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Garforth Phoenix Badminton Club - Child Protection Policy

This policy applies to Garforth Phoenix Badminton Club (herein after known as G.P) who have children in their club and/or provide junior coaching.

The purpose of this policy:

to protect children and young people who play badminton at G.P Badminton Club or who are coached.

to provide club members and coaches with the overarching principles that guide our approach to child protection.

G.P believes that a child or young person should never experience abuse of any kind. We have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and young people and to keep them safe. We are committed to practice in a way that protects them.

We recognise that:

the welfare of the child/young person is paramount

all children, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity, have the right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse

working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting young peopleís welfare.

We will seek to keep children and young people safe by:

valuing them, listening to and respecting them

adopting child protection practices through procedures and a code of conduct for club members and coaches

providing a leader in each club and coaching group with adequate support and training

ensuring all leaders and coaches are adequately checked

sharing information about child protection and good practice with children, parents and club members

sharing concerns with agencies who need to know, and involving parents and children appropriately.

We are committed to reviewing our policy and good practice annually.

This policy was last reviewed . May 2012

Garforth Phoenix behaviour code

This behaviour code outlines the conduct expected of club members and coaches from GP.

It has been informed by the views of children and young people.

Purpose

Following this code will help to protect children from abuse and inappropriate behaviour from adults. It will also help club members and coaches to maintain the standard of behaviour expected of them and will reduce the possibility of unfounded allegations of abuse being made against them.

Upholding this code of behaviour

All club members and coaches are expected to report any breaches of this code to Jemma Edwards  under the whistle-blowing procedure or, if necessary, under child protection procedures.

Club members and coaches who breach this code of behaviour may be subject to expulsion from the Club Name. Serious breaches may also result in a referral being made to a statutory agency such as the police, the local authority childrenís social care department and/or the Independent Safeguarding Authority.

The club members and coaches

When in contact with children and young people for GP, all club members and coaches are acting in a position of trust. It is important that they are aware that they may be seen as role models by children and young people and must act in an appropriate manner at all times.

When working with children and young people, it is important to: operate within GPís principles and guidance and any specific procedures follow the GPís child protection policy and procedures at all times

listen to and respect children at all times

avoid favouritism

treat children and young people fairly and without prejudice or discrimination

ensure any contact with children and young people is appropriate

always ensure language is appropriate and not offensive or discriminatory

follow the ICT safety policy and report any breaches

always ensure equipment is used safely and for its intended purpose

provide examples of good conduct you wish children and young people to follow

challenge unacceptable behaviour and report all allegations/suspicions of abuse

ensure that whenever possible, there is more than one adult present during activities with children and young people or if this isnít possible, that you are within sight or hearing of other adults

be close to where others are working. If a child specifically asks for or needs some private time with you, ensure other staff should know where you and the child are

respect a young personís right to personal privacy

encourage young people and adults to feel comfortable and caring enough to point out attitudes or behaviour they do not like

recognise that special caution is required when you are discussing sensitive issues with children or young people.

You must not:

patronise or treat children and young people as if they are silly

allow allegations to go unreported

develop inappropriate relationships such as contact with children and young people that is not a part of the work of GP or agreed with the manager or leader

conduct a sexual relationship with a child or young person or indulge in any form of sexual contact with a child or young person. Any such behaviour between an adult member of staff or volunteer and a child or young person using the services of GP represents a serious breach of trust on the part of the staff member or volunteer and is not acceptable under any circumstances

let children and young people have your personal contact details (mobile number or address)

make sarcastic, insensitive, derogatory or sexually suggestive comments or gestures to or in front of children and young people

act in a way that can be perceived as threatening or intrusive

make inappropriate promises to children and young people, particularly in relation to confidentiality

jump to conclusions about others without checking facts

either exaggerate or trivialise child abuse issues

rely on your reputation or that of the organisation to protect you

take unnecessary risks when common sense, policy or practice suggests a more prudent approach

adopt an attitude of complacency with regard to your own conduct.

 

    

 

 
 

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