Child Wellbeing and Protection in Sport Training (CWPS)

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Quick learners guide to completing CWPS training

Learners' guidance

Child Wellbeing and Protection in Sport (CWPS) supersedes the previous Safeguarding and Protecting Children (SPC) course.  The training will provide you with the knowledge on child wellbeing and protection that will give you the confidence to deal with issues that may arise in your role working with children. 

Suitable for: 

16 years + who are in regulated work, delivering or leading sporting activities.

Module 1: 

eLearning module introduces you to the basic theory, knowledge and practice which underpins child wellbeing and protection in sport. On average it should take around 30 minutes to complete the module and you MUST complete this module before attending Module 2. 

By the end of module 1 learners will be able to:

  • Understand what is meant by ‘child wellbeing and protection’
  • Recognise the value of a child-centered approach to child wellbeing and protection
  • Identify good practice in relation to child wellbeing and protection and how this impacts the sports environment
  • Recognise the legislative and policy framework around child wellbeing and protection
  • Identify and respond to possible child wellbeing or protection concerns
  • Identify the limits of your safeguarding role and know when to get support

Module 2:

A 3 hour face-to-face training course lead by one of sportscotland’s approved tutors.  Learners must complete both modules to gain the qualification and receive their certificate.  Due to COVID19 restrictions Module 2 can be delivered virtually.  The Approved Tutor List indicates which tutors are able to deliver virtually.

By the end of module 2 learners will:

  • Be introduced to the Spectrum of Practice and use it to consider, evaluate and respond to common coaching scenarios
  • Receive an introduction to the factors that create a culture of poor practice
  • Identify barriers to disclosure
  • Cover the process for responding to concerns
  • Put the responding to concerns process into practice to deal with serval complex cases

Access to module 1: Brightspace

sportscotland has recently developed a new registration and certification process using a virtual learning environment – “Brightspace”.

When you book onto a CWPS course through your course organiser you will then be given access to Brightspace. This is where you will complete module 1. When using Brightspace this can only be accessed on Chrome /Safari/Firefox/Edge browsers. Internet explorer or Legacy edge browsers are no longer supported.


Once a Learner has completed Module 1, attended Module 2 and the Tutor has recorded their attendance, their certificate will be released and available on their Brightspace homepage

Frequently asked questions

In April 2019 Child Wellbeing and Protection in Sport (CWPS) training resource replaced the UK Coaching Safeguarding and Protecting Children workshop (SPC). CWPS was developed in partnership with Children 1st and now takes a blended learning approach.  This now includes an online module (module 1) which is theory-based followed by a face-to-face learning intervention (module 2). This is suitable for all adults involved in sports organisations that have under 18 participants.  It is targeted at all practitioners e.g. all coaches and volunteers working and volunteering directly with children and young people.

Alongside this training resource there are other role specific training for Child Wellbeing and Protection Officers and awareness resource for Board and Committee members.

CWPS Module 1 is accessed via sportscotland virtual learning platform - Brightspace. For full instructions on how to register, access Brightspace and receive your certificate, please refer to the course organiser and learner's guide on our website.

Brightspace is compatible on android and/or desktop but only on Chrome, Firefox, Edge (not Internet Explorer or Legacy Edge). You can also download the Brightspace Pulse app to your phone/tablet so you have easy access to Brightspace.

Make sure you are using the same email address when registering for the course and the CWPS training course will appear on your homepage.

Typically, it will take 30 minutes but can be done on multiple sessions.  There is key information you will need to be able to successfully complete Module 2.

Ideally the learner should complete Module 1 at least 2 weeks before Module 2 (or longer). It gives the learner time to reflect and digest the information in Module 1 before attending Module 2.

When you complete Module 1, Module 2 course will appear on your Brightspace homepage. The link to the virtual classroom will be on the Welcome page. When the time comes to attend Module 2 (virtual classroom) then click on this link and the Tutor will admit you to the meeting.

The tutor will advise the learner who hasn’t completed Module 1 to complete asap after Module 2 but can stay to complete Module 2. The learner must then complete Module 1 (and module 2 quiz) so that they can receive their certificate.


There is no pass and fail but the learner won’t be able to click through the sections and not answer the quizzes. They won’t be able to move on until they select the right answer.

The first part of Module 2 will check understanding of the information covered in Module 1. However, learners will struggle to make sense of the terminology used in Module 2 if they cheated. They may therefore fail to meet the learning outcomes and a certificate will not be awarded.

Make sure you have completed the end of course survey that can be found on your Brightspace course home page. Once this is completed it will release your certificate and you can download from “My Brightspace” / “Award” on the blue ribbon.

If you are having problems with Brightspace then there is technical support available for you. The Support Portal is available on the initial log in screen, home page and course home page.  If you are unable to login and have tried resetting your password please access the Support Portal to open a chat or send an email and one of the support team will assist you.

Yes, you can bulk upload your register on a spreadsheet and share this with sportscotland on OneDrive. OneDrive is a secure place to share names and email addresses of learners.  sportscotland will give you access to this shared folder.  You must complete details of learners on the bulk upload spreadsheet and return via One Drive at least 2 weeks prior to the course start date.   Include the name of course tutor in the bulk upload as “Facilitator”. Then Confirm that the upload is completed by emailing

No additional costs to the training organisers and all eLearning resources will sit on sportscotland’s digital platforms. There is no need to purchase any accompanying resource. Tutor costs remain the same at £35/hour plus travel expenses at 0.28p/mile. Due to COVID-19 restrictions this training can be delivered virtually, therefore reducing the travel cost of Tutors.

Learners will have to renew their CWPS training every 3 years. For example, if a candidate completes Module 1 and 2 in April 2021 then by March 2024, they must complete a refresher Module (currently under development) and at least one of the online topics. This is valid for another 3 years. Then in April 2028 they repeat module 1 and 2 of CWPS again. The process is repeated thereafter.

These Modules are still under development, but will all be accessed on-line. They have been identified through the Safeguarding survey and via the Standards. These modules will take approximately 45 - 60 mins to complete. The examples of these topics are:

  • Mental health
  • PVG
  • Social Media
  • Dealing with a concern
  • Anti-bullying
  • Trips away
  • Self-harm and Eating disorders
  • Protected adults

All CWPOs will have to complete both module 1 and 2 of CWPS. They will then have to complete the Child Wellbeing and Protection Officer Training (CWPO) specifically for this role. The CWPOs can also complete the online renewal Modules. 

You can see available course on our ‘upcoming courses’ If you would like to arrange your own CWPO training session, you can do so through the Child Wellbeing & Protection in Sport team at Children 1st on

There are other training resources available that provide the required knowledge and skills for individuals role within child wellbeing and protection.  The resources provide awareness for the limited contact workforce such as, board members, committee members, club secretaries etc., or anyone who is in a non-coaching role. Also CWPS can be adapted for leisure centre staff, lifeguards etc. but please check first with your course organiser and/or tutor.

CWPS training is suitable for 16 years and over. There is a specific training resource available for 13 – 16-year-olds who are in a coaching or volunteer role.

All Tutors who are on the sportscotland approved tutor list will be invited to attend a tutor orientation day. To remain approved, the tutor must have shadowed and co-tutored with an experienced tutor and then signed off by the National Trainer for CWPS before they start delivering on their own. They then must attend regular CWPS tutor updates throughout the year to stay on the approved list. There are a few tutors who have been training to deliver this resource virtually. This is indicated on the Approved Tutor list and only Tutors who have gone through the virtual training can deliver virtual training.

Every tutor must keep their tutoring skills up to date and access CPD either through their employer or through sportscotland sport educator CPD events. They also must attend a tutor update at least once a year to update them on the training content. There are also spot checks on tutors to ensure that they are being consistent in their delivery.

Yes, all CWPOs are required to complete both modules in CWPS before attending ‘CWPO training’ or your governing body equivalent. 

This will depend on your club setup and Governing Body (SGB).  Check with your SGB Safeguarding Officer/ or Children 1st for guidance on requirements.

Date published: 18 November 2019
Date updated: 31 March 2022


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