We believe that all young people, children and adults at risk deserve the right to protection, correct welfare and the feeling of safety in all sporting environments. Ultimately this responsibility comes down to the coach or volunteer. All coaches and volunteers should have valid and renewed safeguarding qualifications. Safeguarding needs to be renewed every three years, and although some NGB’s offer an online renewal, we highly recommend you go along to a face to face event.

Please visit our Courses & Workshops page for a list of upcoming Safeguarding and First Aid workshops.


Herts Sports Partnership encourages all coaches in Hertfordshire to become CoachMark accredited. Without this you will be unlikely to work in a school or club as you will not meet the criteria to work in that environment. All schools in Hertfordshire should be aiming to work with CoachMark coaches. The CoachMark accreditation ensures that those coaches who have it are certified with the correct safeguarding, first aid and coaching qualifications and skills to be safe to coach within your school environment. We strongly recommend that you look to only use coaches with the CoachMark accreditation.

To find out if a coach has the CoachMark accreditation, please contact Chris Samways.

Social Media

Herts Sports Partnership takes the use of social media within sport seriously. As technology develops, the internet and its range of services can be accessed through various devices including mobile phones, computers and game consoles. While the internet has many positive uses, it provides the key method for the distribution of indecent images of children. Furthermore, the use of social networking sites, chat rooms and instant messaging systems are ever increasing.

In addition, electronic communication is being used more and more by young people as a means of bullying their peers. We ask that you read the below document to understand how you should act as a coach within the realms of social media, and what is, and is not acceptable.

Social Media for Coaches

Duty of Care

Sports clubs and organisations have a duty of care for all those involved in their organisation. In order to fulfil its duty of care a sports body needs to take reasonable measures in the circumstances to ensure that individuals will be safe to participate in the activity.

When children and young people are involved in organised sports activities and are to any extent under the care of one or more adults, the adult(s) have a duty to take reasonable care to ensure their safety and welfare is met at all times. A duty of care may be imposed by common law or statute, contract, acceptance by an individual. Please see the CPSU Duty of Care information sheet below.

CPSU Duty of Care

Code of Practice

Coaches play a crucial role in the development of any sport and in the lives of the performers that they coach. Good coaches ensure participants in sport have a positive experience and therefore are increasingly likely to continue in sport and achieve their potential.

Good coaching practice should reflect the following principles:

Rights: Coaches must respect and champion the rights of every individual to participate in sport
Responsibilities: Coaches must demonstrate a proper personal behaviour at all times
Professionalism: Maximise the benefits and minimise the risks to performers; coaches must attain a high level of competence throughout qualifications and a commitment to ongoing good practice
Relationships: Coaches must develop a coach-athlete relationship through honest, openness and mutual trust

You can find out more information on the above in the Coaching Code of Practice document below.

UK Coaching Code of Practice