Guiding principle

One of the most popular instruments to protect children’s safety in sport is the code of conduct for all people involved in sport.

Many of the available normative frameworks mention this as a suitable tool in the prevention of sexual violence in sport. Promoting ethical guidelines, a code of conduct, ethical leadership or an acceptable standard of behaviour is recommended in all documents.

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What? A clearly written description of acceptable and non-acceptable behaviour of sport leaders, athletes, officials, board members, parents and other stakeholders in sport organisations, and related disciplinary sanctions

 

Tips from PSS+ partners and experts for codes of conduct and codes of ethics

 

  1. Develop a set of codes of conduct / ethics tailored to the different roles in your organisation (coaches, athletes, officials, parents, club safeguarding officers, etc.) and ensure they (the relevant stakeholders) have a role to play in the development of this.
  2. Cover all relevant behavior on and offline, and relationships in positions of trust.
  3. Involve children and young people in the development of any code and refer to child protection aspects and children’s rights.
  4. Codes of conduct and codes of ethics must be agreed and signed for. Signing the code of conduct / ethics should be a condition of recruitment and a condition for parents before their child can enroll.
  5. Clearly indicate the consequences for breaches of codes and the sanctions that apply.
  6. Include minimum procedures that are meaningful, applicable and simple. Make a link with complaints, disciplinary and grievance procedures.
  7. Create a code that is ‘alive’. At the beginning of each season (every year), update the code and everyone must sign and endorse it.

Examples of practices and initiatives

Basketball Ireland Code of Ethics for Children's Sport

 Organisation responsible: Basketball Ireland (guidelines developed by the Irish Sports Council, Sport Nothern Ireland)

 Target groups of the practice:  Young players, coaches, parents, selectors, team managers, volunteers

 Abstract: The guidelines are based on the guidelines and legislation outlined in the “Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children’s” reviewed in 2006. These guidelines covering “sexual abuse” and “bullying” contain basic principles to be respected by all those are in contact with young basketball players. Including the principles to be followed when traveling with young players or how to deal with allegations. They also contain standard forms on the use of photos or videos, questions to ask when recruiting a coach, etc. Also include commitments “self declaration” that people in contact with children undertake to respect.

 Timeframe: On going

More information available at:  http://www.dlbb.ie/Documents/pdfs/basketball-ireland-code-of-ethics-for-childrens-sport.pdf

 Contact

Code of conduct for children and young people

 Organisation responsible: National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) and Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU), United Kingdom

 Target groups of the practice:  Safeguarding staff, sports coaches, other volunteers, parents, children and young people

 Abstract: A sample code of conduct detailing the behaviours children and young people are expected to abide by as a member of a sports club.

 Timeframe: On going

More information available at:  http://thecpsu.org.uk/resource-library/2013/code-of-conduct-for-children/

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Code of conduct for parents and carers

 Organisation responsible: National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) and Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU), United Kingdom

 Target groups of the practice:  Safeguarding staff, sports coaches, other volunteers, parents

 Abstract: A sample code of conduct detailing the behaviours that parents and carers are expected to conform to.

 Timeframe: On going

More information available at:  http://thecpsu.org.uk/resource-library/2013/code-of-conduct-for-staff-and-volunteers/  

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Code of conduct for staff and volunteers

 Organisation responsible: National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) and Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU), United Kingdom

 Target groups of the practice:  Safeguarding staff, sports coaches, other volunteers

 Abstract: A sample code of conduct detailing the behaviours that staff and volunteers are expected to conform to.

 Timeframe: On going

More information available at:  http://thecpsu.org.uk/resource-library/2013/code-of-conduct-for-staff-and-volunteers/  

 Contact

Code of ethics and good practice for children’s sport

 Organisation responsible: Sport Ireland and Sport NI

 Target groups of the practice:  Sport leaders, coaches, officials, sports organisations, athletes’ parents/guardians, and children

 Abstract: Sport Ireland and Sport NI (formerly The Irish Sports Council and the Sports Council for Northern Ireland) published the Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children in Sport in 2000. The Code focuses on safeguarding children in sport, promoting their rights and developing a healthy, respectful and open sport environment for all. It contains a series of principles, policy and practice guidelines for everyone in children’s sport. While the Code aims to raise awareness and understanding about safeguarding in children’s sport in Ireland, it also sets important standards in relation to acceptable behaviours for stakeholders when working with children in sport. A key recommendation within the Code is that sports organisations appoint National Children’s Officers and Club Children’s Officers, designated people with responsibility for implementing the Code. The Code is available online and as a free app that contains information, links to the relevant authorities to report safeguarding concerns, and a feature that allows parents to track their child’s location. Embedding the Code within a freely available app that can be downloaded and accessed on a mobile device enhances the visibility of the Code, and has the potential to raise awareness about safeguarding issues and how to manage these within sport.

 Timeframe: 2000 - on going

More information available at:  The Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children’s Sport online manual: http://wwwsportireland.ie/Participation/Code_of_Ethics/Code_of_Ethics_Manual/

Code of Ethics Safe Sport App: http://www.sportireland.ie/Participation/Code_of_Ethics/Code-Of-Ethics-App/

Video on the Safe Sport app: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HELRrQChGFM 

E-learning refresher module: https://elearning.sportireland.ie/login/index.php

Detailed description of the project (in English)

 Contact person: Bernie Priestley - Sport Ireland