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Redpath Albion AFC Youth Section Coaches have been vetted and currently hold
fully enhanced Disclosure Scotland Certificates.
Any parent wishing to confirm this information can do so
by contacting the club Child Protection and Parent Liaison Officer,
Robbie Huxtable or Club Chairman via
the contact channels




Child Protection Policy

Redpath Albion herein referred to as ‘the club’

Redpath Albion AFC



Redpath Albion Football Club recognises that all those involved in the coaching or supervision of children associated with the club have a duty to safeguard the welfare of those children. This duty extends to the prevention of physical; sexual or emotional abuse of children associated with the Club and shall be applied regardless of a child's sex, race or religion. 

All Potential coaches  will be required to join the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Membership Scheme.  In certain circumstances paid/unpaid staff may take up a role before the membership application process is completed. Prior to taking up a coaching role at the football club. 
Coaches will work under supervised conditions until return of all satisfactory references and PVG scheme
membership application process has been completed.

A copy of the CHILD PROTECTION AND GOOD PRACTICE document is available from the above named club official or from the Club Chairman/Club Development Officer for a small photocopy fee

The Coach - Player Relationship

Coaches- particularly of children - hold a powerful and unique leadership role, often carrying considerable authority and status. A closeness and mutual trust often accompany this role usually only held between parent and child. Coaches often unwittingly or wittingly assume this power and authority, and occasionally this influence spills over into a child's personal life. One of the challenges coaches repeatedly face is how to manage this potential power and balance the responsible and safe boundary between coach and performer. The challenge to do this is exacerbated by the need for coaches to build high levels of trust from children - particularly those involved in elite performance - to encourage them to change their behaviour to develop the level of commitment required to achieve their potential.

Coaches of young children start by using their authority role to build a strong relationship or bond.
Over time this hopefully positive influence can grow to be extremely strong and it is from this influence that trust grows.

Where trust is given, there exists the potential for the abuse and misuse of power by a coach. This may be as a result of thoughtlessness, negligence or occasionally wickedness. Even the passive abuse of power by a coach e.g. by questioning loyalty or commitment, may produce a dangerous level of conformity and emotional dependency in a child.

By seeking conformity and commitment to their own values and ideals, coaches may be exaggerating the need to conform at the price of the child's own personal development, self-determination and independence. All coaches should be able to recognise the negative consequences of the power they may hold and the trust placed in them, by children and parents.


·        Coaches must respect the rights, dignity and worth of every member and treat everyone equally within the context all club activities

·        Coaches must place the well being and safety of the performer above the development of performance. They should follow all guidelines laid down by the Scottish Youth Football Association and CYP Scotland also to be registered on the S.Y.F.A coaches' database.

·        Coaches must develop an appropriate working relationship with players based on mutual trust and respect. Coaches must not exert any undue influence to gain any personal benefit or reward.

·        Coaches must encourage and guide members to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and performance.

·        Coaches must ensure the activities they direct or advocate are appropriate for the age, maturity, experience and ability of the individual.

·        Coaches should at the outset clarify with players (and where appropriate their parents exactly what is expected of them and what players are entitled to expect of their coach.

·        Coaches should co-operate fully with other specialists (e.g. other coaches, physiotherapists, club officials' etc.) in the best interest of the player.

·        Coaches should always advocate the positive aspects of sport activities and never condone rule violations or the use of prohibited substances.

·        Coaches must respect a player's right to his or her own personal development, independence and self-determination.

·        Coaches must consistently display high standards of behaviour and appearance.

·        Coaches must be prepared to complete our club's "Children's Coach Registration Form and follow the procedures laid down by the Club.



·        All coaches shall comply with the Coaches Charter.

·        All coaches shall complete the Club's "Child's Coach Registration Form".

·        All new coaches / organisers will be made aware of our policy on Child Protection and Good Practice.

·        Coaches shall follow the guidelines issued on how to report to the club child protection co-ordinator. Club policy will dictate reporting procedures with the disclosure or suspicion of abuse.

·        Coaches shall know whom their Club Child Protection co-ordinator is.

·        All activities shall be planned to minimise situations in which abuse may occur.

·        The coaches shall observe the following guides to good practice:

·        Prohibit the use of camcorders and cameras in changing rooms and showers. .

·        Do not participate in one to one coaching other than during a normal coaching session and always in the presence of other coaches and players.

·        Do not allow or engage in inappropriate touching of any form.

·        Do not make sexually suggestive comments about or to any member, even in fun.

·        Do not refer to a child's ethnicity, religion, gender, disability, or sexuality in a way that is derogatory. Do not allow children to use inappropriate language unchallenged.

·        Do not engage in sexually provocative games or horseplay.

·        Do not do things of a personal nature for children that they can do for themselves.

·        Immediately report incidents of inappropriate language, behaviour or abuse by another Coach.

·        Immediately report incidents of inappropriate language, behaviour or abuse by a child.

·        Parents shall be encouraged to attend matches and to accept responsibility for ensuring their child's safety.

·        A Good Conduct Guide for spectators and parents. ( SEE COMMENT 7)

·        A current membership list or appropriate checklist shall be available at all activities.

·         An appropriate first aid kit (coaches shall not attempt to treat injuries unless in extenuating circumstances) to be on hand at all activities.

·        An Incident Book shall always be on hand to record incidents that may have repercussions for the club, coach or player.

·        Whilst at coaching/ home fixtures and travelling to away fixtures etc. children will be kept under the closest supervision and, when appropriate, a "Stay Behind" coach will be nominated.

·        Coaches shall not meet children away from the Football Club situation or meeting place without a Parent or Club official being present.


Procedures to be followed by coaches where Abuse is disclosed or suspected.

·        Create a safe environment by:

·        Staying calm and not rushing into actions which may be inappropriate.

·        confirming you know how difficult it must have been to confide in you.

·        Reassuring the child and stressing he/she is not to blame.

·        Listening to and believing what the child says; show you are taking the matter seriously.

·        Be honest and do not make promises you cannot keep. Explain you may have to tell other people in order to stop what is happening.

·        Be clear about what the child says so that it can be passed on to child protection professionals. Keep questions to a minimum and avoid closed questions (i.e. ones that can be answered by a single word e.g. yes/no). Use open questions to encourage the child to use his/her own words. Do not lead the child, or suggest words or ideas on what may have happened.


·        What the child has said to you, in a legible and accurate format, in the Incident Book.

·        Facts and observations, not your opinion.

·        The child's name, address, date of birth.

·        The date and time of the incident

·        Exactly what the child said and what you said

·        Actions taken and contact with parents/agencies. Remember names, addresses and phone numbers.


·        You date and sign the record.

·        The Club Child Protection Co-ordinator witnesses the record.

·        You maintain confidentiality; breaches of confidentiality can be very damaging to the child, family and any child protection investigations that take place.

·        You do not take sole responsibility. Consult with the Club Child Protection Co-ordinator or another coach as soon as possible, so that you can begin to protect the child and gain support for yourself in a difficult situation.

·        You do not contact parents if you consider the child to be a victim of sexual abuse or at increased risk.


Procedures to be followed by the Club where abuse is disclosed or suspected.

·        The coach/concerned person shall conform to the Procedures to be followed by coaches where abuse is disclosed or suspected.

·        The Club Child Protection Co-ordinator shall consult the appropriate agencies: i.e.

·        Social Work Department, phone number …………………..

·        Police phone No. ………………………

·        The Co-ordinator will obtain the names and phone numbers of those consulted.

·        The Co-ordinator will follow the advice given by the appropriate agencies.

Coaches must be aware that they are not Childcare professionals and that the procedures set down are to be followed immediately they suspect abuse to have taken place. It is the role of the professional childcare protection agencies to investigate


A good conduct guide for Parents and Spectators



Parents of club members are required to meet the following expectations.

• Encourage good sportsmanship by demonstrating support for all players, coaches, and officials at every game, training, or event.
• Place the emotional and physical well being of players ahead of any personal desire to win.
• Support coaches and officials in providing a positive, enjoyable experience for all.
• Discourage any behaviours or practices that would endanger the health and well being of players.
• Treat other players, parents, coaches, fans, and officials with respect and refrain from verbal indignities.
• Teach their child to play by the rules and to resolve conflicts with civility and without resorting to hostility or violence.
• Respect the coaches and officials and their authority during games and do not question, discuss, or confront coaches at the game.
• Discuss any issues or concerns with the coach at an agreed upon time and place.
• Help ensure that the sport is enjoyable for their child and remember that the game is for the players and not for the adults.
• Support a drug, tobacco, and alcohol-free sports environment for their child and refrain from their use at all events.

Recruitment of coaches and volunteer

In recruiting volunteers the following procedure will be carried out:

In line with the club’s. Protection of Children (Scotland) Act 2003. All Potential coaches will be required to join the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Membership Scheme.  In certain circumstances paid/unpaid staff may take up a role before the membership application process is completed. Prior to taking up a coaching role at the football club.

Coaches will work under supervised conditions until return of all satisfactory references and PVG scheme membership application process has been completed.


All potential staff for various posts within our organisation will complete an application form and be in possession of Job description supplied by the club.

All short-listed applicants to a post will be asked to provide references and these will always be taken up prior to confirmation of an appointment.

· Ask how they think they can contribute to the development of the Club

· Supply in writing any relevant skills or qualifications that may be of benefit to their specific role within the Club

· Ask for references and referees

· Successful applicants will be at the discretion of the ‘the club’ Executive Committee

· Applicants should be made aware of the Club's ethos, Child Protection Policy and conduct code and running procedures at the Club

· Everyone at the Club should have in their possession a current copy of the Child   Protection Policy

· The Club shall encourage committee persons and coaches to better their qualifications in relation to their roles within the Redpath Albion Boys Club

Pre-selection checks must include the following:

+      All volunteers/staff should complete an application form. The application form will elicit information about an applicant's past and a self-disclosure about any criminal record.

+      Consent should be obtained from an applicant to seek information from the Criminal Records Bureau.

+      Two confidential references, including one regarding previous work with children. These references must be taken up and confirmed through telephone contact.

+      Evidence of identity should be provided (e.g. passport or driving licence with photo).


Interview and induction

All employees (and volunteers) will be required to undergo an interview carried out to acceptable protocol and recommendations. All employees and volunteers should receive formal or informal induction, during which:

+      A check should be made that the application form has been completed in full (including sections on criminal records and self-disclosures).

+      Their qualifications should be substantiated.

The job requirements and responsibilities should be clarified via Job description.




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