The Coaches Code of Conduct is designed to support the club’s child protection policies. It works in conjunction with the club procedures and British Gymnastics coaching guidelines. It exists to promote a safe and enjoyable gymnastics experience for the members of Recoil Trampoline Club.
Protecting the Rights of the Participant
Coaches must respect and champion the rights of every individual to participate in trampolining. This includes:
- Providing an environment in which children are free from fear or harassment
- Recognising the rights of participants to be treated as individuals
- Encouraging participants to confer with other coaches if the need arises, and encouraging them to move on as their ability increases, even if this means moving to a new coach
- Promoting the concept of a well balanced lifestyle for participants both within and outside of trampolining
The Relationship with the Participant
Coaches must develop a relationship with the children in their care based on openness, honesty, mutual trust, and respect. This includes:
- Always being publicly open when working with children. Situations where a coach is working alone and unobserved with an individual should be avoided
- Taking care when providing manual support, only BG advised techniques for spotting and
- handling should be used
- If a group of participants need to be supervised in the changing rooms coaches should supervise in pairs
- Coaches should never take a member home with them, or to any other secluded place.
- Similarly, coaches should avoid transporting members, or where the need arises explicit
- permission from the parent/guardian should be sought and the coach should try to take more than one child and where possible another adult
- Never engaging in rough or sexually provocative games
- Never making suggestive remarks to a member – even in fun
- Do things of a personal nature for a child that they can do for themselves, this includes assisting them in changing rooms or toilets
- Sharing a bedroom with an individual member on overnight excursions – in this instance
- coaches should supervise in pairs where possible supervising groups of children
- The coach should at all times be concerned for the safety, well-being, protection and future of the participant
Responsibilities – Personal Standards
- Coaches must demonstrate proper personal behaviour and conduct at all times.
- Whilst representing the club coaches should wear club uniform and be of a clean and tidy appearance
- Coaches should maintain good time keeping
- Coaches should attend the whole training session including warm-up & cool-down periods
Responsibilities – Professional Standards
To maximise benefits and minimise the risks to participants, coaches must attain a high level of competence through qualifications and a commitment to ongoing training that ensures safe and correct practice. This includes:
- Coaches have a professional obligation to the members to treat all allegations or suspicions of abuse seriously and with the utmost discretion. The first point of contact for any matters relating to this are one of the club Child Protection and Welfares officer Debbie Fountain alternatively coaches can raise their concerns with their mentor or head coach
- Coaches should not publicly criticise fellow coaches or other clubs in any branch of the media or Social Media or to club members or parents
- Any conflict between coaches should take place in private, not in front of members. Any disagreements that cannot be satisfactorily resolved through discussion and compromise should be reported to the head coach at the first available opportunity
- All matters concerning the business of the trampoline club should be kept confidential at all times
- Coaches must not divulge any confidential information relating to a member, or fellow coach to any third party without the explicit permission of that person or their parent/guardian
- All coaches have a professional duty of care that includes a responsibility to ensure all equipment is safe to use, suitable for the purpose of the exercise and appropriate for the ability level of the members participating.
- Coaches must discourage unsafe and inappropriate behaviour at all times, and are obliged to follow guidelines in the disciplinary policy when dealing with any incidents
- For the comfort of all coaches and members equipment should be stored safely and in the appropriate places after every session and rubbish placed in the bins provided.
Drugs, Alcohol & Criminal Convictions
- The use or possession of drugs or alcohol, or being under the influence of drugs or alcohol while on the premises is strictly prohibited, and any person breaking this rule will be evicted from the premises immediately.