Code of Conduct for Coaches/Volunteers

Coaches/volunteers are expected to:

  • Ensure the safety of all children by careful supervision, proper pre-planning of coaching sessions, using safe methods at all times.
  • Actively encourage all children and not to discriminate on the grounds of religious beliefs, race, gender, social classes or lack of ability.
  • Not allow any rough or dangerous play, bullying, or the use of bad language or inappropriate behaviour.
  • Always be positive and to promote the objectives of the club at all times.
  • Not let any allegations of abuse of any kind to go unchallenged or unrecorded if appropriate. Incidents and accidents to be recorded in the club incident/accident book.  Parents will be informed.
  • Report accidents or incidents of alleged abuse to the designated person.
  • Administer minor first aid in the presence of others and where required refer more serious incidents to the club "first aider"
  • Have access to telephone for immediate contact to emergency services if required.
  • Foster team work to ensure the safety of youth members in their care
  • Ensure the rights and responsibilities of youth members are enforced
  • Report suspected abuse to the appropriate designated officer
  • Not abuse members physically, emotionally or sexually
  • Maintain confidentiality about sensitive information
  • Be a role model (disciplined / committed / time keeping), remember children learn by example
  • Refrain from smoking and consumption of alcohol during club activities or coaching sessions
  • Protect themselves from false accusation by…
  • Not spending excessive amounts of time alone with children away from others
  • Avoid taking children alone in a car on journeys, however short
  • Never taking children to their home.
  • Not administering First Aid involving the removing of children’s clothing unless in the presence of others.

Coaches/Volunteers have a right to:

  • Access ongoing training and information on all aspects of leading / managing activities for youths, particularly on child protection
  • Support in the reporting of suspected abuse
  • Access to professional support services
  • Fair and equitable treatment by the Governing Body
  • Be protected from abuse by children / youths, other adult members and parents
  • Not to be left vulnerable when working with children

 

Any misdemeanours and general misbehaviour will be dealt with immediately and reported verbally to the designated person.  Persistent breach of the code will result in dismissal from the club.

Dismissals can be appealed by the coach / volunteer with final decisions taken by the club committee.