A Code of Conduct is including in the resourse guide provided during the course.
Here are some pre-course tasks you could complete.
When designing a code of conduct there are four important people to consider:
- The Coaches Code of conduct.
- Parent's/Guardian's/Carer's Code of Conduct
- The player's Code of Conduct
- The spectator's Code of Conduct
Visit the English F.A Website and read their code of conduct
- Which of the ten laws are targeted at Coaches
- Which of the ten laws are targeted at Parent's/Guardian's/Carer's
- Which of the ten laws are targeted at the Player's
- Which of the ten laws are targeted at the Spectator's
- Can you think of any more Codes for Conduct
- Write your own Code of Conduct
Visit the English F.A. Website and read their pages on Football Safe
The wesite offers a guide for people involved in the coaching, management and development of football within the club environment. It should be read by volunteers, parents and professionals alike, and in particular by new coaches. In it, you are introduced to the concept of child abuse in sport, in all its forms, and are given ways of both recognising warning signs and acting on concerns.
Abuse is a powerful and emotive term. Child abuse is a term used to describe ways in which children are harmed, usually by adults, and often by those they know and trust. The coach often holds this trust and may be at risk of mis-using their power over young players.
It is widely recognised that there are four main areas of abuse of which coaches and volunteers should be aware:
In general terms, emotional abuse occurs when adults persistently fail to show children due care, love or affection, where a child may be constantly shouted at, or threatened or subjected to sarcasm and unrealistic pressures.
In general terms, neglect as a form of abuse occurs when a child's essential needs for food, warmth and care fail to be met.
In general terms, this occurs when adults, or even children, deliberately inflict injuries on a child, or knowingly do not prevent such injuries.
It occurs when an adult gives children alcohol, or inappropriate drugs, or fails to supervise their access to these substances.
In genearl terms, girls and boys are abused by adults, both male and female, who use children to meet their own sexual needs.
Safeguarding the welfare of our young players is paramount. As coaches and volunteers, we have a moral, and possibly a legal, responsibility to provide the highest possible standard of care when we welcome people into the game of football.
Visit the FA website and become familiar with ways in which your club can:
- Understand what child abuse means
- Ensure good practice in the coaching of young players
- Provide a safe environment for young people
- Recognise abuse and provide a structure to deal sympathetically with concerns.