Basketball England is committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and adult at risk in basketball. Our Safeguarding Policy, Adults at Risk Policy & Regulations set out the key principles that our organisation adheres to as well as providing best practice guidance. We also have guidance for our clubs, parents, players, staff and welfare officers.
As such, it is a requirement that all officials and associated workforce complete safeguarding training, a safeguarding self declaration and complete a criminal records check in order to become licensed and active in their role.
Further details about safeguarding can be found here
From the season commencing 2021/22, the pre-requirements are;
1. Safeguarding training. You will have to upload proof of recent safeguarding training when licensing. We recommend that anyone working with children undertakes face-to-face or virtual classroom training as their introduction to Safeguarding. We have a list of recommended providers on our website. For officials wishing to license, we will also accept approved E-learning safeguarding courses and certificates from other employers. Safeguarding certificates must be updated every 3 years. Those who have not completed any training can do so by following this link here or by registering on one of our other approved courses.
2. Safeguarding self-declaration form. You will be prompted complete a self-declaration form on the membership system. If, during the course of the year, your situation changes and you find yourself subject to an investigation by a statutory agency or another employer, it is your responsibility to inform the Safeguarding Team so that we can speak about what’s happening and whether this impacts on your role.
3. Criminal records check. You are required to have an enhanced DBS check every three years. Basketball England must be able to check your DBS status every three years which means you need to re-apply for a enhanced DBS certificate when you have held your certificate for 2.5 years, unless you have already subscribed to the update service. We recommend you apply through Basketball England for the check. You can apply for a new certificate when you apply for a license by emailing the firstname.lastname@example.org or registering your details with a local DBS verifier.
For the 2021/22 season we have changed the way a members registers with the organisation. Anybody can now become a member at no cost. Those involved in the game as a player, coach or official will have to purchase a licence.
Details about what licence and fee you should pay can be found below.
Those who carryout dual roles should pay the higher fee only.
These additional products are still available free of charge with an officiating licence.
Officiating Co-ordinator - a person who appoints officials to games within a league or for a club
Officiating Coach - a trained person who has completed our Officiating Coach programme
Officiating Instructor - a person who is recruited to deliver education on a national scale for officials
Officiating Tutor - a person who has been validated to lead our Level 1 & 2 technical award courses
Non-nationals that wish to officiate in England must ensure they have the ‘right to work’ in a self-employed capacity.
During the registration process you are required to submit proof that they have the ‘Right to work’ in the UK in a ‘self-employed’ manner. Proof of this is required at time of making a licence application by uploading a VISA or Residency Permit.
"Right to Work" - The Right To Work is a legal requirement for anyone looking to work in the UK.
"Self Employed" - working for oneself as a freelance or the owner of a business rather than for an employer. Self-employed workers aren’t paid through PAYE, and they don’t have the employment rights and responsibilities of their employee and are responsible to pay their own PAYE.
Do you already hold a qualification or have experience as an official in another country which you want to transfer to the UK? If this is the case please follow this process below.
To transfer your basketball Officiating or Coaching Qualification you are required to complete the Foreign Qualification Transfer Form. Subject to the evidence provided, we will transfer your qualification over to a Basketball England Level 2 Award in the first instance. Anyone who holds a FIBA qualification will remain as FIBA.
To transfer your National Qualification, there will be a cost of £35 as a Referee or Coach and £15 as a Table Official or Statistician. This is payable on completion of this form via PayPal.
Once we have transferred your qualification, you will be required to register yourself as a member with Basketball England by following the details found on this page.