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 individuals 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
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
Not engage in a sexual relationship with a young
person for whom they are responsible.
Maintain confidentiality about sensitive
Respect and listen to the opinions of young
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 childrens clothing unless in the presence
Hold appropriate valid qualifications and
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
Be protected from abuse by children/youths, other
adult members and parents.
Not to be left vulnerable when working with
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.