Welfare Training Requirements

Upcoming BF courses can be found here and additional courses will be run on-demand, so please contact us at Nickie.bailey@britishfencing.com if you can’t find a suitable course in your area.

Don’t forget that in order for us to review and recognise your qualifications you will need to upload your own certificates to the BF membership platform – instructions can be found at the bottom of the page.

Club or Event Welfare Officer

In training
Safeguarding and Protecting Children in Sport qualification (valid for 3 years)

During this period of lockdown, BF will be accepting online training for UK Coaching Safeguarding and Protecting Children in Sport.

Fully trained

CSPU Time to Listen (valid for 3 years)

Child Wellbeing and Protection Officer Training (CWPO) – Scotland only 

En Garde!…Ready?

If a club has policies and procedures in place then we would recommend that after attending an SPC course, trainee CWOs familiarise themselves with the policies and procedures and then attend the CSPU Time to Listen course.

Please note that each Home Nation will have its own training requirement, please check.

As there is no formal CPSU Time to Listen which is suitable for delivery during lockdown, BF is running our own version using online video conferencing mechanisms. Please email equality@britishfencing.com to be booked onto a course. Please note that whilst passing this course will make you a fully qualified Club Welfare Officer for fencing it will not be transferable to other environments.

For those of you with current valid Time to Listen qualifications please do take the opportunity to access online resources to supplement your learning eg CPSU resources.


Safeguarding and Protecting Children in Sport qualification (valid for 3 years)

Child Wellbeing and Protection in Sport (CWPS)

Team Managers

Safeguarding and Protecting Children in Sport qualification (valid for 3 years)

CSPU Time to Listen (valid for 3 years)

Club level – TM 1&2

GBR level – TM 3


Uploading Certificates to the Membership Platform

Once you receive the certificates please upload them to your BF membership profile in the correct sections (see below) and email the BF Volunteer Workforce Manager to ask for the relevant register to be updated.


Where to upload welfare certificates

Login to the system and go to your profile page.

Click on ‘Safeguarding’ in the vertical menu.

For all mandatory training eg SPC, EGR, TTL and equivalents select ‘Safeguarding Qualification’

Select the qualification type from the dropdown as follows:

Option 1 Safeguarding Qualification

  • Safeguarding and Protecting Children in Sport: SPC in Sport and Child Well-Being and Protection in Sport (Scotland) .
  • Welfare 1 = EGR
  • Welfare 2 = Time to Listen (or BF Club Welfare Officer or NI equivalent). NB SCO safe hands 2 will no longer be available once the new CWPO training in Scotland is released

For any other course undertaken select ‘Other Safeguarding Qualification’

It is crucial that you upload your certificates to your BF membership, as this is the information that we rely on to update the register – currently 90% on the published register are in red because there is no evidence in the system of attending any welfare courses. If you upload any certificates please email Nickie.bailey@britishfencing.com as that will speed up the process to get your certificates approved and the register updated,


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