Snowsport England is committed to ensuring that everyone can enjoy Snowsport activities in a safe, happy and supported environment.  We provide a range of support to safeguard the welfare of all our participants including children and young people, adults, and adults at risk.  All Clubs, Academies, Associations and individuals are bound by our SnowSafe Safeguarding Policies for Adults, and Children and Young People found on the Safeguarding Resources pages.

Snowsafe

Snowsport England has 2 safeguarding policies; one for children and young people and the other for adults.  Everyone involved in the activities of Snowsport England must abide by them.  Find our SnowSafe policies, our SnowSafe Toolkit and other resources here.

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Training

Coaches, instructors and Club Welfare Officers must check our list of accepted courses. The initial course must be face-to-face; refreshers can be e-learning or face to face - but only if included on our accepted list. We follow training provider guidance from the Child Protection In Sport Unit (CPSU) who are part of the NSPCC and funded to support national governing bodies of sport. If you attend a different course we will not be able to accept it. Follow the link for further information.

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Licensing & DBS

To become or remain licensed with Snowsport England, you must maintain your qualification, first aid training, DBS check and Child protection safeguarding training. All coaches, instructors and Club Welfare Officers must have a DBS disclosure – apply for your DBS or follow the link below for further information.

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Information for Club Welfare Officers and Clubs

A Club Welfare Officer (CWO) has a hugely important role to play, reporting concerns and putting procedures in place to safeguard children and adults at risk in the club. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and the CWO should have a proactive role in ensuring everyone at the club including children, young people, adult athletes, parents, coaches/instructors and volunteers, work together to ensure all our participants are safeguarded and enjoy their time at the club
Information for CWOs and Clubs

Information for Coaches

All our coaches and instructors are required to abide by the Snowsport England Coaches Code of Ethics, Conduct and Practice.  Failure to abide by it, or our Snowsafe Policy, could lead to disciplinary action. There is also a wealth of information in our SnowSafe Manual for Clubs.  This includes guidance on transporting children, social media, organising trips away etc.
Information for Coaches

Information for Children, Young People and Parents

We want you and your family to have a great time taking part in snowsport activities!  Everyone at your club should be helping you have fun and develop new skills in a safe and happy environment. Below you can find further information on what to expect from your club or click here to head to our mental health and wellbeing page.
Information for Children, Young People and Parents

Information for ADULTS PARTICIPATING IN SNOWSPORT

Information for Adults Participating in Snowsport

Raising concerns

The welfare of children and adults at risk is of paramount importance. It is not your responsibility to decide whether a child or adult has been abused, but it is your responsibility to report any concerns appropriately.  For children, you have a legal duty of care to pass on the concern appropriately with or without their permission, or the permission of their parents. For an adult, you would usually only do so with their consent, but you should still inform the Snowsport England Safeguarding Lead as there are times we need to report without consent.  If you think a child or adult is in immediate danger, call the police or emergency services on 999.  See below for useful contact details and resources

National Contacts for Safeguarding

  • ChildLine UK – 24 hour helpline for children: 0800 1111 – website
  • ChildLine number for adults concerned about a child – 0800 800 5000
  • Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre: 0870 000 3344 – website
  • Kidscape – helpline for adults and young people concerned about bullying: 08451 205 204 – website
  • NSPCC Freephone – 24 hour helpline: 0808 800 5000
  • The Samaritans: 116 123
  • To report on line abuse, please use the CEOP Report Abuse app at the following website
  • For advice for children, young people, parents and carers, please see the ThinkUKnow website
  • Ann Craft Trust – the experts in safeguarding adults in sport – their website has information, guidance and good practice website
  • The NSPCC’s Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) website provides up to date advice, guidance and good practice on safeguarding children in sport – see their website.