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.
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.