Safeguarding: make the most of off-season opportunities

Wed 3 Oct 2018

BaseballSoftballUK Safeguarding Officer Mark Caress writes:

With the 2018 outdoor softball and baseball season pretty much finished, now is the ideal time for managers, coaches and captains to get some of their safeguarding admin out of the way so you know you'll be ready for 2019. 

This can help to avoid the pre-season madness of trying to get everything done just before games begin.

Below are some of the basic things you can do now.

DBS checks

With new safeguarding requirements now in place (full details can be found here), planning ahead will give coaches more time to complete DBS forms.

DBS checks are valid for a year, so why not complete them now (at the end of the season) so they'll be good until the end of next year’s season?

BaseballSoftballUK can supply and process all your DBS requirements.  Contact Mark Caress or ring 020-7453-7055 for more information.

Safeguarding training

Under new safeguarding requirements that came into force this year, coaches or Safeguarding Officers at your club or team may be required to undertake training.

If your coaches start their online safeguarding courses now, they'll have nearly six months to complete them, rather than your having to push them to finish courses in a couple of weeks just before the start of next season.

BaseballSoftballUK has secured a deal with online training experts Educare and can provide suitable training for coaches at a cost of just £35 per person.  Courses can be completed from home, and are a fully-flexible solution to getting appropriate safeguarding training.  BSUK has already helped over 100 coaches get trained in this way.

The Educare training is ideal for coaches who have no previous safeguarding training, or for those renewing an expired certificate.

To sign up for an Educare course please click here and scroll down to the registration form. 

BaseballSoftballUK is also able to run the NSPCC’s ‘Time to Listen' course specifically for baseball and softball clubs and leagues who want to get a Safeguarding Officer trained. 

BSUK is committed to providing appropriate safeguarding training to clubs and leagues, so if you require a ‘Time to Listen’ course, please email to arrange one. 

Alternatively, contact Mark Caress or ring 020-7453-7055 for more information.

Let us know who is on your team!

As part of our safeguarding requirements, BaseballSoftballUK needs to know who your coaches are and what training they have had.  To make this process quick and easy we have devised a short form to capture this information.

Please click here to access the form.  Clubs with multiple youth teams may need to use the form twice to capture all the details required.

BaseballSoftballUK holds these details in the strictest of confidence and will only use them for safeguarding purposes.

Website information

A large amount of information on safeguarding is available on the BaseballSoftballUK website.  This includes safeguarding policies for both sports and comprehensive advice on dealing with concerns.  Click here for details.

Our team is here to help, so if you have any concerns or questions please get in touch.  The office is staffed daily (020-7453-7055) and we are available by email at

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