Kent Korfball Association Policy Documentation
- always consider the well-being and safety of participants before the development of performance.
- develop an appropriate working relationship with participants, based on mutual trust and respec;
- be approachable at all times to children, parents and carers, to listen to and respond positively to what they say.;
- make sure all activities are appropriate for the age, ability and experience of those taking part;
- promote the positive aspects of the sport (e.g. fair play);
- set a good example at all times by displaying consistently high standards of behaviour and appearance – be a responsible role model;
- follow all guidelines laid down by the English Korfball Association (EKA) and Kent Korfball Association (KKA) and the policies of its affiliated members;
- hold appropriate valid qualifications and insurance cover;
- never exert undue influence over performers to obtain personal benefit or reward;
- never condone rule violations, rough play or the use of prohibited substances;
- encourage participants to value their performances and not just results;
- encourage and guide participants to accept responsibility for their own performance and behaviour, and;
- always be conscious of the health and safety implications for those taking part.
I accept my responsibilities in relation to my dealings with members I am coaching or otherwise having contact with.
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In everyone’s best interests, the KKA strongly advises individual clubs to require individual members to sign a copy of this Code of Practice and retain it within the club’s records.
- attend training, arriving in good time to ensure a prompt start;
- attend all Kent matches for which selected, arriving in good time to warm-up and to receive instruction before the match starts;
- accept officials' (coaches’ and referees’) judgements;
- learn the rules and play within them;
- recognise good performance, not just results;
- respect, encourage and support the coach and other players at training and matches;
- listen to the coach during training, not talking/bouncing balls whilst the coach is talking;
- accept responsibility for one’s own performance and behaviour;
- always discuss any matters of concern with the coach, not dwelling on issues that ultimately take the enjoyment out of playing;
- follow all guidelines laid down by the English Korfball Association, and the Kent Korfball Association;
- use correct and proper language at all times.
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- encourage their child(ren) to listen to the coaches’ instructions during training and not talk while the coach is talking;
- encourage their child(ren) to learn the rules and play within them;
- discourage unfair play and arguing with officials;
- help their child(ren) to recognise good performance, not just results;
- never force their child(ren) to take part in sport;
- set a good example by recognising fair play and applauding good performances by all;
- never punish or belittle a child for losing matches or making mistakes;
- publicly accept officials' (coaches’ and referees’) judgements;
- support the involvement of their child(ren) and help them to enjoy their sport – enjoyment is everything;
- use correct and proper language at all times;
- encourage and guide performers to accept responsibility for their own performances and behaviour
- recognise that the chil(dren) are taking part for their own enjoyment and not for the cudos of parents/carers.
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- The KKA respects the rights, dignity and worth of every person and will treat everyone equally within the context of this sport, regardless of age, ability, gender, race, ethnicity, religious belief, sexuality or social/economic status.
- The KKA is fully committed to ensuring everyone has the right to enjoy Korfball in an environment free from threat of intimidation, harassment and abuse.
- All Kent Korfball Association members have a responsibility to challenge discriminatory behaviour and promote equality of opportunity.
- Kent Korfball Association will deal incidence of discriminatory behaviour, according to EKA disciplinary procedures.
The reality is that abuse does take place in sport and, in some cases, coaches and other trusted adults in the sport have been convicted. Every adult has a legal and moral responsibility to protect young people in sport from abuse.
Adopting best practice will help to safeguard young people from potential abuse as well as protecting coaches and other adults in positions of responsibility from potentially false allegations. The English Korfball Association (EKA) is the national governing body for Korfball in England and has adopted the following policy.
This policy has been written for all those who have responsibility for the organisation of Korfball for young people (for example, Area Korfball Associations, Korfball clubs and sports centres) and for those who lead or deliver Korfball for young persons (for example, coaches, managers, teachers, officials, development officers).
Everyone involved in Korfball owes a duty of care towards young people and has a responsibility to protect them from harm.
It is important to ensure that concerns are acted upon in a consistent and structured manner and that young people are not left unprotected.
- adopts a policy statement;
- appoints a Child Protection Officer;
- appoints a Child Protection Committee;
- carries out a full recruitment procedure for all staff and volunteers;
- gives all coaches, managers, staff and other volunteers clear roles and responsibilities;
- ensures all staff, volunteers and coaches comply with the agreed Codes of Conduct and Practice;
- plans its work to minimise the likelihood of abuse occurring.
2. The welfare of young persons is of primary concern and paramount importance.
3. The KKA respects and promotes the rights, wishes and feelings of all young people.
4. The KKA aims to ensure that all young people, whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious belief and/or sexual identity are welcomed into a safe, caring environment and a happy and friendly atmosphere.
5. The KKA has developed a positive and proactive approach in order to protect all young people who play Korfball, enabling them to participate in an enjoyable and safe environment.
6. The KKA requires all bodies affiliated to the KKA that provide the opportunity to work in Korfball with young people up to the age of 18 years to include in their respective Constitutions a policy statement concerning Child Protection.
7. The KKA aims to demonstrate best practice in Child Protection throughout Korfball.
8. The KKA encourages its affiliates, officials and volunteers to adopt best practice to safeguard and protect young people from abuse, and themselves from false allegations.
9. The KKA requires all coaches, managers, referees, staff and volunteers working with young children to sign up to a Code of Conduct to safeguard the welfare of young people.
10. KKA will work with the EKA to achieve these objectives within EKA Coaching Award courses, and any other initiatives, and will itself comply with these objectives within any courses it organizes or initiatives it undertakes.
11. The KKA recognises that it is its responsibility of each and every one of its staff/volunteers and officials to prevent the physical, sexual or emotional abuse of young people and to report any abuse discovered or suspected.
12. The KKA will respond to any allegations or suspicions of abuse appropriately and has disciplinary and appeals procedures in place to deal with incidences of poor practice.
13. It is the responsibility of child protection professionals to determine whether or not abuse has taken place, but it is everyone’s responsibility to report any concerns, whether or not specifically related to Korfball activities.
15. Confidentiality should be upheld in line with the Data Protection Act, 1998, the Human Rights Act, 2002 and the Freedom of information Act.
The above information has been based on the EKA booklet “Child Protection – Policy and Guidelines” and copies of the booklet may be obtained from the EKA.
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Date Published 8th January 2014
Annual Review 8th January 2015