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NEW Introduction to Safeguarding eLearning

British Canoeing and the National Associations are committed to helping everyone in paddlesport accept their responsibility to safeguard children and adults at risk from harm and abuse and ensure appropriate training and education for coaches, leaders and deployers.

It is essential that everyone has at least a basic understanding of what behaviour is appropriate, how to identify a safeguarding concern and be confident about how to respond, as well as being clear about how to access support.

The NEW Introduction to Safeguarding eLearning replaces the existing Paddlesafe course. This is a great introduction for anyone who has limited contact with children or adults at risk. If you do have regular contact with these groups, please contact your National Association for courses that provide such specialised training.

The eLearning has been developed in cooperation with safeguarding subject matter experts and British Canoeing's Safeguarding Steering Group, and provides an informative insight into the basics of safeguarding awareness, explains best practice and how to recognise and report a concern. 

This eLearning is available to purchase at a cost of £10. Once completed, your National Association record will be updated. Please click here to complete the NEW Introduction to Safeguarding eLearning. 

Do I need to complete safeguarding training?

As part of our ongoing review process, we will be introducing changes to our safeguarding requirements for both coaches and leaders.

  • From 30th September 2020, all coaches and leaders will need to engage in appropriate safeguarding training as a prerequisite to assessment.
  • From 30th September 2020, all qualified leaders will need to engage in appropriate safeguarding training to keep their qualifications valid.
  • From 30th September 2020, all coaches and leaders will need to refresh their safeguarding training every three years to keep their qualifications valid and meet Update Scheme requirements.

Which safeguarding training is right for me?

British Canoeing is very aware that many coaches and leaders already engage in appropriate and approved safeguarding training and this will continue to be recognised and recorded on an individual’s record.

If any coaches, leaders or deployers have any questions about the safeguarding changes, please contact your National Association.