Club Code Of Conduct

Dereham Runners A.C. is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all involved with the club, in whatever capacity, to share this commitment.   

As a responsible Athletics Club our committee and members will:

  • Adopt national welfare policies and procedures as necessary, adhere to our Code of Conduct and respond to any suspected breaches in accordance with our Welfare Procedures.
  • Require members to agree to follow this Code of Conduct as a requirement of annual club membership.
  • Appoint a Welfare Officer, preferably two (one male and one female), and ensure that they are provided with appropriate training to act as a first point of contact for concerns about welfare issues.
  • Ensure that all coaches operating within the club environment hold the appropriate coaching qualifications/licences and have undertaken an Enhanced DBS (previously CRB) check.
  • Ensure that coaches, technical officials and club officers attend recommended training in welfare and safeguarding children as appropriate.
  • Liaise appropriately/as necessary with parents/persons with parental responsibility, officials, coaches, national governing bodies and other relevant people/organisations to ensure that good practice within our club is maintained.
  • Provide contact details for Children’s Services, the Police and N.S.P.C.C. at the clubhouse
  • Ensure that club coaches, officers and members always act responsibly and set an example to others including younger members.
  • Always refrain from airing their grievances towards other members at training, on all Social Media Websites, and at Club Social gatherings, any grievances witnessed is required to inform the Club Secretary at the earliest moment available.
  • Wear a full and appropriate training kit during training sessions and during all activities in which the club is represented.
  • Change of kit/clothing to take place either in the changing areas provided within the school or in the clubhouse and out of sight of others.
  • Toilet facilities available to the club (located in the school hall) must be used for this purpose.
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every club member and others involved in athletics and treat everyone with equal regard.
  • Consistently promote positive aspects of the sport such as fair play and never condone rule violations or the use of prohibited or age-inappropriate substances.
  • Avoid swearing and abusive language and irresponsible behaviour, including behaviour that is dangerous to self and others, acts of violence, bullying, harassment and physical and sexual abuse, and challenge inappropriate behaviour and language by others.
  • Challenge inappropriate behaviour and language by others and ensure that concerns are communicated to welfare and club officers.
  • Place the welfare and safety of the athlete above other considerations including the development of performance.
  • Report any suspected misconduct by club officials, coaches, technical officials or other people involved in athletics to the club Welfare Officers, Chairperson and Secretary and report concerns to the appropriate body/organisation, if necessary.
  • Encourage all those involved with the club in whatever capacity, to remain vigilant to breaches of this Code of Conduct and report any concerns immediately.

Code of Conduct for Coaches
As responsible Athletics Coaches at Dereham Runners AC we will:

  • Respect the rights, worth and dignity of every athlete and treat all with equal regard,
  • Place the safety and welfare of athletes above the development of performance.
  • Be appropriately qualified and update qualifications as and when required by UKA and adhere to the terms of the coaching licence.
  • Undertake an Enhanced DBS disclosure (Junior and Senior coaches) and agree to a record of disclosure number/date being held.
  • Ensure that activities are appropriate to the age, maturity, experience and ability of the individual athlete.
  • Never try to recruit (overtly or covertly) athletes who are already receiving coaching. Any requests must be referred immediately to the coach currently providing support.
  • Co-operate fully with others involved in athletics including other coaches, officers, medical personnel, officials and representatives of the governing body, in the best interests of the athlete.
  • Be aware that attitude and behaviour directly affects the behaviour of athletes under our supervision.
  • Never engage in any inappropriate or illegal behaviour Avoid critical language or actions, such as sarcasm, which could undermine an athlete’s self esteem.
  • Avoid spending time alone with young athletes unless clearly in the view of others to protect all involved. In special circumstances, for example when coaching elite young athletes, one to one coaching sessions may form part of the required training schedule. In this circumstance, parental/guardian consent must be sought and obtained prior to sessions taking place.
  • Avoid transporting junior athletes alone in a car, and never invite junior athletes alone into homes.
  • Always explain why and ask for consent before touching an athlete
  • Report any accidental injury, distress, misunderstanding or misinterpretation to parents/carers and club Welfare Officers as soon as possible. Report any suspected misconduct by other coaches or other people involved in athletics to the Club Regional, National or UKA Welfare Officer as soon as possible.

Page last updated – December 2014.

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