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Physical contact should be to meet the child’s needs, not the adult’s.
Physical contact should be in an open environment with the permission and understanding of the participant. In general physical contact should:
• Be determined by the age and developmental stage of the participant - don’t do something that a child can do for themselves
• Meet the child's needs, NOT the adult's
• Develop skills/ techniques or to prevent an injury or accident from occurring
• Treat an injury (following first aid guidelines);
• To meet the requirements of the activity and the nature and reason for the physical contact explained to the child
• As a response to distress and success
First names and surnames of young people should always accompany their photograph on the clubs social media page
Images can be used as a means of identifying children when associated with personal information. Where possible do not include the name of a child whose image is being used, if naming a child or group of children in an image, only use their first names - this reduces the risk of inappropriate, unsolicited attention from people within and outside the sport. Avoid the inclusion of other detailed information about individual children that might help identification.
One of the guiding principles for children and YP involved in sport is having fun in a safe environment.
Children have the right to have fun and be safe in their sporting activities. Coaches/volunteers need to work with them and their parents/guardians to ensure clear boundaries are in place, understood and agreed by all. Sport activities are uniquely placed to contribute to safeguarding and the welfare of children. Coaches/volunteers have a responsibility to be a good role model and to be a listening ear if a young person has a concern.