BSUK announces new safeguarding requirements

Fri 10 Nov 2017

In light of the many historic child abuse cases coming forward in football over the past year, BSUK (which has delegated responsibility for safeguarding in our sports) has undertaken a thorough review of current procedures and has instigated proposals, with advice from the Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) and support from the BSF and BBF, to reduce the risk of a safeguarding issue damaging the reputation of our sports.

These proposals will come into effect immediately, and now is the ideal time to make preparations so you are fully compliant for the start of next season.

So how does this affect you?

Youth baseball or softball teams

For all youth teams (defined as any team exclusively selecting players under the age of 18 or adult teams accepting membership of three or more players under the age of 18:

  • A minimum of one (1) coach per team shall have appropriate safeguarding training, to be determined by BaseballSoftballUK.  Apart from rare exceptions, it is expected that the team Head Coach shall be one of these suitably-qualified individuals.
  • All youth team coaches are to have a valid DBS check completed on them within the last calendar year before the start of the season in question.
  • All youth clubs or teams must name a designated Safeguarding Officer within their organization who has appropriate safeguarding training, to be determined by BaseballSoftballUK.
  • All clubs or teams must provide BaseballSoftballUK with contact details for their designated Safeguarding Officer and coach(es) and ensure that these details are kept up to date.

Adult Teams Accepting Membership from Youth Players

For teams that allow membership of players under 18 years of age:

  • All team coaches on a team that accepts players under 18 years of age shall have a valid DBS check completed on them within the last calendar year before the start of the season in question.
  • Should a team have three or more youth players, the regulations covering exclusive youth teams shall apply.
  • All youth clubs or teams must name a designated Safeguarding Officer within their organisation who has appropriate safeguarding training to be determined by BaseballSoftballUK.
  • All teams must provide BaseballSoftballUK with contact details for their designated Safeguarding Officer and coach(es) and ensure that these details are kept up to date.

The Academy and High Performance Academy

  • All coaches to the Academy and High Performance Academy must have a DBS check completed on them annually, prior to the commencement of their duties.
  • Academy and HPA Head Coaches are required to have suitable safeguarding training to be determined by BaseballSoftballUK.

Youth National Teams in baseball and softball

  • For all national teams selecting players under the age of 18:
  • All youth teams must name a designated Safeguarding Officer within their organisation, who has appropriate safeguarding training to be determined by BaseballSoftballUK.
  • All appointed national team coaches must have DBS checks completed on them annually, prior to the commencement of their duties.
  • National Team Head Coaches are required to have suitable safeguarding training to be determined by BaseballSoftballUK.

General Regulations

  • Parental permission forms must be completed annually, prior to the start of any play or training, for all youth players. 
  • All teams undertaking overnight trips shall complete a Travelling Team Details Form and submit it to BaseballSoftballUK at least seven days prior to the commencement of the trip.  This is so that BaseballSoftballUK has the main trip details and contacts and is able to assist in an emergency by providing a helpline for all enquiries*.  All travelling teams must have a suitably-trained Safeguarding Officer with them.

* This is the service that BSUK offers for travelling teams to provide full assistance 24/7 for all teams travelling abroad; to assist, if needed, if an emergency occurs; and to provide a 'hotline'-type service for parents/family members.

Who needs what safeguarding training?

Club/league Safeguarding Officers need “Time to Listen” face-to-face training.  However, if a Safeguarding Officer is new or unqualified, Educare online training can be used to provide basic training until a suitable face-to-face course is available.  All Safeguarding Officers should complete a face-to-face course within a year of taking up the position.

For Head Coaches and Assistant Coaches, Educare online safeguarding training is ideal.

Other approved safeguarding courses

The following courses are recognised by BSUK as providing an acceptable standard of safeguarding training:

  • Sports Coach UK's Safeguarding and Protecting Children (or Safeguarding and Protecting Children 2 for renewal purposes).
  • 'Time to Listen' course (generic) delivered by County Sports Partnerships.
  • Child protection courses delivered by local Safeguarding Children's Boards.
  • Child protection training delivered by local schools.

Sound intimidating?  Well, it shouldn't be -- BSUK has solutions on hand to make the completion of all the requirements listed above as smooth as possible.  Here is what BSUK can do to help:

DBS Checks, as now, can be completed on your coaches quickly and easily.  It’s a simple form to complete with an option to sign up for the update service to save having to complete yearly.  For info or to arrange a DBS check, please .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 0207 453 7055.

Safeguarding Training.  BSUK has secured a deal with online training experts Educare to be able to provide suitable training at the low cost of £35 per person.  This training can be completed from the comfort of your home at times that suit you and is a fully-flexible solution to getting the appropriate safeguarding training you need.  BSUK has already helped over 100 coaches get trained in this way.

The Educare training is ideal for coaches who have no safeguarding training, or for those renewing an expired course.

To sign up for an Educare course please click here.

BSUK is also able to run the NSPCC ‘Time to Listen' course specifically for baseball and softball clubs and leagues who want to get a Safeguarding Officer trained.  These courses can be arranged according to demand.  If you require a course please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to arrange.  BSUK is committed to providing appropriate safeguarding training to clubs and leagues.

The Parent Permission Form and the Travelling Teams Detail Form are available to download from our website.  Please click here to access.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call the BSUK office on 0207 453 7055.

Website Information

To assist clubs and teams we would like to remind you of the information on safeguarding that we have available on our website.  This includes our safeguarding policies and comprehensive advice on dealing with concerns.  Click here for details.

Our team is here to help, so if you have any concerns or questions please get in touch straight away.  The office is staffed daily and we are available by email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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