Coaches, Officials and Volunteers Code of Conduct

Munster Blades Fencing Club is fully committed to providing a safe and fair environment for all young
fencers. The cooperation of the committee is essential to be able to fulfil this commitment.

Committee members must follow the points stated in the code of conduct as described below:

  • Be familiar with and follow the required procedures in the Code of Ethics, the Code of Conduct, and any other policies as published by Fencing Ireland
  • Carry out your duties and responsibilities in the understanding that the welfare of children is paramount
  • Create a safe and enjoyable environment for young fencers by:

Planning and preparing appropriately and being positive during sessions
Making sure all levels of participation should be enjoyable and fun
Prioritising skill development and personal satisfaction over highly structured competition.
Setting age appropriate and realistic goals
Avoiding favouritism – each child deserves equal time and attention, regardless of their ability
Praising and encouraging effort as well as results
Showing respect for all involved, children and adults

  • Recognise and ensure the welfare of children by:

Keeping attendance records
Not exposing a child to criticism, hostility or sarcasm
Never swearing at, ridiculing, shouting unnecessarily or arguing with a child
Working in an open environment
Ensuring there is adequate supervision
Involving and updating parents on a regular basis, especially if a problem has arisen
Respecting a child’s sensitivity to their ability and/or physical stature
Never using physical punishment or force
Not using verbal or physical punishments or exclusion for mistakes
Keeping a brief record of any injuries and actions taken
Keeping a brief record of any issues arising and actions taken

  • Do not allow or engage in bullying behaviour, rough physical games, or sexually provocative games
  • Never allow or engage in inappropriate physical contact of any kind or make sexually suggestive comments about or to a child
  • Co-operate with the recommendations from medical practitioners in the management of a child’s medical or related problems. You may request a certificate of medical fitness to ensure safe continued participation 
  • Keep any information in relation to a fencer of a personal or medical nature strictly confidential unless the welfare of the child requires the passing on of this information.
  • Never exert undue influence over a participant in order to obtain personal benefit or reward.
  • Avoid the use of alcohol at all times whilst responsible for young people e.g. training sessions, events and on trips with young fencers.

Coaches/Club Officials must avoid:

  • Spending excessive amounts of time with children away from others.
  • Taking sessions alone.
  • Taking children to their home.
  • Taking children on journeys alone in their car.

 

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