Safeguarding and duty of care - the new realities

Safeguarding and duty of care - the new realities 

Colin Huffen, Head of Education, CIMSPA
David Turner, Children's Lead, UK Coaching
Jude Toasland, Senior Safeguarding Trainer/Consultant, NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit


In this session, co-hosted by Colin Huffen, David Turner and Jude Toasland, delegates were given the first look at CIMSPA’s new standards for safeguarding and protecting children and vulnerable people.

Safeguarding - main concerns

There have been a number of high profile stories in the press about abuse in sport yet, said Jude, such cases represent only one side of the spectrum of her work. Most of the concerns her unit deals with sit on the other side of the spectrum and include issues such as bullying among young people and missing children in leisure centres.

Set against this backdrop, it’s imperative that staff are trained in safeguarding, said Colin.

“I’m not sure I have the skills to challenge someone who I felt was demonstrating poor practice. Can we honestly say that everyone understands what they need to in relation to safeguarding? It’s essential therefore, that everyone is trained to recognise signs and symptoms and be able challenge poor practice.”

Future training and safeguarding standards

Colin then explained how CIMSPA was working with the CPSU and UK Coaching to establish a sector framework. They have also developed a set of professional standards for safeguarding to ensure everyone is trained to an appropriate level.

The aim is to ensure everyone is appropriately trained, specialist training specific to the role is available, all training is appropriate and approved by people with the correct expertise and finally, that training is transferable to reduce duplication.

Within the new standards, three types of standards have been outlined to align with people’s different roles. These range from those who have no contact with children and therefore require only a basic awareness of safeguarding, to those who are making policy decisions and need a strategic understanding of safeguarding.

Conclusion and Q&A session

The next phase, said Colin, was to endorse programmes that align to the professional standards which we aim to publish by Easter 2018. To illustrate future training possibilities and concerns, delegates had the opportunity to look at the new standards.

A question was raised from the audience regarding DBS checks for lifeguards, Jude referenced guidance from CSPU that can be found here. For enquiries please contact or visit