Safeguarding Changes for 2015/16 & 2017

Generally only Volleyball England registered clubs can take part in the EDVA league (there are one or two exceptions for clubs who provide their own insurance). For most clubs there are a few changes for clubs in 2016

In line with Government Guidance and the NSPCC Children Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU), at the start of the 2015/16 season every Volleyball Club with juniors must provide details of a nominated Safeguarding Officer (at the time of writing, adult only clubs are exempt). If you don’t currently have one, you can nominate a club representative for this role, however they will need to attend Basic Safeguarding training, and a Time to Listen course by August 2016.

Please also note that if you are a Level 2 coach or above, you must have also attended Basic Safeguarding training, and a Time to Listen course by August 2016. [Correction / Update: It appears that the Time to Listen course is no longer required for level 2 coaches 15/03/2016]

Course are run by various organisations in the Exeter, see Active Devon etc. #

At the time of writing, the following Active Devon & Sportcoach UK links list courses in the Exeter area:

FAQ: Safeguarding – Frequently Asked Questions

Adult only Clubs, From the FAQ:

11. Do the CWOs from adult only clubs need a different level of training requirements?

Yes, following the feedback received from adult only clubs, Volleyball England has consulted with the CPSU on making the course more suitable. This has led to the requirements being changed for clubs catering for adults only. The CWO needs to just complete the Sport Coach UK Safeguarding and Protecting Children Workshop either face to face or online. This will reduce the cost and time commitment for adult only clubs while still providing a strong overview of safeguarding and its importance.

# A question was raised about VE recognizing courses provided by other sports and organisations, I past this question on the Volleyball England’s.

“We do recognise courses hosted by other authorities, but we are recommending that clubs try to attend our courses where possible as they have been adapted for the volleyball environment, and so are more suitable for the welfare officers in volleyball.”

Let me know if you have any more questions

Kind Regards,

Owen Lamb []