Expected Behaviour and Code of Conduct

Promoting Good Practice with Children and Vulnerable Adults

Abuse of children and vulnerable adults can arouse strong emotions in those facing such a situation. It is important to understand these feelings and not allow them to interfere with the judgement about any action to take. Abuse can occur within many situations including the home, school and the sporting environment. Some individuals will actively seek employment or voluntary work with children in order to harm them. A coach, instructor, official or volunteer may have regular contact with children and be an important link in identifying cases where the child needs protection. All suspicious cases or poor practice should be reported following guidelines in this document. When a child or vulnerable adult enters the club having been subjected to abuse outside the sporting environment, sport can play a crucial role in improving the individual’s self esteem.

Good Practice means:

Avoiding poor practice means you must never:

Any of these can leave you open to allegations.

Practical guidance on physical contact

As a responsible adult you should only use physical contact if its aim is to

You should seek to explain the reason for the physical contact to the child, i.e. explain in language they can understand. Unless the situation is an emergency, the adult should ask for permission. Physical contact should always be intended to meeting the child’s needs NOT the adult’s.

If a child becomes injured, and the injury requires the child to be carried to a place of treatment, always seek the support from another adult before moving the child. Any first aid administered should be in the presence of another adult or in open view of others.

Codes of conduct

The following codes of practice should be consulted:

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