Important Changes to DBS Requirements and Eligibility (posted 31/05/2013)
The new DBS
eligibility requirement is linked to a person’s specific role and the
frequency and intensity in which they carry out that role. Therefore
coaches will no longer be required to hold a DBS Certificate (formerly
CRB) to meet the Canoe England Coach Update requirements, or to complete
BCU UKCC Level 2 qualification. Coaches may still be required to
undertake a DBS Check by their deployer in line with the type of
activities/ role they are carrying out. Read more
Coach Update & Self Assessment
The Canoe England Coach
Update scheme provides a service whereby Canoe England recognises your
qualifications as valid and updated. The benefits of this scheme
-Evidence for deployers, or customers that you are qualified and updated
- Your name being included on our register of qualified and updated coaches
- You can vote at Regional or Local Coaching Organiser elections
- You are authorised to run BCU Tests and Awards, for example the Star Awards
The concept of coach update is based on the BCU Coaching Service actively providing opportunities for personal development and encouraging all coaches to keep up to date with developments in our sport and indeed in general Sports coaching. Further to this, with sport and sports coaching receiving an increasingly public profile with moral, ethical, and social commitments, it is important that we can account for and verify the status of all coaches within the scheme.
The Coach Update process is the same for all of our Coaches, whether you hold ‘new’ or ‘old’ awards. There are four things you need to have to meet the update requirements:
1. Have a valid first aid certificate recorded on your Canoe England membership record:
All Coaches (except UKCC Level 1) need a first aid certificate recorded on their Canoe England membership record. Details of the First Aid training needed relevant to the coaching/leadership award held can be found here. A list of acceptable first aid awards is published on http://www.bcu.org.uk/coaching/first-aid/ . Please make sure your record is complete, and send us a copy of your latest first aid award if you are not sure!
2. Have completed the relevant Child Protection and Awareness requirements:
The standards for safeguarding and Protecting Children in Sport require that individuals involved with children or with responsibilities in our sport undertake Child Protect training. All coaches (except BCU UKCC Level 1) must complete the minimum requirement of a recognised basic awareness course, and have this recorded on their membership record. Effective from 31/12/2011
Download details of the requirements and recognised training
Click here for further information
3. Hold Full Comprehensive Membership of Canoe England
4. Be up-to-date with current best practice:
There are three ways in which you can evidence this (each being valid for a period of three years):
i. Attend a Coach Update Event (Click here to see our Calendar) These events are run throughout the regions aiming to provide quality learning support for coaches through the provision of appropriate learning systems, structures, resources, products and services. We are always looking for volunteers to help support these events, so if you feel you have something to contribute please contact the organisers as listed.
ii. Achieve a BCU Coaching or Leadership Qualification The completion of a new Coaching or Leadership qualification extends Coaches update status by a further three years. Most BCU Coaching and Leadership awards that are 2 days or more count. (Click here for a list of Qualficiations that meet this requirement)
iii. Complete a Self-Assessment Form - The self-assessment form provides you with an opportunity to evidence your coaching activity and any continual professional development that you may have completed during the three-year update cycle. (Click here for the form and more details).
Not sure if we recognise your qualifications? If you are not sure if we recognise your qualifications as valid and up-to-date please contact the coaching office and we can let you know. You can do this by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or 0845 370 9500.
Where individual membership has lapsed, BCU/SCA/WCA/CANI Coaching Service qualifications an be restored on the following basis:
1. If the membership is allowed to lapse for a period of less than 3 years the coach can reactivate qualifications by paying the current year’s membership plus a £15.00 administration fee and completing the coach update requirements pertaining at the time. For more information please refer to Section 3 above - Be up-to-date with current best practice.
2. If the lapsed period exceeds 3 years, the coach must pay the current years membership fee, a £15.00 administration fee, plus a £20.00 fee to cover revalidation. This will be in the form of an action plan plus a workshop or working alongside a course provider. (As deemed by their National Coaching Officer)*. Costs for workshops will be extra.
3. Due to the changes to the Coaching Scheme, re-instatement of Assessor status (A1 - A5) will not be given. Re-instatement of current assessor status (possibly at a lower level) would be re-activated on application via an agreed action plan and possible charge. A decision on an application for assessor re-instatement and any associated action plan would depend on the number of years of lapsed membership.
*(In order to complete this process the party concerned is advised to contact their Coaching Office to initiate the process).
Coaching qualifications are only valid whilst the member holds a current first aid award. For more information on First Aid please follow this link on First Aid requirements. A copy of your first aid certificate must be sent in with your coach update or re-instatement application.
Click here to download a Reinstatement Form