Parent Code of Conduct
Old Loughtonians Hockey Club Limited - Code of conduct for parents, guardians and carers
The club has adopted this adaptation of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (“NSPCC”) code of conduct for parents in sport.
The code is part of the club’s overall code of conduct. Every parent, guardian and carer must agree to adhere to this code as a condition of membership for a mini or colt member.
- make sure your child has the right kit for each session (whether training or matches) as well as enough food and drink;
- make sure your child arrives at and is collected from sessions on time. It is your responsibility to bring your child to the pitch and to the coach in charge and to collect your child from the pitch and the coach in charge (not the car park);
- If you would like your child to be collected by anybody other than you then you must (in the interests of safety) give consent in writing to the club in advance;
- ensure that captains, coaches and managers are aware of any medical conditions and that your child is provided with the necessary medication for home or away matches and training sessions together with clear instructions as to use;
- make sure your child has and wears all protective kit recommended by England Hockey. It is not the responsibility of captains, coaches or managers to check that parents have provided their child with the right kit;
- maintain a good relationship with your child’s coach and manager and discuss your child’s development with them proactively and objectively;
- report any accident, bullying or other incident promptly in accordance with the club’s safeguarding policies.
- please learn about the sport of hockey and what it means to your child;
- talk to your child about what you and your child would like to achieve in hockey;
- remember that children have a wide range of benefits from participating in hockey such as making friends with common interests, developing skills or even just exercising;
- listen if your child does not want to participate;
- always participate in a positive way on the sidelines. Shout encouragement (for example “well done|”) but at no time disparage your own team or the opposition;
- think about how the way in which you react to decisions may have an impact on those who respect your support;
- lead by example and always consider how your own behaviour may affect the behaviour of your own child and others in your club;
- never question the umpire’s decision (even if it may be wrong) and never abuse officials, coaches, managers, players, spectators or fellow parents;
- as a member of the club always use social media to support the club and never as a means to undermine individuals;
- talk to your child regularly about embracing sportsmanship and good etiquette;
- stress to your child the importance of not only playing by the rules but also sportsmanship;
- ensure that your child fully understands and abides by all of the club’s policies.
HOW WE MEET EXPECTATIONS OF PARENTS
As a parent, guardian or carer you will want to ensure that your child is training and playing in a safe environment. Please see the terms and conditions of membership in that regard.
Please also see all of our safeguarding and other policies.
We aim to ensure that your child will be looked after safely at all times whilst under the supervision of our managers and coaches in line with the safeguarding policy.
which includes he contact details for the club’s welfare officer.
We are a members’ club run by volunteers and we welcome contributions from parents and please contribute with ideas or as a volunteer.
We have both professional and volunteer coaches and managers. Please ask at any time if you would like details of qualifications.
If we feel that there may be problems or concerns regarding your child we will raise these with you.
If there is an accident or injury we will do what we think is in the best interests of the child in accordance with the consent on the membership form. Please complete the accident, bullying or incident form if you are aware of any such event.
We may need to ask you for specific additional consents such as, for example for your child to go on a trip or to attend an event such as Fun in the Forest.
If, at any time you have any concerns at all about any aspects of your child’s hockey at the club please contact the club in accordance with the internet and acceptable use policy.
Expectations and discipline
In the interests of safety we expect all parents to follow the behaviours and actions set out in this code and to ensure that any guest with them at the club also does so. If any parent behaves in any which contradicts any of the code then we will aim to address the issue straight away with the individual and aim to resolve the issue as quickly as possible without the need to involve the club’s discipline officer.
Repeated or persistent breaches are likely to result in parents being asked not to attend if their attendance is considered to be a risk to the welfare and enjoyment of any mini, colt or adult players, managers, coaches, other volunteers or officials or spectators.
Persistent breaches may also lead to the discipline officer terminating membership which is not something we would want to do but we must have a zero tolerance approach to breaches which could have any impact on welfare and safeguarding.
Old Loughtonians Hockey Club Limited - Code of conduct for use of the internet, web-site communications and social media
The club has a webuser guide which covers the authorised use of the club website by captains, coaches, managers and club officials.
This policy covers the use of online communication between;
(a) members themselves; and
(b) members and captains, coaches, managers, club officials and other club volunteers (together “Club Representatives”)
as well as the use of the internet and social media generally.
This policy is based on the Child Protection in Sport Unit “Statement of acceptable use of internet and social media” template which stresses that whilst online communication is importand for children’s and young people’s development, relevant safeguards need to be put in place to ensure children and young people (as well as adults) remain safe whilst online and using social media.
This policy forms part of the club’s code of conduct. Every parent, guardian and carer must agree to adhere to this code as a condition of membership for a mini or colt member. Each adult member must also agree to adhere to this code as a condition of membership.
These statements are made by each member for themselves and by each parent or guardian on behalf of their child (mini or colt member).
- I will be responsible for my behaviour when using my telephone at Old Loughtonians Hockey Club (the “Club”) including the content on my phone and how I conduct myself.
- I will not deliberately or recklessly create, view, browse for or look at material that is offensive, defamatory or illegal. If I accidentally come across any such material I will report it to the Club’s welfare officer.
- I will not use my phone or any other device to send anyone material that could be considered threatening, offensive upsetting or bullying or which is illegal and will not add any such material to any social media site, forum or internet page.
- I understand that I should only use the Club’s official communications channels to contact Club Representatives and should not seek out and communicate with individual Club Representatives without their express agreement.
- I understand that all of my use of the internet and social media is potentially visible to everyone.
- I recognise that any issues involving my behaviour online may be addressed by the appropriate Club Representative including the Club welfare officer or discipline officer as appropriate and that any persistent or serious breach may lead to loss of membership.
- I will not share my own or anyone else’s passwords with anyone else whether online or otherwise.
- I will not arrange to meet somebody that I have met online but do not otherwise know unless accompanied by an adult Club Representative or my parents or guardians.
- I understand that these rules in this code are designed to keep me, my fellow club members and guests at the Club’s premisses safe. The Club will contact parents/guardians if their child does not adhere to these rules.
For Colt and Mini members only
- I will avoid using my phone during training or other activities at the Club as I realise that it will have an adverse impact on my safety, the safety of others and my ability to train, play and learn.
- I am aware that if I am experiencing bullying, abuse or threatening behaviour online I can contact the Club’s welfare officer whose details are here
and that I should complete and report the incident using these forms.
- I know that I can contact Childline on 08001111 or at childline.org.uk if I have any worries about something I have seen or experienced online.
For parents, guardians, carers only
- We have discussed this code and the statements in particular with our child and agree to support the safe use of the internet and social media.