Following a review in March 2013, the BFA & EF have made changes to the documentation they can accept from coaches who wish to get onto/remain on the Coach Register. The changes came into effect on the 1st April 2013 and are aimed at raising the safety and safeguarding standards within our sport.
The changes, which can be found in detail on the BFA website, require that in addition to a recognised coaching qualification, and current DRB clearance, coaches also require First Aid and Child Protection documentation. Only coaches who meet these criteria, and who are then entered onto the BFA Coach Register, are insured for their activities.
Affiliated clubs have a duty to ensure their coaches meet these criteria and are therefore covered by insurance for their activities.
The First Aid requirement is that coaches attend a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recognised course. There are two courses which they accept:
- Emergency First Aid at Work (6 hours contact time)
- First Aid at Work (18 hrs contact time or 12 hours contact time for renewals)
These courses are valid for 3 years.
The BFA will not accept the 3 hour courses that are on offer as standards are variable as is course contents. Also they will not accept qualifications obtained through distance learning/eLearning/online/home study etc courses.
The BFA list suppliers of these courses (see the BFA website), but WF recommend that if using a supplier from a different source you check out with the BFA that the certification provided by the course you intend attending is acceptable to the BFA’s Equality and Safeguarding Manager.
New Minimum Standards for Child Protection Training
The BFA’s preferred course is the Sports Coach UK Safeguarding and Protecting Children module (3 hr workshop). For people who have done this before there is now an
alternative Safeguarding and Protecting Children 2 – Reflecting on Practice course which is also acceptable.
The BFA will not accept qualifications obtained through distance learning/eLearning/online/home study etc courses.
These workshops are valid for three years.
Details of where to find them can be from the BFA website. Exemptions may be accepted if an individual can supply certificated evidence of attendance on a similar course or can provide evidence of comparable training within their practitioner role. These are on a case by case basis at the discretion of the Equality and Safeguarding Manager.
Funding to attend these new courses may be available through Welsh fencing, your County Sports Partnership or Local
Authority. For a list of County Sport Partnerships contacts please go to: http://www.britishfencing.com/courses/coach/funding_for_coaches