FIFA Guardians™ Safeguarding in Sport Award
What is the FIFA Safeguarding in Sport Award?
This FIFA Guardians Safeguarding in Sport Award is a series of five online courses designed to support the work of safeguarding professionals throughout sport.
You will receive recognition for each one of the five courses you successfully complete by collecting five individual ‘Digital Badges’ awarded by The Open University. The FIFA Guardians Safeguarding in Sport Award will be achieved by those who collect all five Digital Badges.
The starting point for everybody is Course 1 – the FIFA Guardians Safeguarding Essentials 90-minute course. When you successfully complete this course, you will be awarded your ‘FIFA Guardians Safeguarding Essentials Certificate’ and your first Digital Badge.
If you achieve the full FIFA Guardians Safeguarding in Sport Award you will be recognised as having the knowledge to contribute to creating a safe and supportive environment for everybody in sport, especially children. After completing the FIFA Guardians Safeguarding in Sport Award, you will have an in-depth knowledge of your safeguarding responsibilities, how to apply them, and how your own values and behaviours can influence the raising of safeguarding standards in sport.
What will you learn?
At the end of the FIFA Guardians™ Safeguarding in Sport Award you will be able to explain, devise and reflect on:
Strategies to influence and secure the support of individuals within your organisation to promote safeguarding.
Engaging external stakeholders
Methods to engage with external stakeholders and partners to develop an effective safeguarding culture.
Developing policies and procedures
The process of developing and implementing effective safeguarding policies and procedures.
Identifying and managing risks
How to effectively identify and manage safeguarding risks.
Approaches to safeguarding concerns
Approaches to identifying, reporting and managing safeguarding concerns.
Developing professional skills
The development of your professional and transferable skills.
Watch the video below which explains how safeguarding is everybody’s responsibility. It’s up to us!
FIFA Guardians™ Safeguarding Essentials
Are you involved in sport in a voluntary or paid role either for a National Federation, a club, or as a safeguarding officer, a coach, manager, referee or through another important role such as a physiotherapist or medic? Then this short course is designed to support people like you. The course is divided into three 30-minute sessions for you to study at your own pace.
This course is free and open to everyone. If you want to earn a FIFA Certificate and/or Open University Digital Badges for your learning, you’ll need to enrol by clicking the ‘Get started’ button below.
FIFA Guardians™ Starting Your Safeguarding Journey
Course 2 supports those who are new to their safeguarding role or wish to build on their knowledge. It is approximately 12 hours of online learning. Course 2 explores key safeguarding principles and includes:
- building support for your early work in safeguarding
- assessing and prioritising safeguarding risks
- developing your organisation’s safeguarding policy, procedures and guidance
- safeguarding reporting and your organisation’s response to concerns.
This course is free and open to everyone. It is strongly recommended that you complete Course 1 before starting Course 2 since it builds on the ideas developed in the FIFA Guardians Safeguarding Essentials (Course 1). If you want to earn a FIFA certificate and/or Open University digital badge for your learning, you’ll need to enrol by clicking the ‘Get started’ button below.
Three more courses
There are three other courses that will be added to this website in the coming months; these will complete the FIFA Guardians Safeguarding in Sport Award pathway. The next course, Course 3, will be available in September 2022. This course will take 30 hours to complete. You will automatically be alerted by email when this course becomes available, unless you opt out of this notification when you enrol on Course 1.