Codes of Conduct for Volunteers

The Highland Canicrossers volunteers that are involved in sport for children and young people have a great opportunity to be a positive role model and help build an individual’s
confidence.

Volunteers are expected to:
– Ensure the safety of all children by careful supervision,
– Consider the wellbeing and safety of participants
– Encourage and guide participants to accept responsibility for their own performance and behaviour.
– Treat all young people equally and ensure they feel valued. Have no favourites.
– Encourage all children not to discriminate on the grounds of religious beliefs, race, gender, social classes or lack of ability.
– Not allow any rough or dangerous play, bullying, or the use of bad language or inappropriate behaviour.
– Appreciate the efforts of all young people and not over-train the young people. Never exert undue influence over performers to obtain personal benefit or reward.
– Be positive, approachable and offer praise to promote the objectives of Highland Canicrossers at all times.
– Not let any allegations of abuse of any kind to go unchallenged or unrecorded if appropriate. Incidents and accidents to be recorded in Highland Canicrossers incident/accident book.
Parents will be informed.
– Report accidents or incidents of alleged abuse or poor practice to the designated person.
– Administer minor first aid in the presence of others and where required refer more serious incidents to the club “first aider”.
– Have access to telephone for immediate contact to emergency services if required.
– Maintain confidentiality about sensitive information.
– Respect and listen to the opinions of young people.
– Be a role model, displaying consistently high standard of behaviour and appearance (disciplined/committed/time keeping), remember children learn by example.
– Refrain from smoking and consumption of alcohol during club activities or coaching sessions.
– Never condone rule violations, rough play or the use of prohibited substances.
– not spending excessive amounts of time alone with children excluded in exceptional circumstances
– Not administering First Aid involving the removing of children’s clothing unless in the presence of others.
– Make the sport/activity fun.

Volunteers have the right to:
– Support in the reporting of suspected abuse.
– Fair and equitable treatment by the governing body/club.
– Be protected from abuse by children/youths, other adult members and parents.
– Not to be left vulnerable when working with children.

Any misdemeanours and general misbehaviour will be dealt with immediately and reported verbally to the designated person. Persistent breach of the code will result in dismissal from the club/sport.
Dismissals can be appealed by the coach/volunteer with final decisions taken by the club committee or referred to the governing body depending on the disciplinary procedures within the
sport.

Emergency action and first aid
Everyone should be aware of our First Aid Procedures. This will include:
– Access to First Aid equipment
– Telephone contact if the participant is a minor
– Telephone contact to the Emergency Services