Snowsport England is committed to ensuring everyone can enjoy snowsport activities in a safe and happy environment. 

We provide a range of support to safeguard the welfare of our young people and promote positive physical and mental health and wellbeing. All children need to feel comfortable enough to share concerns and challenge poor practice.

Everyone has a responsibility to ensure the welfare of young people. All clubs, academies, associations and individuals are bound by Snowsport England’s Safeguarding and Protecting Children Policy, Snow Safe.

Snowsafe

SnowSafe is Snowsport England’s policy for safeguarding children – everyone involved in snowsport activities must abide by it. The SnowSafe Policy and the SnowSafe Manual for Clubs incorporates the new Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 legislation and the Data Protection Act 2018. Follow the link for further safeguarding resources.

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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 here 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 in the club. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and the CWO has a proactive role in ensuring everyone at the club (children, parents, coaches/instructors, volunteers) works together to ensure children and young people 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.

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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

Raising concerns

The welfare of a child is of paramount concern.  It is not up to you to decide whether or not a child has been abused, but it is your responsibility to report any concerns appropriately. If you think a child is in immediate danger, call the police. See below for useful contacts and resources:

National Contacts for Safeguarding

  • ChildLine UK – 24 hour helpline for children: 0800 1111 – website
  • 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
  • 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.