Teenagers studying sport at MidKent College’s Maidstone Campus attended a one-day workshop focused on safeguarding children in football.
19 learners took part in the Kent Football Association funded course, run by guest tutor Geoff Stanborough and designed for those who wish to referee or coach children’s football within the community.
Mr Stanborough said: “The course examines why it is important for the sporting industry to take responsibility for safeguarding young people. The students identify best practice in community football groups and look at what child and parent behaviours might provide cause for concern.
“There are four million children and young people involved in youth football. We have a moral and legal responsibility - as outlined in the Every Child Matters agenda - to keep them safe.”
College sports development student Scott Andrews said: “We discussed a number of things to consider when working with children, such as whether they can be photographed and how best to deal with injuries.
“It was very interesting. I might consider working with children in the future and this course will help me to do that.”
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