Training & Awareness Raising


All coaches and volunteers should receive particular skills and safeguarding training appropriate to their role. Training should be updated and refreshed regularly for coaches/volunteers and in line with changing legislation. UBTI require all staff, coaches and volunteers involved in Tennis to have safeguarding training that includes:


  • a basic awareness and understanding of safeguarding issues

  • things that should alert people to the possibility of abuse

  • reacting and responding

  • reporting procedures

  • dealing with issues such as confidentiality


    Organising training clubs should contact either:


  • The UBTI office to confirm if we are facilitating any workshops.

  • Sport NI - Marie-Therese Higgins, via Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Tel: 028 9038 1222.

  • Alternatively clubs could contact their local council sports development officer for advice on local training planned.


    Sport Northern Ireland offer the following safeguarding learning resources:


  • Safeguarding Children and Young People in Sport (3 hours workshop)

  • Designated Safeguarding Children's Officer (DSCO) (3 hours workshop)

  • A free online refresher course.


    Safeguarding Children and Young People workshop. By the end of this workshop participants will be able to:


  • understand the background to safeguarding children and young people in sport

  • identify best practice procedures to safeguard children and young people in sport

  • understand the different categories of child abuse

  • identify the signs of poor practice or abuse

  • act if poor practice or abuse is suspected


    Designated Safeguarding Children's Officer workshop. By the end of the workshop participants should be able to:


  • Understand your roles and responsibilities- Be inspired

  • Reflect on the communications skills needed for your role

  • Recognise and respond appropriately to a range of situations that give grounds for concern.


    Participants must have attended the Safeguarding Children & Young People in Sport (awareness raising) workshop before the DSCO course as this builds on the learning from the awareness raising workshop. The aim of this workshop is to enable participants to become familiar with the role of a Designated Safeguarding Children's Officer and develop their competence and confidence in carrying out this role within sport.


    Online safeguarding refresher course

    This free course aimed primarily at those who have previously attended a Sport NI "Safeguarding Children and Young People in Sport" three hour workshop or equivalent. UBTI require coaches/volunteer to refresh their safeguarding knowledge every 3 years. This online course can also be beneficial for parents and for all roles with regular responsibility for children this course can be a useful precursor to a face-to-face workshop.