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Title: Code of Ethics And Good Practice

Code of Ethics And Good Practice
  • National Guidelines for the Protection and
    Welfare of Children
  • Issued by Dept. Health Children 2011

The Irish Sports Council Guidelines
Key Legislative Provisions
  • Children Act 2001
  • Child Care Act 1991
  • Criminal Justice Act 2006
  • Domestic Violence Act 1996
  • Protection for Persons Reporting Child Abust Act
  • Data Protection Acts 1988 and 2003
  • Education Act 1998
  • Education (Welfare) Act 2000
  • Non-Fatal Offences against the Person Act 1997
  • Freedom of Information Acts 1997 and 2003

  • All organisations, whether statutory or
    voluntary, have an overall corporate
    responsibility to safeguard children
  • The welfare of the child is the first and
    paramount consideration
  • Organisations may be legally responsible for
    their failure to provide adequate care and
    safeguards for children

Guidelines 2
  • Safe and clearly defined methods of selecting
    staff and volunteers
  • Effective procedures for the reporting and
    management of child protection concerns
  • Designated staff member /volunteer to act as a
    liaison with outside agencies and as a resource
    person to any volunteer who has child protection

Purpose of Guidelines
  • Provide members with basic information on the
    nature of child abuse
  • Inform members on the procedures they should
  • Raise members awareness of the necessity for
    good practice so as to help to ensure the
    protection of young people from abuse and
    protection of members against false accusations
    of abuse

Core Values For IWS members
  • Quality of Instruction
  • Commitment
  • Continual Professional Development
  • Equality and Inclusion
  • Collegiality
  • Collaboration
  • Respect
  • Care and Co-Operation.

Guiding Principles
  • Integrity in relationships
  • Quality atmosphere and ethos
  • Equality
  • Fair Play
  • Competition
  • Code of Conduct for young people
  • Guidelines for Parents
  • Guidelines for IWS members
  • Code of conduct for IWS members
  • Complaints and Appeals Procedure
  • Recruitment and selection Policy

Adult Child Relationships in Sport
  • Entered by choice
  • Open, Positive and Encouraging
  • Mutually agreed goals
  • Respectful of childrens rights
  • An ethical code of conduct

Adult Child Relationships in Sport
  • protection of children
  • free from all types of abuse
  • Developmental stages of child
  • Enjoyment and Progress
  • Governed by Code of Ethics

Quality Leadership
  • Education and Training
  • Implementation of Code
  • Specific Education in Child Protection
  • Selection and Screening
  • Competent and Qualified
  • Positive , Enthusiastic , Cheerful
  • Principles of Fair Play
  • Anti-Bullying Policy

Good Practice
  • Recruitment and Selection Policy
  • Preparation and Supervision
  • Guidelines on Supervision
  • Behaviour of Leaders
  • Balanced approach to winning
  • Supervision on away trips
  • Supervision in changing rooms
  • Discipline-Breaches and Appeals
  • Photographic and Filming Equipment

Child Protection
  • The ability to recognise child abuse depends as
    much on a persons willingness to accept the
    possibility as it does on their knowledge and

  • young person discloses to a member that he/she is
    being abused
  • young person discloses to a third party who in
    turn tells the member
  • member may overhear other young people discussing
    their concerns about a particular person
  • member witnesses abuse
  • allegation or report is made to the member

Types of Abuse
  • Neglect omission-different deprivations-among
    them safety
  • Emotional Abuse need for affection, approval,
    consistency and security
  • Physical Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse

  • suffers harm or impairment of development
  • deprived of food, warmth, clothing, hygiene,
    intellectual stimulation,supervision and safety,
    affection from adults or medical care
  • ill treatment or impairment of health

Emotional Abuse
  • persistent criticism, sarcasm, hostility or
    blaming, over-harsh disciplinary measures or
    exposure to violence
  • abusive interactions become typical of the

Physical and Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual------child is used by another person for
    his or her gratification or sexual arousal or
    that of others.
  • Physical----non-accidental injury that causes
    significant harm to a child.

Guidelines for Recognition
  • Three stages of recognition
  • 1 Considering the Possibility
  • 2 Looking for signs
  • 3 Recording of Information
  • Some signs are more indicative than others

  • The safety of the young person must take priority
  • Reports must be made without delay
  • Children or parents should not be interviewed in
  • No undertakings of secrecy can be given
  • Giving information for the protection of the
    child is not a breach of confidentiality

  • If a member receives an allegation or suspects a
    child is being abused, the member reports the
    matter to the Senior Colleague.
  • The Senior Colleague must advise the Designated
    Liaison Person. The DLP will be an officer of the
    area committee
  • Allegation must be recorded by the DLP

  • It is essential that the matter be treated in the
    strictest confidence and not discussed except
    among the parties involved
  • The role of the Senior Colleague is not to make
    enquiries of the parents or to take over the role
    of the Health Board
  • The CEO of IWS should be informed and briefed by
    the officers on the Area committee.

  • Suspension of the member will only be done after
    meeting of Area Officers,CEO and the National DLP
  • Member will be informed in writing of his/her
  • Member will meet the Officers and made aware of
    allegation against him/her
  • Person should be informed that this is not an
    accusation and the procedures being undertaken
    are in accordance with statutory guidelines

  • Can present a formal response to allegations
  • Name of child and precise details of abuse will
    be with held
  • Sec.4.7 of the Rules and Regulations of Area
    Water Safety Committees shall govern termination
    of membership
  • Allegations must be reported to the Health Board
    or the Garda Siochana

Allegations of Abuse Against Volunteers
  • Two procedures
  • 1 The reporting procedure in respect of the child
  • 2 The procedure for dealing with the person.
  • The primary goal is to protect the child while
    taking care to treat the adult fairly
  • All members must be aware of line management
    reporting procedures
  • Allegations should be assessed promptly and

Protections for persons Reporting Child Abuse Act
  • Provision of immunity from civil liability to any
    person who reports child abuse reasonably and in
    good faith to designated officers of the Health
    boards of Gardai
  • creation of a new offence of false reporting

  • person reporting not liable in damages for
    reporting in his opinion that a child has been or
    is being assaulted, ill treated, neglected or
    sexually abused
  • a childs health, development or welfare has been
    or is being avoidably impaired or neglected

Response to a child Reporting Abuse
  • Deal with accusation in sensitive competent
    way-let child tell story
  • Be calm and compassionate
  • experience of telling should be positive one
  • Non judgmental
  • Reassured right to tell--no false promises
  • Not questioned-no leading questions
  • Given indication of what is happening next

  • Detailed account of what child said should be
  • Detailed account of the steps must also be kept
  • Parents informed if appropriate

Common Difficulties
  • Disclosure is made and then withdrawn
  • disclosure is made and secrecy is expected
  • Young person may threaten suicide if report is
    passed on
  • Young person will often seek to protect his/her

Summary of Response
  • Member to Supervising Instructor
  • Supervising Instructor to DLP
  • DLP to Area Officers and National DLP and CEO
  • CEO to Health Board and Alleged Abuser
  • Alleged Abuser meets CEO and Area Officers

Reporting Chain      
Designated Liaison Person
  • To promote awareness of Code of Ethics
  • To influence policy and practice
  • To facilitate communication
  • To provide an accessible resource
  • To act as an advisor
  • Conduct research
  • Should receive training