Advice for parents, clubs and coaches

It is important that parents/carers and clubs/coaches recognise the importance of safeguarding and protecting children.

Codes of Conduct

Codes of conduct play an important role for both parents/carers and clubs/coaches to ensure both are fully supporting the development and enjoyment of young people taking part in sport.

Example codes of conduct can be downloaded using the links below:

Similarly all SPHW employees and volunteers have a code of conduct to behave in accordance with. This can be downloaded using the link below.

Safer Recruitment

Anyone undertaking a role that involves contact with or responsibility for children (or other vulnerable groups) should be taken through a safer recruitment process.

Key parts of a safe-recruitment procedure include:

  • writing a clear job or role description (what tasks will be involved)
  • also writing a person specification (what experience or attributes the successful candidate needs in order to carry out the role)
  • creating an advertisement for the post
  • using an application form to gather relevant information about each applicant
  • requiring specific written references
  • interviewing the applicant
  • for eligible posts, undertaking a criminal records check:
    • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) – England and Wales
    • Disclosure Scotland – Scotland
    • AccessNI – Northern Ireland
  • risk assessment of any concerning information
  • verifying qualifications and experience
  • recording recruitment decision
  • induction to the role (including safeguarding policies and procedures, safeguarding training, sign up to Code of Conduct)
  • probationary period

In some instances, you may feel that it is not practical to include all these steps in a recruitment process, but you are strongly recommended to build in as many elements as you can.

Details of SPHW safer recruitment can be found in our full safeguarding policy.

Safeguarding for Clubs

There are a wide range of resources available to help your club ensure that it has the correct policies and procedures in place to make sure that children, young people and adults at risk are protected whilst taking part in activities.