Instructors - Code of Conduct for Parents
Help and advice from the Child Protection in Sport Unit
Here are some practical ways for your organisation to help safeguard the children and young people who take part in your activities:
Parents are expected to:
- Positively reinforce their child/young person and show an interest in their chosen activity.
- Do not place their young person under pressure or push them into activities they do not want to do.
- Complete and return the Health and Consent Form pertaining to their child's participation with “Name of Club”.
- Deliver and collect the child punctually to and from coaching sessions.
- Ensure their child is properly and adequately attired for the weather conditions of the time,
including shorts, shirt, socks, tracksuit, sweat-tops, hat, gloves, Gi, Obi, Bogu, Gum Shields etc…
- Ensure that proper footwear and protective equipment are worn at ALL times in accordance with Health and Safety Regulations. Any child not in possession of the fundamental requirements will not be permitted to participate.
- Detail any health concerns pertaining to the child on the consent form, in particular breathing or chest conditions. Any changes in the state of the child's health should be reported to the coach prior to coaching sessions.
- To inform the coach prior to departure if child is to be collected early from a coaching session.
- Encourage their child to play by the rules and teach them that they can only do their best
- Behave responsibly on the sidelines, do not embarrass your child.
- Show appreciation and support the coach
- Ensure their child is punctual
- Be realistic and supportive.
- Provide their child with proper clothing and equipment.
- Ensure their child’s hygiene and nutritional needs are met.
- Accept the official’s judgement.
- Acknowledge the importance and role of the club coaches who provide their time free to ensure children’s participation in the club.
- Promote their child’s participation in playing sport for fun.
Parents/Guardians have the right to:
- Know their child is safe
- Be informed of problems or concerns relating to their children
- Be informed if their child is injured
- Have their consent sought for issues such as trips
- Contribute to decisions within the club
- Complain if they have concerns about the standard of coaching
Any misdemeanours and breach of this code of conduct will be dealt with immediately by a “Name of Club” official. Persistent concerns or breaches will result in the parent/guardian being asked not to attend sessions if their attendance is detrimental to the child’s welfare.
The ultimate action should a parent/guardian continue to breach the code of behaviour may mean the “Name of Club” officials regrettably asking the child to leave the club.
Signature of Parent/Guardian
Printed name of Parent/Guardian