I hope this message finds you all well and preparing for the “new normal” which will hopefully be with us sooner than later.
It has been a very unsettling and unprecedented time. However, we must look forward. The First Minister will conduct her briefing at 12:30pm on the 28th of May tomorrow. This may be when the lockdown restrictions begin to be lifted. But we must temper this with what it means for our sport and general boxing activity. We know it has been a very difficult time for everyone and must emphasise that the return to boxing has to be a measured one with all clubs working together with everyone’s safety in mind.
We have and are continuing to liaise with sportscotland and the Scottish Government to ensure that the information we give is the best we can give you and is approved by Government medics.
We anticipate the first of our guidance will be issued on or around Friday 29 May 2020 and will be focused on providing clear guidance on what clubs and individuals can and can’t do in line with the Scottish Government’s COVID-19 Route map through and sportscotland’s “PHASE 1 – Extension to Exercise; Outdoor Sport Guidance.”
We shall release all further information via our social media pages and website to ensure a phased and safe re-introduction of our sport.
Best wishes to you all during these hard times and I hope to see you soon.
We would like to take the opportunity to update our members with the virtual training that is currently available online and continues to be delivered during this unprecedented period.
Child Wellbeing and Protection in Sport and Child Wellbeing Officer virtual training courses have been developed to provide learners with the knowledge and skills required for their role as a coach in their sport. 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. The certification lasts three years.
This is an opportunistic time to either complete the training or update training.
Child Wellbeing and Protection in Sport workshop (Coaches)
16 years + who are in regulated work, delivering or leading sporting activities.
Module 1 must be completed before attending the Virtual workshop
eLearning module introducing 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-centred 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
An interactive face-to-face virtual training course lead by one of sportscotland’s approved tutors. Learners must complete both modules to gain the qualification and receive their certificate.
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 complex cases
The next virtual training dates are listed below;
Club Child Protection Officers
No pre-course training needs to be completed prior to attending the Child Protection Officer training. However, it is strongly recommended that CPWS is completed before completing the CPO training.
Further virtual dates can be found at the following link.
Costs may vary per workshop provider: i.e from £10-£20
The course organiser is responsible for issuing certificates to learners. Organisers must provide a list of attendees to sportscotland to enable the generation of the certificate. Please note certificates will only be generated when learner have completed Module 1 and 2.
If you have not received your certificate within 4 weeks, in the first instance check with the course organiser.
Mental health problems can affect anyone, at any time. We believe that mental health is everyone’s business.
So, for one week each May, we campaign around a specific theme for Mental Health Awareness Week.
Since our first Mental Health Awareness Week in 2001, we’ve raised awareness of topics like body image, stress and relationships.
The campaign reaches millions of people every year. This year, with your support, we want to reach more people than ever.
We have learnt that amid the fear, there is also community, support and hope.
The added benefit of helping others is that it is good for our own mental health and wellbeing. It can help reduce stress and improve your emotional wellbeing.
Beyond ourselves, our report reveals how inequality is rising in our society and its harmful effects on our health.
Life expectancy is falling for the poorest for the first time in 100 years. As child poverty rises, children and young people in the poorest parts of our country are two to three times more likely to experience poor mental health than those in the richest.
After the 2008 credit crunch, it was the most vulnerable in our communities who experienced the severest consequences of austerity, with devastating effects on their mental and physical health. This not the hallmark of a kind society.
We must not make the same mistakes after this pandemic.
Find out more information on why we have chosen Kindness as the theme for Mental Health Awareness Week.
Join us 18-24 May 2020 to tell us why kindness matters to you.
How can I get involved with Mental Health Awareness Week?
Join in online
We want to get the nation talking about kindness and mental health. By joining us online, Join Us you can even reach people from around the world.
Scottish Sport Marks IDAHOBIT 2020
Scottish sports community shows solidarity during International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia
In times of crisis, it is the most disadvantaged in our communities who struggle to be heard and for this year’s International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia we stand together as a Scottish sports community to make our voice heard and to speak up for the
rights of LGBTIQ+ people around the world. Sport may be on hold, but equality and human rights should not be, and solidarity is as important as ever during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We’ve been especially concerned about the shifting human rights situation during the COVID-19 crisis. In Hungary, we are seeing the Fidesz government make changes to the national registry, wielding new legal powers enabled in order to deal with the pandemic. This reformulation effectively makes legal gender recognition for trans and intersex people impossible, in contravention of EU and international human rights law. (Check out the ILGA-Europe twitter feed to see how you can add your voice to their ‘Drop-33’ campaign). In Turkey, increasing levels of hate speech culminated in the public vilification of LGBTI people and people living with HIV by high-level officials. The statements caused Members of the European Parliament to express their concerns to the Turkish President, noting that hate speech is not without its consequences.
Concerning shifts are not confined to countries with histories of less progressive equality and human rights. Activists in the UK have expressed concern about emerging narratives from UK Government Ministers and as recently as mid-April a speech by the Women & Equalities Minister received condemnation from activists, more of which is explored in this blog by Charlotte McCarroll.
Equality and human rights issues attract fewer headlines in times like this and laws gifting wider-ranging powers to governments are more easily implemented, this makes it harder to have a voice – #BreakingtheSilence is more important than ever.
We welcome that in Scotland, the Scottish Government has pledged to align their COVID-19 response with a ‘commitment to human rights, equality and social justice’ ( Coronavirus: framework for decision making ). There is a recognition that moving on from the pandemic will include key ingredients designed to tackle inequality, promote wellbeing and build cohesion and solidarity. “We will rebuild Scotland’s economy, overcoming inequality and advancing human wellbeing. We will work with Scotland’s communities to build cohesion and mutual support.” Sport has a role to play in this recovery too. Many of us in the sports community already know that sport can be as a force for good and has the power to make a change in the world.
For more details and examples of how you can use sport to promote equality and human rights for LGBTIQ+ people, check out the Outsport Toolkit, which we helped produce last year.