Sport-specific safeguarding for cheerleading, dance and gymnastics

Delivered: via Zoom (or can be delivered in-person if based in the UK)

Duration: 4.5hrs

Cost: Basic course cost is £350 / $490USA / $660AUS per programme (up to 20 coaches*). More bespoke elements can be added on request - quote available according to your needs


Who is this course for?

This course is for coaches, dance teachers, staff and managers of gyms and studios that work with children and young people. 


Our training is designed for your gym or studio's entire staff to take together as a bespoke staff training day. However, recognising that not everyone has a staff, and many people operate as sole traders/instructors, Squad Safe is offering a number of days throughout the year for individuals to sign up and attend. Click here to find out about individual sign ups. 

Course overview

This course delivers sport-specific safeguarding training to your coaches and staff members, and helps you as a gym, or studio owner, make your safeguarding policy a practical reality.

The 4.5 hour course is a facilitated group training and discussion session that will help your staff better understand how to implement your safeguarding policies. You will not only learn how to identify and report abuse, but also strategies to embed a culture that promotes an open and honest approach to the safeguarding of children and young people.

The course is accredited by the CPD Certification Service (, meaning participants who successfully complete the course will receive a nationally recognised Continued Professional Development certificate in Safeguarding, compatible with global CPD requirements.

Course features


This course will cover:

  • Safeguarding athletes: What is the coach's role and main responsibilities?

  • How to embed a safeguarding culture at your gym or studio that's open and honest.

  • What is meant by child abuse and keeping children and young people safe?

  • What are the different types, signs and indicators of abuse and neglect, including online risks like social media?

  • How should coaches and staff respond to concerns about the safety and welfare of children and young people, and who should they report to?

  • Identify the barriers that prevent children and young people from reporting abuse.

  • Understand the barriers that prevent staff from reporting concerns, and how to overcome them.

  • What is the process for reporting safeguarding concerns and recording observations, and how to respond effectively to a child who reports abuse.

  • What are the issues related to recording and sharing personal information and data, including confidentiality and data protection.

  • Learn how to identify and respond to adult behaviour that is a cause for concern.

  • Develop awareness of the emotional impact of safeguarding children and young people and identify ways in which a Safeguarding Lead can support staff.

  • How to work with athletes using hands-on coaching "Safe touch" techniques that limits risk to protect both the athlete and coach.

  • Be confident in communicating your gym or studio’s overarching policy and procedures.

  • Identify the next steps your studio or gym needs to take to look after the safety and welfare of the children and young people in your care.

* We recommend no more than 20 staff on the Zoom training in order for everyone to fully participate in discussions. If you have more, please contact us to discuss. We suggest all your coaches / teaching assistants / volunteers 16yrs+ participate.

Book this course by contacting Squad Safe to discuss your needs