08/10/2020- Safeguarding/Welfare

Safeguarding: fencing-specific online renewal course now available


Update 19/07/2023: This course has been phased out and replaced with SafeGuard Core. Read more about it here.

BF is now taking bookings for the new Online Renewal SPC Course which starts on 20th October, 2020. Certificates are approved for the BF Registers.

BF has launched our British Fencing Online Renewal Safeguarding & Protecting Children Course (fencing-specific) on the BF LearningZone. Bookings are now open for the first course starting on 20th October, 2020.

Available to participants aged 18 or older and developed specifically for a fencing context, this course provides everyone that has a duty of care towards young fencers with the knowledge and confidence to prevent and react to situations where young people might be at risk. Making fencing a safe environment for children and young people must remain a priority, achieved by setting the highest standards and best practice within the community.

Georgina Usher, CEO said, “Children and young people are the future of our sport. It is therefore incumbent on all of us to role model positive behaviours and practices, so these are in turn adopted by the next generation of fencers, coaches, athletes, referees, volunteers and administrators”.

Anyone is welcome to take part in the course for Continued Professional Development and to learn about safeguarding in fencing. Certificates obtained upon successful completion of the four learning modules and a final test are approved to renew the Safeguarding requirement of the BF Coach, Team Manager and Club Welfare Officer Registers and are valid for three years.

Where the certificate is being used to maintain your position on the BF Registers, as a renewal course, one of the pre-requisites to participate is to have attended and passed a full approved Safeguarding course no longer than 3 years before. (This pre-requisite is not mandatory if a participant does not intend to use the certificate to update their record on one of BF Registers). For the renewal certificate to be accepted for BF Registers, the online renewal course must be completed by the expiry date of the prior, full course certificate.

For example, if you are a Registered Coach, Team Manager or Club Welfare Officer and your current, full course certificate was issued on 15th November 2017, the three-year validity ends on 15th November 2020. You must sign up for the course starting on 20th October 2020, complete it and pass the final assessment by 15th November 2020 to remain current on the BF Registers.

Please note, Registered Coaches, Team Managers and Club Welfare Officers must upload the certificate to their Sport80 member account to remain current on the Registers.

For any further information, please contact [email protected].

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