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The Role of the Children’s Officer

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The Role of the Children’s Officer

1. To promote awareness of the Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children’s Sport within all personnel of the Club, and among young members and their parents/guardians.

 

2. To influence policy and practice within the club in order to prioritise children’s needs.

 

3.  Establish contact with the National Children’s Officer at governing body level.

 

4. To ensure that children know how to make their concerns known to the appropriate adults or agencies.

 

5. To encourage the appropriate involvement of parents/guardians in club activities.

 

6. To advise and provide support to the Club’s Sports Leaders/Coaches and Volunteers on best practice in Children’s sport.

 

7. To report regularly to Club Management Committee.

 

8. To monitor changes in membership and follow-up on any unusual dropout, absenteeism or club transfers by children or sports leaders/coaches and volunteers.

 

9. To ensure that the children have a voice in the running of their club and ensure that there are steps young people can take to express concerns about their sports activities/experiences.

 

10. Establish communication with other branches of the club, e.g. facilitate parent’s information sessions at the start of the season.

 

11. Keep records on each member on file, including junior members, their contact numbers and any special needs of the child that should be known to leaders/coaches and club volunteers.

 

12. Ensure that each member signs an annual membership form that includes signing up to a code of conduct.

 

13. Ensure that the club rules and regulations include; complaints, disciplinary and appeals procedures, an anti bullying policy, safety statement, rules in relation to travelling with children, supervision and recruitment of leaders.

 

14. To ensure that clubs adopt a policy of inclusion and integration that welcomes children of all abilities to participate in a fun and friendly atmosphere.

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