BURNTISLAND SHIPYARD AFC
CODE OF CONDUCT FOR SAFEGUARDING YOUNG PLAYER’S WELLBEING
This Code of Conduct details the standards and practice required by all [organisation name] members of staff and volunteers including verbal and non-verbal actions when leading activities with young players. For the purposes of Young Player’s Wellbeing and Protection, we include all activities within Burntisland Shipyard Amateur Football Club with young people under the ages of 18 years old.
All concerns about breach of this Code of Conduct will be taken seriously and responded to in line with the [Organisation name] Responding to Concerns about the Conduct of an Adult and/or Disciplinary Procedures.
- Promote fair play.
- Treat all young players equally, with respect, dignity, sensitivity and fairness (Article 2, UNCRC).
- Build balanced relationships based on mutual trust.
- Put the wellbeing and best interests of each young player first (Article 3, UNCRC).
- Support young players to understand their rights in football and procedures in place to protect them.
- Include young players in decisions and activities affecting them wherever possible, respecting and taking seriously the views they contribute (Article 12, UNCRC).
- Always work in an open environment, wherever possible.
- Give enthusiastic and constructive feedback rather than negative criticism.
- Recognise the developmental needs and capacity of young players.
- Involve parents/carers wherever relevant.
PRACTICE TO BE AVOIDED
In the context of your role within [organisation name], the following practice should be avoided:
- Having ‘favourites’ – this could lead to resentment and jealousy by others and could be misinterpreted.
- Spending excessive amounts of time alone with young players away from others.
- Excessive training and competition, pushing young players against their will and placing undue pressure.
In the context of your role within [organisation name], the following practices are unacceptable:
- Failing to act on, record or acknowledge allegations or concerns raised by a young player.
- Allowing bullying behaviour in any form between young players to go on unchallenged.
- Displaying bullying behaviour or making inappropriate comments to a young player causing emotional harm.
- Engaging in sexually provocative games, including horseplay or touching a young player in a sexually suggestive manner.
- Making sexually suggestive comments to a young player, even in fun.
- Forming intimate emotional, physical or sexual relationships with a young player.
- Establishing inappropriate contact with young players via social media either online or on mobile phones.
- Reducing a young player to tears as a form of control.
- Inviting or allowing young players to stay with you at your home.
- Sharing a room alone with a young player.
I have read and agree to abide by this Code of Conduct.
I have also read and agree to abide by [organisation name]’s Young Player’s Wellbeing and Protection in Scottish Football Policies, Procedures and Safeguards.
Burntisland Shipyard AFC August 2017