Why Safeguarding in Sport Matters
We’ve obviously done our research around safeguarding in sport. But this isn’t the only reason we have such extensive knowledge on the matter. We’re coaches ourselves. We're aware of the benefits of safeguarding in sport. We run our own clubs, classes, courses and safeguarding and child protection software.
As Coaches, we have a duty of care to protect our athletes that are children/vulnerable adults. We always act with their absolute best interests at heart. And everything we do, we do for them. Safeguarding children in sport is always the number one priority for us, you and every sports coach. UK safeguarding has never been in safer hands.
Before Coacha even existed, we were looking into which pieces of sport/children safeguarding software to use for our own clubs. Obviously, we didn’t find any that we thought were satisfactory; hence why we built our own. But when we were conducting our research into kids' safeguarding software, we discovered that, sure, there was software out there that held your athlete’s information, allowed you to use registers and send emails; but where were the specific features focusing on safeguarding and data protection/GDPR?
The NSPCC's role in safeguarding is vast. Coacha’s primary goal will always be to keep your members’ information as safe and secure as possible, whilst allowing you to use Coacha’s tools to adequately safeguard them.
We built Coacha’s communication feature around NSPCC Child Protection in Sport (CPSU)’s safeguarding guidelines, so that no member can ever be contacted when they shouldn’t be (as long as members’ dates of births are correct). This means if members are too young to be contacted, their parents will automatically be contacted instead. Meaning the administrative side of your communication process just got a whole lot safer and easier by using this safeguarding and child protection software. We're helping you protect your members based on the NSPCC's role in safeguarding.
You can also add an ‘Independent Moderator’ who will be copied in on all emails to those that are underage within this children safeguarding software. So the selected individual who attends NSPCC safeguarding training can be confident they're a part of a club who do their very best to protect its members.
One of the features we’re most proud of within Coacha, our kids' safeguarding software, is ‘Coach’s Notes’. Each member profile will have a ‘Coach’s Notes’ section that can be used to track progress, note behavior, grades etc. Coach’s Notes are subject to instant data download via the Member Portal by members/their parents under GDPR. However, if you need to use Coach’s Notes to document safeguarding concerns (that you picked up on in NSPCC safeguarding training), you can. You may not think they're appropriate for the parent to read (in view of the child’s safety), so you can upgrade the note to a ‘Safeguarding Note’. This will make the note exempt from data download so you're always safeguarding children in sport with your safeguarding app.
As far as we know, there isn’t any other sports club management software that has implemented such sophisticated safeguarding in sport features. We will always continue to work to help you safeguard and protect your members as well as we can, so your club can reap the benefits of safeguarding in sport.