The purpose of these Child Safety Guidelines is to promote child safety within the Preston Bullants Junior Football Club (PBJFC) “the Club”.
Any form of abusive, derogatory, discriminatory, offensive or intimidating behaviour or language by adults towards minors, or minors towards other minors, is not acceptable.
Any action that may be hurtful or risk being interpreted by a reasonable observer as grooming behaviour is unacceptable. Comments or actions that are negatively and unreasonably critical of a person’s culture, ethnicity, language, gender identity, disability, sexuality or age, are unacceptable.
Committee members, volunteers, coaches and parents/guardians of players at the PBJFC are bound by, and required to abide to, the Code of Conduct and these Guidelines.
These actions are prohibited and may, depending on the specific circumstances, constitute Misconduct:
Any violation of these by a committee member, volunteer, employee, coach, manager, player, parent or guardian or other Club Associate will be subject to investigation and may be dealt with as a disciplinary matter by the Club.
Coaches, officials, volunteers and parents are prohibited from using physical discipline in any way for behaviour management of minors. This prohibition includes spanking, slapping, pinching, hitting, or any other physical force as retaliation or correction for inappropriate behaviours by minors.
Physical contact may be required in an emergency situation to remove minors quickly from danger or threat of danger.
Appropriate contact between coaches, officials, volunteers, parents and minors is part of normal human relationships. Some considerations and guidelines include the following:
Other than in an emergency or other abnormal situation where no other option could be reasonably foreseen, it is unwise to transport children without permission of their parent, carer or guardian.
It is prohibited to have unnecessary and/or inappropriate physical contact with minors while in vehicles. Minors should be transported directly to their destination. No stops should be made other than those that are reasonably scheduled for meals or comfort stops.
It is prohibited to have minors spend the night at the residence of a committee member, volunteer or coach, without prior approval from the parent/guardian.
Changing and showering facilities or arrangements for adults must be separate from facilities or arrangements for children (unless the child is a member of your family).
These Guidelines will be reviewed biannually and we undertake to seek views, comments and suggestions from children, parents, carers, officials and volunteers involved in the Club.
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