Keeping Your Players Safe

HOW TO CREATE ENVIRONMENT THAT IS SAFE? SHOULD YOU INTRODUCE RULES AND POLICIES? WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

CREATING A SAFE ENVIRONMENT

Safety, welfare and enjoyment of young athletes should be a primary consideration during the planning, delivery and review of all activities happening in coaches supervision.

These are some of the key considerations one should build around when planning and delivering activities:

  • Health, safety and safeguarding risks should be identified and mitigated.
  • The nature and duration of the activity and the competence of staff involved.
  • Ensuring that training ground and equipment is in good standard for quality and security.
  • Procedures in place for dealing with challenging behaviour and bullying.
  • Emergency response procedures is in place.

Working together with other stakeholders is an vital priciple of safeguarding. Staff should consult with the respective governing body to ensure that safeguard- ing risks specific to each activity are fully considered and appropriately managed prior the delivery.

CODE OF CONDUCT

A code of conduct sets out what an acceptable standard of behaviour is thus it can help to promote good practice. Such standards of behaviour set a clear benchmark for everybody – so that they can understand what is acceptable and what is not.

There should be codes for everyone involved – parents, volunteers/staff, coaches and children. You should set out a clear guidance of the acceptable behaviour of children towards other children and appropriate procedures, including disciplinary measure, for dealing with any unacceptable behaviour.

Any code of conduct must make clear that discrimination or prejudice of any form is unacceptable, there is no place for it in our society or football.

POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

Review existing and if not in place initiate the need to develop clear and straightforward Club rules, policies and procedures regarding the safeguarding of young athletes.

  • Have clear professional boundaries within your Club
  • Make sure everyone is aware of and adheres to Club`s policies and procefures
  • Reiterate that doing nothing is not an option: safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.

MONITORING SYSTEM

Safeguarding policies and procedures have to be implemented right throughout the club.

It is no good having the perfect policy if it is not being applied. So checks are needed.

All incidents, allegations of abuse and complaints must be recorded and clubs should have arrangements in place to monitor compliance with child protection policy.

Remember, putting the right policies, protections and procedures in place can help make sure you keep children in sports safe.

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