This article outlines what Child Protection is and what training the BMC provides.
Child Protection, sometimes called Child Safeguarding, is about two things.
Firstly it's about keeping children safe from those who might seek to harm them.
Secondly, it's about adults working according to good practice so that they don't do things, or put themselves in situations, that might lead to an allegation being made against them.
The BMC Child Protection policy is a key document in this.
The BMC offers two levels of Child Protection training:
1. Safeguarding and Child Protection Awareness
This is an introductory course that makes people aware of the issues and how to work within good practice guidelines.
All those who work, paid or unpaid, with children and young people, and those with designated roles in relation to children such as Club Welfare Officers, Area Youth Coordinator, junior team volunteers, should attend a recognised Safeguarding workshop or course.
The course itself has been designed by Sportscoach UK. Climber and mountaineer Alan Weightman, who is Sportscoach UK trained and accredited, delivers this course when the BMC offers this training and all who attend receive a Sportscoach UK certificate of attendance.
Click here for next BMC Safeguarding and Child Protection Awareness course
If there isn't a BMC event available then there may be an event in your area run by Sportscoach UK. It is perfectly acceptable to attend one of their courses. Check out courses available through Sportcoach UK here
2. Time to Listen
This course is specifically for people who have a designated person role, youth officer role within a club, or an Area Youth Coordinator role within the BMC.
It is more advanced training and attendees must already have attended a basic Safeguarding and Child Protection Awareness training course mentioned above.
The Time to Listen course has been developed by the Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) of the NSPCC and is delivered for the BMC by Nick Colton and Alan Weightman who have been trained by the CPSU to do this.
For information on next Time to Listen course click here
For more information about these courses or any child protection issue, please contact:
Direct line: 0161 438 3305
For Young People
Check out the BMC's Young People's guide to Child Protection