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It is important that parents/carers and clubs/coaches recognise the importance of safeguarding and protecting children.

Codes of Conduct

Codes of conduct play an important role for both parents/carers and clubs/coaches to ensure both are fully supporting the development and enjoyment of young people taking part in sport.

Example codes of conduct can be downloaded using the links below:

Similarly all SPHW employees and volunteers have a code of conduct to behave in accordance with. This can be downloaded using the link below.

Safer Recruitment

Anyone undertaking a role that involves contact with or responsibility for children (or other vulnerable groups) should be taken through a safer recruitment process.

Key parts of a safe-recruitment procedure include:

  • writing a clear job or role description (what tasks will be involved)
  • also writing a person specification (what experience or attributes the successful candidate needs in order to carry out the role)
  • creating an advertisement for the post
  • using an application form to gather relevant information about each applicant
  • requiring specific written references
  • interviewing the applicant
  • for eligible posts, undertaking a criminal records check:
    • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) – England and Wales
    • Disclosure Scotland – Scotland
    • AccessNI – Northern Ireland
  • risk assessment of any concerning information
  • verifying qualifications and experience
  • recording recruitment decision
  • induction to the role (including safeguarding policies and procedures, safeguarding training, sign up to Code of Conduct)
  • probationary period

In some instances, you may feel that it is not practical to include all these steps in a recruitment process, but you are strongly recommended to build in as many elements as you can.

Details of SPHW safer recruitment can be found in our full safeguarding policy.