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Achieving a positive experience in sport

To achieve a positive experience in sport we believe that organisations and clubs should “sign up” to agreed codes of conduct. Sports coaches/ volunteers should contact their governing body for sports specific codes of conduct. These guidelines should be for:

  • All adult club officials - coaches and volunteers
  • Young People involved in the sport and
  • Parents/carers.

The code of conduct should be viewed as the cornerstone of any efforts to introduce safeguarding procedures within your sport. As well as the positive reasons for having a code of conduct in place, there are also clear risks of not having one; for example:

  • It is harder to discipline someone without agreed standards;
  • No clarity of roles or boundaries for volunteers.

Please note the codes of conduct may be beneficial when answering the questions related to this section.

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Sample Code of Conduct for Coaches all Ireland

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Sample Code of conduct for children and young people

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Sample Code of conduct for parents