Duty to Care Toolkit and Digital Badge
UK Coaching has launched a new toolkit that will ensure the nation's coaches and volunteers are equipped with the knowledge and skills to provide great experiences to others, and support them to better look after themselves as they return to activity after COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed.
Great coaching is beyond just the technical and tactical elements that make up the playing of a sport or physical activity. The comprehensive suite of learning aims to galvanise the coaching sector to fulfil their obligations around the education and provision of five pillars of Duty to Care.
The Duty to Care Toolkit is now available on UK Coaching's learning and development platform (ukcoaching.org) and is set across five areas – Diversity, Inclusion, Mental Health, Safeguarding and Wellbeing:
- Diversity: Diversity is who you attract to your session. Organisations, clubs and coaches have an obligation to provide equality of opportunity for those taking part. This precludes discrimination based on race, religion, gender, age, ability or sexual orientation.
- Inclusion: Inclusion is how you tailor delivery to different audiences and how you treat people to keep them involved.
- Mental Health: Just like physical health, we all have mental health and, just as our bodies can become unwell, so can our minds.
- Safeguarding: Protecting people (children and adults, grassroots to high performers) from harmful practice in sport and physical activity.
- Well-being: A coach can positively influence the way people think, feel and behave and support them to build their resilience, self-esteem and confidence, which are essential to maintaining and improving psychological and emotional well-being.
The toolkit will challenge coaches and volunteers to demonstrate their knowledge of the principles of Duty to Care and will sign-post them to learning resources that can help them to adapt sessions safely, equipping them to deliver great coaching – and thereby, inspire their participants to develop lifelong active lifestyles.
Coaches who complete the free Duty to Care Knowledge Check in each pillar will earn themselves a nationally recognised Duty to Care 'Digital Badge', which they can display with pride to show their commitment to great coaching.
Why earn the badge?
- Showcase your commitment to great coaching
- Proof that you have demonstrated a thorough knowledge of the principles of Duty to Care
- Evidence of your continuing professional development
Do you feel ready to put your knowledge to the test? If so you can enrol now for FREE on the individual pillar pages. Once you have enrolled your progress for each Knowledge Check will be shown