Crediton Running Network Code of Conduct

This pack is given to all leaders, volunteers and officials within the club. It is imperative that you read and abide by all appropriate codes of conduct. If you are feeling in any way that others within the club are not following these codes of conduct that you should contact the Welfare Officer as soon as possible.

As part of your application to join the club you agree to abide to this Code of Conduct.

The meaning of coach or leader refers to the responsible person in charge of a running group.

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1. Club Code of Conduct

As a responsible running club we will:

Adopt national welfare policies and procedures, adhere to the codes of conduct and respond to any suspected breaches in accordance with the Welfare Procedures
Appoint a welfare officer and ensure that they are provided with appropriate training to act as a first point of contact for concerns about welfare issues

Ensure that all volunteers operating within the club environment hold the appropriate qualifications and have undertaken the appropriate checks e.g. CRB//Disclosure, licences
Ensure that leaders/coaches and club officers attend recommended training in welfare and safeguarding and protecting children as appropriate, and records held within the Club

Liaise appropriately with parents/persons with parental responsibility, officials, national governing bodies and other relevant people/organisations to ensure that good practice is maintained Ensure that information is available at the club and to all club officers, coaches and officials regarding contact details for local social services, the police and the NSPCC

Ensure that club officers and volunteers always act responsibly and set an example to others including younger members
Ensure that all leaders and volunteers adhere to Club policies, eg setting training sessions appropriate to ability, looping

Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every club member and others involved in athletics and treat everyone equally.
Consistently promote positive aspects of the sport such as fair play and never condone rule violations or the use of prohibited or age-inappropriate substances

Challenge inappropriate behaviour and language by others
Place the welfare and safety of the runner above other considerations including your own development of performance
Report any suspected misconduct by club officials, leaders, or other people involved in athletics to the Club, Regional, National or UKA welfare officer as soon as possible

2. Code of Conduct for Leaders

As a responsible running leader you will:

Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every runner and others involved and treat everyone equally.
Place the welfare and safety of the runner above the development of performance
Be appropriately qualified including obtaining CRB clearance, update your licence and education as and when required by UKA and adhere to the terms of the coaching licence

Ensure that activities you direct or guide are appropriate for the age, maturity, experience and ability of the individual runner
Ensure that all leaders and volunteers adhere to Club policies, eg setting training sessions appropriate to ability, looping

Anticipate and be responsible for your own needs including being organised, having the appropriate equipment and being on time
At the outset clarify with all runners (and where appropriate, with parents or carers) exactly what it is that is expected of them and what they are entitled to expect from you as leader

Never try to recruit, either overtly or covertly, runners who are already receiving coaching.
Try to observe a recommended maximum ratio of 1 coach to 12 runners at a training session or work in partnership with another leader/assistant.
Cooperate fully with others involved in the sport

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Consistently promote positive aspects of the club and the sport and never condone rule violations or the use of prohibited or age-inappropriate substances
Encourage and guide runners to accept responsibility for their own performance and behaviour Develop appropriate working relationships with runners based on mutual trust and respect, especially with those under 18 years or vulnerable adults

Do not exert undue influence to obtain personal benefit or reward
A coach MUST strictly maintain a clear boundary between friendship and intimacy with runners whilst operating in the club environment.
In particular, you MUST NOT allow an intimate personal relationship to develop between yourself and any runner aged under 18 years. Any violation of this could result in a coach licence being withdrawn. It may also be a criminal offence to conduct a relationship with an runner aged under 16 years. It may also be a violation of your coaching licence to form an intimate personal relationship with a vulnerable adult coached by you.

As a responsible coach, when participating in or attending any athletics activities, including training/coaching sessions and competition events you will:

Promote the club in a positive manner
Act with dignity and display courtesy and good manners towards others
Avoid swearing and abusive language and irresponsible behaviour including behaviour that is dangerous to yourself or others, acts of violence, bullying, harassment and physical and sexual abuse
Challenge inappropriate behaviour and language by others
Be aware that your attitude and behaviour directly affects the behaviour of runner under your supervision
Never engage in any inappropriate or illegal behaviour
Avoid destructive behaviour and leave athletics venues as you find them
Not carry or consume alcohol to excess and/or illegal substances.
Avoid carrying any items that could be dangerous to yourself or others

In addition, coaches should follow these guidelines on best coaching practice, in particular with young runners or with vulnerable adults

Avoid critical language or actions, such as sarcasm which could undermine an runner’s self esteem. Avoid spending time alone with young runners unless clearly in the view of others to protect both yourself and the young runner. In special circumstances, for example when coaching elite young runners, one to one coaching sessions may form part of the required training schedule. In this circumstance, parental/guardian consent must be sought and obtained prior to sessions taking place. The coach must inform the parent/guardian of the venue for training and an emergency contact number should by provided by both the coach and parent/guardian.

Avoid taking young runners alone in your car
Never invite a young runner alone into your home
Always explain why and ask for consent before touching an athlete
Ensure that parents/carers know and have given consent before taking a young runner away from the usual training venue
Report any accidental injury, distress, misunderstanding or misinterpretation to the parents/carers and club Welfare officer as soon as possible.
Report any suspected misconduct by other coaches or other people involved in athletics to the Club, Regional, National or UKA welfare officer as soon as possible

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3. Code of Conduct for Runners

As a responsible athlete you will:

Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every runner, coach/leader, technical official and others involved in athletics and treat everyone equally.
Uphold the same values of sportsmanship off the field as you do when engaged in athletics Cooperate fully with others involved in the sport

Consistently promote positive aspects of the club and the sport such as fair play and never condone rule violations or the use of prohibited or age-inappropriate substances
Anticipate and be responsible for your own needs including being organised, having the appropriate equipment and being on time

Inform your leader of any other coaching that you are seeking or receiving Provide constructive feedback to the leader when appropriate

As a responsible runner, when participating in or attending any athletics activities, including training/coaching sessions and competition events you will:

Promote the club in a positive manner
Act with dignity and display courtesy and good manners towards others
Avoid swearing and abusive language and irresponsible behaviour including behaviour that is dangerous to yourself or others, acts of violence, bullying, harassment and physical and sexual abuse
Challenge inappropriate behaviour and language by others
Never engage in any inappropriate or illegal behaviour
Avoid destructive behaviour and leave athletics venues as you find them
Not carry or consume alcohol to excess and/or illegal substances.
Avoid carrying any items that could be dangerous to yourself or others

In addition, runners, especially young runners and vulnerable adults, should follow these guidelines on safe participation in athletics

Notify a responsible adult if you have to go somewhere (why, where and when you will return) Do not respond if someone seeks private information unrelated to athletics such as personal information, home life information
Strictly maintain boundaries between friendship and intimacy with a coach or technical official Never accept lifts in cars or invitations into homes on your own without the prior knowledge and consent of your parent/carer

Report any accidental injury, distress, misunderstanding or misinterpretation to your parents/carers and club Welfare officer as soon as possible.
Report any suspected misconduct by leaders or other people involved in athletics to the club welfare officer as soon as possible

4. Code of Conduct for Volunteers

You will:

Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every runner, leader, technical official and others involved in athletics and treat everyone equally
Cooperate fully with others involved in the sport
Promote the club in a positive manner

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Consistently promote positive aspects of the sport such as fair play and never condone rule violations or the use of prohibited or age-inappropriate substances
Act with dignity and display courtesy and good manners towards others
Avoid swearing and abusive language and irresponsible behaviour including behaviour that is dangerous to yourself or others, acts of violence, bullying, harassment and physical and sexual abuse

Challenge inappropriate behaviour and language by others
Avoid destructive behaviour and leave athletics venues as you find them
Never engage in any inappropriate or illegal behaviour
Not carry or consume alcohol to excess and/or illegal substances.
Not carry any items that can be dangerous to yourself or to others excluding athletics equipment used in the course of your athletic activity
Ensure that any risk assessment or health and safety procedures are adhered to and the safety of the runner or any other participant in athletics is put first.
Report any suspected misconduct by coaches, technical officials, or other people involved in athletics to the Club, Regional, National or UKA welfare officer as soon as possible

5. Club Welfare Officer Details
Welfare Officer
Name Bridget Merrett
Email creditonrunningnetwork@hotmail.com Phone Number – will be issued upon request

The Welfare Officer will:

Deal with confidential matters that may arise related to runners and have an understanding and an appropriate way to such matters.

Responsible for the promotion of codes of conduct to members, parents and young people. Receive, record and pass on to the NGB Child Protection officer, any concerns
relating to the welfare of young people and vulnerable adults

To provide advice on the development of activities for young people within the club/organisation.
Support the registration of all personnel involved in activities for young people with the club/organisation (CRB checks).

Recognise the difference between poor practice in according to club rules and matters that would be seen as welfare issue.

CREDITON RUNNING NETWORK

Club Policy on Young Runners

In accordance with guidance and advice from UK Athletics, CRN has adopted the following policy in respect of young runners. As the Club’s running sessions are predominantly on the road, we have adopted this policy in order to protect the health and physical development of younger runners:

 

  1. The minimum age for runners attending the regular evening and weekend club runs will be 14 years with entry level to club runs being the 3-4 mile group.
  2. Young runners between the age of 14 and 17 will need to run with a parent/carer or other person designated by their parent.
  3. The Club’s Welfare Officer will perform an individual risk assessment of the young person assessing their actions and behaviour with regards to their own and the group’s safety. Parent/carers will be informed of the Welfare Officer’s findings and the decision made.
  4. Parents/carers will be advised of the UK Athletics guidance on young runners (see attached) and will be referred to other running groups in the locality geared specifically for younger runners.
  5. Social runs – As these are not regular training sessions social runs are open to people of all any age (over 5 years for insurance purposes). However all younger runners under the age of 17 should be accompanied at all times by their parent/carer or other person designated by their parent.

Agreed by the Club’s AGM on 7th June 2014.