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Useful Links & Resources


All coaches should hold an Enhanced DBS (Child Workforce). We also highly recommend all coaches undergo certified safeguarding training.

UK Coaching – CPD certified safeguarding training

NSPCC – CPD certified safeguarding training

Squad Safe – CPD certified safeguarding training

Safeguarding Today – CPD certified safeguarding training


We highly recommend all clubs appoint a Safeguarding Officer/Lead and that they receive additional safeguarding training on handling case management.

CPSU courses for Welfare Leads

NSPCC Designated Safeguarding Officer training course

Safeguarding Today Designated Safeguarding Officer training course


Unfortunately, SportCheer England doesn't yet have the staffing capacity to be able to offer DBS checks, however, here is a list of organisations and companies used by cheerleading clubs in England that have been recommended by them:

• Many clubs used their local council as an umbrella organisation to run check for them. Not all councils offer this service, but it's worth asking. If your council has a sports department, we suggest contacting them directly.

• If you go to the Gov. website you should be able to search for an Umberella Company that can do you an enhanced DBS check for you. There will be some cost, but this is usually reduced for volunteers.

• CareCheck was the most popular recommendation from English clubs

• Other popular recommendations were:

Sport England

Resources and information on sport specific safeguarding

UK Coaching

Resources and tools for effective, positive coaching

Sport and Recreation Alliance

Tick list for Child Protection Policy content

NSPCC Sports Unit (CPSU)

Resources and information on sport specific safeguarding (including their sport specific online training course)

NSPCC resources on a range of topics such as bullying, sexual abuse, trafficking, mental health, neglect etc

I Coach Kids

Resources on child protection and broader child centred topics such as motivating children in sport and child development

Save The Children

Downloadable fact sheets on a range of topics

Ann Craft Trust

Adult safeguarding resources and training

Squad Safe

CPD accredited safeguarding training specifically designed for Cheerleading


Information and resources created for young people

Citizens Advice

Easy to understand guide to who you should report to in what circumstances


To talk about anything that is upsetting you, you can contact Samaritans 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can call 116 123 (free from any phone), email or visit some branches in person. You can also call the Welsh Language Line on 0300 123 3011 (7pm–11pm every day).


If you’re experiencing a mental health problem or supporting someone else, you can call SANEline on 0300 304 7000 (4.30pm–10.30pm every day).

The Mix

If you’re under 25, you can call The Mix on 0808 808 4994 (Sunday-Friday 2pm–11pm), request support by email using the form on The Mix website or use their crisis text messenger service.


If you’re under 35 and struggling with suicidal feelings, or concerned about a young person who might be struggling, you can call Papyrus HOPELINEUK on 0800 068 4141 (weekdays 10am-10pm, weekends 2pm-10pm and bank holidays 2pm–10pm), email or text 07786 209 697.

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)

You can call the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) on 0800 58 58 58 (5pm–midnight every day) or use their webchat service.


If you’re a student, you can look on the Nightline website to see if your university or college offers a night-time listening service. Nightline phone operators are all students too.


If you identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, you can call Switchboard on 0300 330 0630 (10am–10pm every day), email or use their webchat service. Phone operators all identify as LGBT+.

Victim Support Available 24hours per day for anyone who has been a victim of a crime 0808 168 9111

Survivors UK

Solace Womens Aid

Survivors Gateway

NHS Rape and Sexual Assault Referral

The Survivors Trust

Rape Crisis

Rape Crisis national Freephone helpline on 0808 802 9999 (12-2.30pm and 7-9.30pm every day of the year

the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

Counselling Directory


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