The Club's Child Protection Co-ordinator is:
Mr Harry Brown
Tel: 07864 545895
Child protection and good practice document - policy statement
Dunfermline Rugby Football Club recognizes that all those involved in the coaching or supervision of children associated with the club have a duty to safeguard the welfare of those children. This duty extends to the prevention of physical, sexual or emotional abuse of children associated with the Club and shall be applied regardless of a child's sex, race or religion.
A copy of the Child Protection and Good Practice document is available from the Club's Child Protection Co-ordinator.
The Coach - Athlete Relationship
Coaches - particularly of children - hold a powerful and unique leadership role, often carrying considerable authority and status. A closeness and mutual trust often accompany this role usually only held between parent and child. Coaches often unwittingly or wittingly assume this power and authority and occasionally this influence spills over into the child's personal life. One of the challenges coaches repeatedly face is how to manage this potential power and balance the responsible and safe boundary between coach and performer. The challenge to do this is exacerbated by the need for coaches to build high levels of trust from children - particularly those involved in elite performance - to encourage them to change their behaviour to develop the level of commitment required to achieve their potential.
Coaches of young children start by using their authority role to build a strong relationship or bond. Over time this hopefully positive influence can grow to be extremely strong and it is from this influence that trust grows.
Where trust is given, there exists the potential for the abuse and misuse of power by a coach. This may be as a result of thoughtlessness, negligence or occasionally wickedness. Even the passive abuse of power by a coach eg by questioning loyalty or commitment, may produce a dangerous level of conformity and emotional dependency in a child.
By seeking conformity and commitment to their own values and ideals, coaches may be exaggerating the need to conform at the price of the child's own personal development, self-determination and independence. All coaches should be able to recognize the negative consequences of the power they may hold and the trust placed in them by children and parents.
Procedures for coaches
All coaches shall comply with the Coaches Charter.
All new coaches/organizers will be made aware of the policy on Child Protection and Good Practice.
Coaches shall follow the guidelines issued on how to deal with the disclosure or suspicion of abuse.
Coaches shall know who their Club Child Protection Co-ordinator is.
All activities shall be planned to minimize situations in which abuse may occur.
The coaches shall observe the following guides to good practice.
Parents shall be encouraged to attend matches and coaching sessions and to accept responsibility for ensuring their child's safety.
A Good Conduct Guide for spectators and parents will be distributed with fixture list at the start of the session and to new members.
A current membership list or appropriate checklist shall be available at all activities.
An appropriate first aid kit will be on hand at all activities. (NB: coaches shall not attempt to treat injuries unless qualified to do so.)
An Incident Form shall always be on hand to record incidents that may have repercussions for the club, coach or player.
Whilst at coaching/home fixtures and travelling to away fixtures etc children will be kept under the closest supervision and when appropriate, a coach will be nominated to remain at the venue until all children have left or been accounted for.
Coaches shall not meet children away from the Rugby Club situation or meeting place without a parent or other adult being present.
Procedures to be followed by coaches where abuse is disclosed or suspected
Create a safe environment by:
Procedures to be followed by the club where abuse is disclosed or suspected
Police - 01383 318700
Child Protection Unit - 01383 312910
Standby Social Works (out of hours service) - Freephone via operator.
Extracted from NSPCC Booklet "Protecting Children - a guide for sportspeople"
|Types of abuse||Physical indicator||Behavioural indicator|
|Physical||Unexplained bruises, marks, injuries|
Bruises which reflect hand marks
|Fear of parent being contacted|
Aggressive or angry outburst
Fear of going home
Keeping arms/legs covered
Reluctance to change clothes
|Missing doctor/hospital appointments|
Truancy/late for school
Regularly alone and unsupervised
Sudden speech disorder
Unable to play/take part
Fear of making mistakes
Sudden speech disorders
Fear of parents being contacted
|Sexual||Pain/itching in genital area|
Bruising/bleeding in genital area
Sexually transmitted disease
|Sudden changes in behaviour|
Apparent fear of one person
Unexplained sources of money
Secrets which cannot be told to anyone
Advanced sexual knowledge
Behaving beyond their age
Not allowed to have friends
Sexually explicit behaviour
Telling about the abuse
Coaches must be aware that they are not Childcare professionals and that the procedures set down are to be followed immediately they suspect abuse to have taken place. It is the role of the professional childcare protection agencies to investigate.
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