Safeguarding Training & Research.

You may be a safeguarding guru or a complete novice, but there is always something new to learn when it comes to safeguarding and child protection. 

If you are working with under 18's you must undergo safeguarding training.  This page directs you to the courses/training and research that safeguarding encompasses to help educate and promote continued learning in Safeguarding. 

Qualifying coaches should attend tutor-led, interactive learning.

Basketball England

For coach renewals, officials and referees we now only accept the Basketball England safeguarding course.  You can enroll on this course by clicking here: 

This course is valid for three years once completed.  Basketball England will update your membership profile upon successful completion of this course. 

Members with in date safeguarding training already attached to their membership profile will be asked to undertake the Basketball England training at the point their existing training expires.  

In the case of Club Welfare Officers, we would ask that both the Safeguarding Course and Club Welfare Officer Course are undertaken prior to the end of August 2024.

The pricing for members to undertake the Safeguarding Course is £20 and takes approximately 3 hours online.  The pricing for members to undertake the Club Welfare Officer Course is £25 and takes approximately one hour online.

Booking for multiple candidates

If you are a club or league that needs to organise multiple participants to complete either the safeguarding or club welfare officer course then please click here to head to our ‘Organise a Technical Course’ area. 

This option also allows bulk payment via invoice from Basketball England.  The form should be completed by the course organiser for bulk orders starting from six candidates or more. 

Once your course has been registered, you will be provided with a course reference number which your candidates will be required to use on the Technical Course Sign Up form.

Only once they have done this will the candidates receive access to the resources.


The NSPCC provide additional consultancy to help grow child protection knowledge and skills. They have worked with numerous different sectors so have expert knowledge on safeguarding and child protection.  

Developing good practices - They also provide different courses to help embed good practice throughout organsiaitons & clubs, they range from: 

Research & Learning - The NSPCC have a whole section of their website dedicated to research, leaflets, guidance and evaluations that share what they have learned from their services to children and families.  

You can find statistics, search research & resources by abuse type and sign up to the Current Awareness Service for Practice, Policy and Research email alerts which provides you with regular updates on current awareness for practice, policy and research and safeguarding/child protection news (they even have a Tumblr blog!).

Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU)

The CPSU have developed webinars, conferences and training events to develop knowledge and skills in safeguarding and child protection.  

Maybe you are looking for particular help or knowledge on a specific subject? The CPSU provide information on a variety of subjects ranging from LGBT young people in sport, Parents in Sport, Photography and much more! More information on these sections and additional knowledge can be found here.  

The CPSU have developed a bank of online webinars which they develop regularly and add to over the course of the year. The topics vary again from Safeguarding Disabled children, bullying in sport, assessing your organisations safeguarding practices and many more. The range of different webinars can be found on their website here.  

Resources & templates- You may be looking to develop your own practices or need a toolkit to assess your safeguarding needs, the CPSU have a resource library full or publications, videos and toolkits to help you sure up your own practices.  

Further information - The CPSU have developed a online course for coaches, welfare officers, committee members and club volunteers to help show you how you can increase young people's participation in the planning and running of sports activities, and how this benefits everyone. This course was developed in conjunction with the FA and UEFA.  Click here for more information.  

UK Coaching

UK Coaching provide various different workshops for anyone who works within the sport sector. Their workshops range from Behaviour Change Tactics, Coaching Young Children.  

They offer a face-to-face safeguarding course suitable for newly qualified coaches and is delivered over a 3 hour period, the certificate is valid for 3 years.  More information on the Safeguarding Workshop can be found here and where the nearest one is to you, search here. 

For Under 13's to Under 17's, the above course does not accommodate for them,  instead UK Coaching have set up a 'Safeguarding for Young Volunteers' course which provides young coaches, officials, volunteers and sports leaders, with age-appropriate safeguarding information. It’s the ideal environment for young coaches, referees, officials and volunteers to develop their confidence in how to identify what abuse of a child in sport may look like, how they should take action appropriate to their age and status, and how to keep themselves safe in sport. 

Resources & Further Development - UK Coaching have a resource bank that they have built over a period of time to hold a range of different resources for coaches who are keen on developing their coaching practice. You can search and filter by different topics and also refine your search by type of research you are wanting.  

If you are coaching children and wish to refine your coaching practice, in terms of making your sessions more suitable for children, how to engage them more in appropriate ways - click here for more information. 

Club Welfare Officers 

In addition to the Basketball England Safeguarding course, club welfare officers must undertake the club welfare officer safeguarding module which gives additional information that is specific to this role.  This is a mandatory requirement as set by the Child Protection in Sport Unit. 

Continual Professional Development

The ‘Safeguarding and Protecting Children’ 3-hour face-to-face course is recommended for all individuals who have responsibility or contact with children. 'Safeguarding' training is a mandatory requirement for licensing. The frequency of these update courses varies between providers.

However, in addition to Safeguarding training there are also many opportunities to increase your awareness of safeguarding related topics, free-of-charge. There are a number of online learning tools on safeguarding issues that are available to staff, volunteers and parents. These courses do not meet the Safeguarding requirements for licensing as a Coach, but are an optional extra. 

The following online courses (listed A to Z) are provided by external organisations and can be accessed directly via their websites – please note you may be required to register with some providers. Please share these opportunities for personal development within your networks so we can work together to broaden the knowledge throughout the Basketball community.