We know there are children out there right now who are suffering and some are likely to attend their local sports clubs this evening.
 
“Through courses like Child Protection in Sport we want to ensure coaches and volunteers coming into contact with these children are able to recognise abuse and know where to report it - before it becomes too late.”
 
The learning programme is made up of four modules:
• Module 1: Recognise possible abuse
• Module 2: Respond appropriately
• Module 3: Report your concerns
• Module 4: Record your observations
 
For further information please visit: www.nspcc.org.uk/onlinetraining