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Child Protection Policy

Victoria Park City Of Glasgow (VP-Glasgow) acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, pocket option government guidance and complies with best practice and requirements of Scottish Athletics.

The policy recognises that the welfare and interests of children are paramount in all circumstances. It aims to ensure that regardless of age, gender, religion or beliefs, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or socioeconomic background all children:

• have a positive and enjoyable experience of sport at VP-Glasgow in a safe and child centred environment.

• are protected from abuse whilst participating in track and field athletics or outside of the activity.

VP-Glasgow acknowledges that some children, including disabled children and young people or those from ethnic minority communities, can be particularly vulnerable to abuse and we accept the responsibility to take reasonable and appropriate steps to ensure their welfare.

As part of our safeguarding policy VP-Glasgow will:

• promote and prioritise the safety and wellbeing of children and young people.

• ensure everyone understands their roles and responsibilities in respect of safeguarding and is provided with appropriate learning opportunities to recognise, identify and respond to signs of abuse, neglect and other pocket option platforma safeguarding concerns relating to children and young people.

• ensure appropriate action is taken in the event of incidents/concerns of abuse and support provided to the individual/s who raise or disclose the concern.

• ensure that confidential, detailed and accurate records of all safeguarding concerns are maintained and securely stored.

• prevent the employment/deployment of unsuitable individuals.

• ensure robust safeguarding arrangements and procedures are in operation.

The policy and procedures will be widely promoted and are mandatory for everyone involved in VP-Glasgow. Failure to comply with the policy and procedures will be addressed without delay and may ultimately result in dismissal/exclusion from the organisation.


The policy will be reviewed a year after development and then every three years, or in the following circumstances:

• changes in legislation and/or government guidance

• as required by the Local Safeguarding Children Board, UK Athletics or Scottish Athletics.

• as a result of any other significant change or event.


Members are encouraged pocket option download for windows 10 to be open at all times and to share any concerns or complaints that they may have about any aspect of the club with the Club Welfare Officer.



A Grievance Procedure is in place to deal with any complaints about coaches, parents, athletes, officials or committee members.  Follow this link for more information.



Codes of conduct for parents and carers

As parents you are expected to:

• Positively reinforce your child and show an interest in their chosen activity.

• Do not place your child under pressure or push them into activities they do not want to do.

• Complete and return the Registration, Medical and Consent Form pertaining to your child's participation with Victoria Park City Of Glasgow (VP-Glasgow).

• Deliver and collect your child punctually before and after sessions or events.

• Ensure your child has clothing appropriate to the weather conditions

• Ensure that proper sportswear and protective equipment are worn. Any child not in possession of the fundamental requirements will not be permitted to participate.

• Detail any relevant medical concerns or conditions pertaining to their child on the membership form. Any changes in the state of the child's health should be reported to the coach or team manager prior to the activity.

• To inform the organiser prior to the activity starting if your child is to be collected early.

• Encourage your child to play by the rules, and teach them that they can only do their best.

• Behave responsibly on the side-line’s; do not embarrass your child.

• Show appreciation and support the coach, team manager or event staff.

• Ensure your child is punctual.

• Be realistic and supportive.

• Ensure your child has appropriate showering equipment, plus adequate food and drink.

• Accept the official’s judgment and do not enter the field of play

• Promote their child’s participation in playing sport for fun.


As a parents/carer you have the right to:

• Know your child is safe.

• Be informed of problems or concerns relating to your children.

• Be informed if your child is injured.

• Have your consent sought for issue such as trips or photography.

• Contribute to decisions within the club.

• Have any concerns you have about any aspect of your child’s welfare listened to responded to.

Any breaches of this code of conduct will be dealt with immediately by a VP-Glasgow official. Persistent concerns or breaches will result in you being asked not to attend games if your attendance is considered detrimental to the welfare of young participants.

The ultimate action should a parent/guardian continue to breach the code of behaviour may be the VP-Glasgow officials regrettably asking the child to leave the
session, event or club.

Members are encouraged to be open at all times and to share any concerns or complaints that they may have about any aspect of the club with the Club Welfare Officer.


A Grievance Procedure is in place to deal with any complaints about coaches, parents, athletes, officials or committee members.  Follow this link for more information.


Code of conduct for staff and volunteers

Victoria Park City Of Glasgow (VP-Glasgow) coaches and volunteers 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.

Staff and volunteers are expected to:

• Ensure the safety of all children by careful supervision, proper pre-planning of coaching sessions, using safe methods at all times.

• Consider the wellbeing and safety of participants before the development of performance.

• 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 the club 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 the club 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.

• Foster team work to ensure the safety of youth members in their care.

• Ensure the rights and responsibilities of youth members are enforced.

• Not abuse members physically, emotionally or sexually.

• Not engage in a sexual relationship with a young person for whom they are responsible.

• Maintain confidentiality about sensitive information.

• Respect and listen to the opinions of young people.

• Take time to explain coaching techniques to ensure they are clearly understood.

• Develop an appropriate working relationship with participants, based on mutual trust and respect.

• 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.

• Never taking children to their home.

• Not administering First Aid involving the removing of children’s clothing unless in the presence of others.

• Hold appropriate valid qualifications and insurance cover.

• Make the sport/activity fun.

Staff and volunteers have the right to:

• Access on-going training and information on all aspects of leading/managing activities for youths, particularly on Safeguarding.

• Support in the reporting of suspected abuse.

• Access to professional support services.

• 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.


A Grievance Procedure is in place to deal with any complaints about coaches, parents, athletes, officials or committee members.  Follow this link for more information.

Code of conduct for children

Victoria Park City Of Glasgow (VP-Glasgow) is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of all its members. The club believes that it is important that members, coaches, administrators and parents associated with the club should, at all times, show respect and understanding for the safety and welfare of others. Therefore, members are encouraged to be open at all times and to share any concerns or complaints that they may have about any aspect of the club with the Club Welfare Officer.

Sports clubs should offer a positive experience for children and young people and where they can learn new things in a safe and positive environment.

As a member of VP-Glasgow, you are expected to abide by the following junior code of practice:

Children /young people are expected to:

• Be loyal and give their friends a second chance

• Be friendly and particularly welcoming to new members

• Be supportive and committed to other team members, offer comfort when required

• Keep yourself safe

• Report inappropriate behaviour or risky situations for youth members

• Play fairly and be trustworthy

• Respect officials and accept decisions

• Show appropriate loyalty and be gracious in defeat

• Respect opponents

• Not cheat or be violent and aggressive

• Make your club a fun place to be

• Keep within the defined boundary of the playing/coaching area

• Behave and listen to all instructions from the coach

• Play within the rules and respect the official and their decisions

• Show respect to other youth members/leaders and show team spirit

• Take care of equipment owned by the club.

• Respect the rights, dignity and worth of all participants regardless of age, gender, ability, race, cultural background or religious beliefs or sexual identity

• Refrain from the use of bad language or racial/sectarian references. This includes bullying using new technologies like chat-rooms or texting

• Not get involved in inappropriate peer pressure and push others into something they do not want to do

• Refrain from bullying or persistent use of rough and dangerous play

• Keep to agreed timings for training and competitions or inform their coach or team manager if they are going to be late

• Wear suitable kit for training and match sessions, as agreed with the coach or team manager.

• Pay any fees for training or events promptly

• Not smoke on club premises or whilst representing the club at competitions

• Not consume alcohol or drugs of any kind on the club premises or whilst representing the club.


A Grievance Procedure is in place to deal with any complaints about coaches, parents, athletes, officials or committee members.  Follow this link for more information.

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