Code Of Conduct

Enfield Celtic FC Code of Practice

The guidelines in this document are based on the national guidelines as outlined in the following
documents.
Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children‟s Sport, Irish Sports Council, 2000.
Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children, Dept. of Health & Children
2011

Our Duty to Care, Dept. of Health & Children 2002
Football Association of Ireland Code of Ethics & Best Practice
Enfield Celtic FC Mission Statement

The work of Enfield Celtic FC is based on the following principles that will guide the development of
sport for young people in this club. Children and young peoples experience of soccer should be guided by
what is best for the child or young person. The stages of development and the ability of the child
should guide the types of activity provided within the club. Adults will need to have a
basic understanding of the needs of young people, including physical, emotional and personal.

Integrity in relationships:

Adults interacting with young people in soccer should do so with integrity and respect for the child. All
adult actions in soccer should be guided by what is best for the child and in the context of quality, open
working relationships. Verbal, physical, emotional or sexual abuse of any kind is unacceptable within
soccer.

Quality atmosphere and ethos

Soccer for young people should be conducted in a safe, positive and encouraging atmosphere. A childcentred ethos will help to ensure that competition and specialisation are kept in their appropriate place.

Too often unhealthy competitive demands are placed on children too early and results in excessive levels
of pressure on them and as a consequence, high levels of dropout from sport.
Equality

All children should be treated in an equitable and fair manner regardless of age, ability, sex, religion,
social and ethnic background or political persuasion. Children with disability should be involved in
sports activities in an integrated way, thus allowing them to participate to their potential alongside other
children.

Fair Play

Fair play is the guiding principle of the Irish Sports Councils Code of Ethics and Good Practice for
Children’s Sport.

It states that “all children‟s sport should be conducted in an atmosphere of fair play”. Ireland has
contributed and is committed to the European Code of Sports Ethics, which defines fair play as: “much
more than playing within the rules”.

It incorporates the concepts of friendship, respect for others and always playing with the right spirit. Fair
play is defined as a way of thinking, not just behaving. It incorporates issues concerned with the
elimination of opportunities, excessive commercialisation and corruption.
(European Sports Charter and Code of Ethics, Council of Europe, 1993).
Competition

A balanced approach to competition can make a significant contribution to the development of young
people, while at the same time providing fun, enjoyment and satisfaction. Coaches/managers should aim
to put the welfare of the child first and competitive standards second. A child-centred approach will help
to ensure that competition and specialisation are kept in their appropriate place.

Child Protection & Welfare Policy Statement

Introduction.
Enfield Celtic FC is committed to ensuring that all necessary steps will be taken to protect and
safeguard the welfare of children and young people who participate in soccer. This Policy document
clearly demonstrates the importance placed by Clubs are advised to read these sample policies and
procedures carefully and it is strongly advised that clubs should get their final document passed by their
legal advisors before incorporating them into their club constitution. on the protection and safety of
children and young people who participate in soccer.
All children and young people1
who participate in soccer should be able to do so in a safe and enjoyable
environment. While doing so they should be protected from any form of abuse be it physical, emotional,
sexual, neglect or bullying. The responsibility for protecting children lies with all adults involved in this
club and in soccer in general.
Enfield Celtic FC recognises and accepts its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children and
young people by protecting them from physical, emotional or sexual harm and from neglect or
bullying.
These clear policies, practices and procedures in addition to relevant training programmes will ensure that
everybody in Enfield Celtic FC knows exactly what is expected of them in relation to protecting
children and young people within soccer.
It is vital that children and young people who participate in Enfield Celtic FC activities are able to do so
in a safe, enjoyable and quality environment.
In pursuit of this goal Enfield Celtic FC will:
 Advise all members of Enfield Celtic FC(coaches, players, parents and spectators) of their
responsibilities in relation to the welfare and protection of children and young people who
participate in soccer.
 Operate within the recommended Football Association of Ireland codes of conduct and best
practice guidelines.
 Appoint a Club Children‟s Officer in line with Football Association of Ireland requirements.
 Provide a child protection and welfare module in staff induction and development programmes
1 Children are defined in Irish Law as being any person under 18 years of age.
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The aims of Enfield Celtic FC Child Protection Policy are:
 To develop a positive and pro-active position in order to best protect all children and young
people who participate in soccer, in order for them to do so in a safe and enjoyable environment.
 To provide appropriate guidance and advice to all club members (players, coaches, volunteers,
spectators and parents) in all matters concerning child welfare and protection.
 To demonstrate best practice in the area of child welfare and protection.
 To promote ethics and best practice standards throughout soccer.
The key principles underpinning this Policy are that:
 The welfare of the child is the first and paramount consideration.
 All children and young people have a right to be protected from abuse of any kind regardless of
their age, gender, disability, culture, language, racial origin, religious beliefs or sexual identity.
 All suspicions and allegations of abuse/poor practice will be taken seriously and responded to
swiftly and appropriately. It is essential that we work in partnership with children and young
people and their parents/carers. The HSE has a statutory responsibility to safeguard and protect the
welfare of children and Enfield Celtic FC is committed to cooperating fully with them in
accordance with procedures as outlined in “Children First” National Guidance for the Protection
and Welfare of Children 2011.
 Enfield Celtic FC will cooperate fully with the Football Association of Ireland National
Children‟s Officer, Gardai and HSE in any investigation of child abuse in soccer.
The Football Association of Ireland‟s regulations in regard to child welfare and protection are defined in
the rulebook as:
RULE 71. THE PROTECTION AND WELFARE OF CHILDREN
(a) In line with legislation and Government Guidelines (The Child Care Act 1991 and the
Protection for Persons Reporting Abuse Act 1998) in relation to child protection and welfare,
it is mandatory that all participants, clubs, leagues, divisional associations and other football
bodies shall be bound by the FAI recommended codes of conduct and best practice
guidelines
(b) Any act, statement, conduct or other matter which harms a child or children, or poses or
may pose a risk of harm to a child or children, shall constitute behaviour which is improper
and brings the game into disrepute.
(c) Breaches shall become a disciplinary offence. Any member issued with a ban from
football activity shall have their name notified to all League Secretaries for onward
dissemination to all Club Secretaries. The notification shall state the name of the individual
and the fact a ban has been issued.
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(d) Any participant who is the subject of a Statutory Inquiry in relation to any child welfare
concern must stand down from all football activities pending the outcome of that inquiry and
any subsequent internal disciplinary proceedings.
(e) Any member convicted of an offence by the Irish Courts or Courts of any other
jurisdiction involving the welfare of children shall be automatically banned from
membership of the Association. For the avoidance of doubt no disciplinary or other hearing
shall be necessary in order to implement this automatic ban.
RULE 95. PROTECTION AND WELFARE OF CHILDREN
1. All participants, clubs, leagues, divisional associations and other football bodies shall be
bound by the FAI rules, codes of conduct and guidelines governing the protection and
welfare of children, and breaches of such rules, codes and guidelines shall be subject to
disciplinary sanction.
2. The disciplinary body may impose any sanction it deems appropriate.
3. Any act, statement, conduct or other matter which harms a child or children, or poses or
may pose a risk of harm to a child or children, shall constitute behaviour which is improper
and brings the game into disrepute.
4. Any participant who is the subject of a statutory inquiry in relation to any child welfare
concern must stand down from all football activities pending the outcome of that inquiry and
any subsequent internal disciplinary proceedings.
Enfield Celtic FC through confirming this policy document has demonstrated its commitment to
ensuring that children and young people can participate in all soccer activities with their safety
and welfare being of paramount importance.
It is essential that this document represents a process of continual improvement in the area of child
protection and welfare in soccer.
It is the responsibility of all adults involved in soccer to actively promote safe and best practice standards
whilst being ever vigilant and aware of their responsibilities to children and young people in their care.
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Procedure for dealing with Child Abuse Concerns or Allegations
It is important to note that the investigation of suspected child abuse is the responsibility of the Statutory
Authorities (Gardai, HSE) and should not be undertaken by Children‟s Officers or any other
Club/League. All allegations of child abuse must be referred to the Statutory Authorities.
When an allegation is received it should be assessed promptly and carefully. It will be necessary to decide
whether a formal report should be made to the HSE and this decision should be based on
reasonable grounds for concern. In accordance with requirements of Children First all concerns with
relation to suspected child abuse will be passed on to the relevant statutory authorities.
The following examples would constitute reasonable grounds for concern:
(i) a specific indication from a child that (s)he was abused;
(ii) a statement from a person who witnessed abuse;
(iii) an illness, injury or behaviour consistent with abuse;
(iv) a symptom which may not in itself be totally consistent with abuse, but which is support by
corroborative evidence of deliberate harm or negligence;
(v) consistent signs of neglect over a period of time.
Ref. Children First 2011
Therefore in practice, concerns will be passed on by the Clubs designated person to the statutory
authorities if we receive:
(ii) a specific indication from a child that (s)he was abused;
(iii) a statement from a person who witnessed abuse;
or have evidence in relation to:
(iii) an illness, injury or behaviour consistent with abuse;
(iv) a symptom which may not in itself be totally consistent with abuse, but which is support by
corroborative evidence of deliberate harm or negligence;
(iv) consistent signs of neglect over a period of time.
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Step One
Any allegation of abuse must in the first instance be brought to the attention of the Designated Liaison
Person of the Club. Should the Designated Liaison Person be unsure whether reasonable grounds for
concern exist s/he can informally consult with the local HSE duty social worker. S/he will be advised
whether or not the matter requires a formal report.
Coaches/volunteers may be subjected to erroneous or malicious allegations. Therefore, any allegation of
abuse should be dealt with sensitively and appropriate support should be provided for staff/volunteers
including counselling where necessary.
Step Two
Should Enfield Celtic FC become aware of an allegation of abuse of a child or children by a
coach/volunteer during the execution of that coaches/volunteers duties, the Chairman will
privately inform the coach/volunteer of the following:
 the fact that the allegation has been made against him/her;
 the nature of the allegation.
Step Three
The coach/volunteer should be afforded an opportunity to respond. The Chairman will note the response
and pass on this information when making the formal report to the HSE.
The report to the HSE should contain observations, dates, times, locations and contexts in which the
incident occurred or suspicion was aroused, together with any other relevant information.
In cases of emergency, where a child appears to be at immediate and serious risk and the Chairperson is
unable to contact a duty social worker, the Gardai shall be contacted.
Under no circumstances should a child be left in a dangerous situation pending intervention by the
Statutory Authorities
Step Four
Our Chairperson, if reporting suspected or actual child abuse to the Statutory Authorities will first
inform the family of their intention to make such a report, unless doing so would endanger the child
or undermine any statutory investigation.
It should be noted that should a formal notification be made, we are not accusing anyone of
child abuse, rather we are passing on concerns for investigation by the appropriate statutory
authorities in keeping with the principle that “the welfare of the child is the first and
paramount consideration”.
Step Five
All subsequent actions following an allegation of abuse against a coach/volunteer will be taken in
consultation with the HSE and An Garda Síochána. An immediate meeting will be sought with these two
agencies for this purpose. The Football Association of Ireland National Children‟s Officer is also
available to provide support and advice.
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Step Six
Under Football Association of Ireland rules, any coach/volunteer/manager who is the subject of a
statutory investigation into alleged child abuse, is required to stand down from all soccer activities until
the investigation is completed. Therefore the FAI National Children‟s Officer must be informed
immediately of any formal notification to the Statutory Authorities.
When a person is asked to stand down it should be made clear that it is only a precautionary measure in
keeping with standard procedures/guidelines and will not prejudice any later disciplinary proceedings.
The coach/volunteer concerned should be advised that the procedures being undertaken are in accordance
with statutory requirements. He or she should be treated with respect and fairness, and also be assured
that all information will be dealt with in a sensitive and confidential manner.
Step Seven
The Club will carefully consider the outcome of the statutory investigation and will then assess if there
are any outstanding disciplinary issues in relation to their internal rules or infringements of the Football
Association of Ireland best practice guidelines. It must be remembered that the fact that the alleged abuser
has not been prosecuted or been found guilty does not mean that they are appropriate to work with young
people in the future.
Internal Club disciplinary proceedings can only be initiated after the Statutory Authorities have
completed theirs.
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2.4 Club Disciplinary, Complaints and Appeals Procedure (Covers all matters other than suspected
child abuse which has to be referred to the Statutory Authorities See 10.6)
While many concerns can be dealt with in an informal manner to the satisfaction of all concerned, it is
advisable that detailed records are maintained in respect of all complaints and that all parties are advised
of the formal complaints and appeals procedure. All reasonable efforts to resolve matters should be
exhausted at local level before accessing the appeals procedure.
Step One
Any person who has a complaint or concern should bring it to the attention of the secretary under the
relevant rules of the body concerned.
The complaint or concern should be in writing and should outline all relevant details and other parties
involved in line with procedure.
Step Two
The complaint or concern should then be brought to the attention of the appropriate person in line with
club rules who will convene the disciplinary committee/panel (best practice would advise that this
committee/panel would consist of three members) unless the complaint or concern relates to a child
abuse matter or criminal offence that meets criteria for formal reporting to the statutory
authorities.
Where there are potential contentious issues, due consideration should be given to ensure the
independence of the disciplinary committee/panel and therefore, it is advisable that members of the
disciplinary committee/panel should not be Offices/Directors of the body concerned as lack of
independence is often cited as a ground for appeal.
(The Chairperson of the Club should not sit on the Disciplinary Committee)
Step Three
The disciplinary committee/panel should furnish any participant with details of the complaint being made
against them and afford them the opportunity of providing a response either verbally or in writing. In the
event of a complaint against a child, the parents/guardians should be informed and advised of the process.
Step Four
The disciplinary committee/panel should then hear the case of all parties involved and decide if a rule or
regulation has been infringed.
Step Five
The disciplinary committee/panel should then inform in writing those involved of their decision and any
sanctions if any that are to be imposed. This notification should be in writing, setting out the reasons for
the sanction. (Written notification should be forwarded to parents if the proceedings involve a participant
under eighteen years of age)
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Step Six
Any party unhappy with the findings of the disciplinary committee/panel can appeal the decision in
writing to their respective superior body as per rules. Clubs, leagues, divisional associations and other
football bodies should review their rules to ensure they contain a provision that facilitates an appeals
procedure in this respect.
Step Seven
The appeal body should then rehear the case and all evidence, should be considered. The appeals body
should have the power to uphold or reject the appeal or to vary, alter or set aside any sanction imposed by
the disciplinary committee/panel.
Written confidential records in relation to disciplinary proceedings should be safely and confidentially
kept on file (procedures should clearly define the possession of such records in the event of election of
new officers)
Anonymous Complaints
Anonymous complaints can be difficult to deal with, however they cannot be ignored. All complaints
relating to inappropriate behaviour/poor practice should be brought to the attention of the Chairperson of
the Club. In all cases the safety and welfare of the child/children is paramount.
All complaints should be checked out and handled in a confidential manner. It is important to record all
such complaints and actions taken. Specific advice on dealing with anonymous complaints can be got
from your local HSE duty social worker or alternatively the Football Association of Ireland National
Children‟s Officer.
Rumours
Rumours should not be allowed hang in the air. Any rumour/s relating to inappropriate behaviour/s
circulating in the club should be brought to the attention to the Chairperson and checked out promptly.
All ensuing information should be handled confidentially and with sensitivity.
Confidentiality
Confidentiality is about managing information in a respectful, professional and purposeful manner. It is
important that the rights of both the child and the person about whom the complaint has been made are
protected. Therefore, appropriate confidentiality will be maintained in respect of all issues and people
involved in concerns about the welfare of a child or bad practice within the club.
The following points will be borne in mind:
 A guarantee of confidentiality or undertakings regarding secrecy cannot be given, as the
welfare of the child will supersede all other considerations
 All information should be treated in a careful and sensitive manner and should only be
discussed with those who need to know
 Information will be conveyed to the parents/guardians of a child about whom there are
concerns in a sensitive way. Giving information to others on a “need to know” basis for the
protection of a child is not a breach of confidentiality
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Enfield Celtic FC Recruitment Policy Ref Our Duty to Care
Safe practice starts with safe recruitment procedures and involves:
● Always applying thorough selection procedures, no matter who the applicant happens to be
● Judging the suitability of applicants in relation to a broad range of matters
● Taking all reasonable steps to eliminate people who are not suitable for working with
children
● Providing training. Most people who apply to work with community and voluntary
organisations on either a voluntary or paid basis are interested, well motivated and suitable
for the various tasks involved. However, it is very important that organisations take all
reasonable steps to ensure that only suitable people are recruited. Unfortunately, people with
a tendency to abuse children can be attracted to the type of work that gives them the
opportunity to be with children, and this always has to be borne in mind when recruiting new
workers.
Recruiting Coaches/Volunteers
This section outlines an approach to safe recruitment and selection practices. The actual
procedures may vary according to the requirements of different organisations or groups but
the following key processes should be included:
(i) Clear definition of the role of employees or volunteers: This means clarifying and
agreeing expectations regarding the role of a new worker, and involves identifying the
minimum level of personal qualities and skills required to fill the post.
(ii) Application Form: An application form, with a clear job description and information
about the organisation should be supplied. The form should be designed, as far as possible, to
collect all relevant information about the applicant, including past experience of working
with children.
(iii) Declaration: All applicants should be required to sign a declaration stating that there is
no reason why they would be unsuitable to work with young people, and declaring any past
criminal convictions or cases pending against them. The organisation must have a clear
policy regarding the type of factors that would exclude applicants.
(iv) Interview: All applicants should be interviewed by a panel comprising of at least two
representatives of the organisation. Interviewers should explore the information stated on the
application form and assess the applicant‟s suitability for the post. The information supplied
by the applicant and any other information supplied on their behalf should only be seen by
persons directly involved in the recruitment procedure.
(v) References: An applicant should be expected to supply the names of two referees (not family
members) who will testify as to their character, their suitability to the role of employee/volunteer, or
any other issues which may affect their ability to perform the tasks required of them. At least one
referee should have first-hand knowledge of the applicant‟s previous work or contact with children.
An acceptable reference will indicate that the person is known to the referee and is considered
suitable by them to work with young people. All references should be received in writing and later
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confirmed by telephone, letter or personal visit. Any additional information should be attached to
the application form. If the applicant has had a previous involvement in sport, one of these names
must be that of an administrator/leader of your last club/place of involvement.
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(vi) Identification: The organisation should ensure that the identity of the applicant is
confirmed against some documentation (ID card, driving licence or passport) which gives his
or her full name, address together with a signature or photograph. This should be compared
with the written application.
Although a very thorough selection procedure is one of the most sensible and effective ways
of assessing a person‟s suitability to work with children and may itself act as a deterrent to
potential abusers, it is often felt as an unnecessary burden…
“But sure he only comes in one morning a week”
“I couldn‟t ask them all those questions when they‟re not even getting paid”
“She wouldn‟t give up so much of her time if she didn‟t mean well”
“All our volunteers are from the area”
“It‟s so hard to get volunteers these days – I don‟t want to put people off”
Workers are not less likely to abuse children because they are part-time or because they are
not getting paid or because they have been giving their services for years, or even because
they are a friend of a friend. You must apply the same procedure consistently with paid and
unpaid staff, part time and full-time workers alike. Although being very thorough about
assessment can seem like an unnecessary burden, the more it becomes routine throughout all
organisations working with children, the less intimidating it will be to genuine and wellmotivated applicants. At the same time, it may act as a deterrent to potential abusers, as well
as assisting in the choice of appropriate staff and volunteers.
Induction and training
When an applicant has been accepted, the following processes should apply:
(i) Induction: If, following the application and interview process the applicant is accepted,
they should then be required to undertake an induction course. Induction should be a planned
programme that enables workers to get to know the organisation, their colleagues, their job
and other organisations doing the same type of work. It should also cover expectations,
conditions and procedures for dealing with discipline, grievances and allegations, and the
organisation‟s child protection policy.
(ii) Trial period: Appointment should be conditional on the successful completion of a trial
period, the length of which should be decided at the outset. It gives an opportunity to assess
the suitability of a new worker to work with children and his or her commitment to the
organisation‟s policies on safe practices.
(iii) Records: details of selection and induction should be recorded, along with notes on any
matters arising during any part of the process.
(iv) Additional training: To maintain quality standards and good practice, training should be
provided on an ongoing basis for all workers Your Local Sports Partnerships provide
training in the form of the Child Welfare in Sport Basic Awareness Workshop and
subsequent Children‟s Officer training.
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Consider how your organisation could:
● Adopt a clear and consistent procedure for taking on new staff and volunteers
● Plan a programme for the induction of new staff and provision of ongoing training
Enfield Celtic FC will take all reasonable steps to ensure that coaches, managers and volunteers are
suitable to work with children and young people.
All coaches, managers and volunteers are required to complete an application/self declaration form,
giving the names of two referees who will then be contacted. Written references will then be verified and
kept on file. Applicants are also required to produce valid photo ID.
(If you have had a previous involvement in sport, one of these names must be that of an
administrator/leader of your last club/place of involvement)
All coaches/volunteers subject to Garda vetting (when available)
All applicants to be interviewed by Club Recruitment Committee
Following interview all appointments are subject to approval and ratification by the committee of Enfield
Celtic FC
All coaches, managers and volunteers will be subject to a sign up procedure in which they undertake to
abide by Enfield Celtic FC rules and FAI codes of conduct and good practice. (Appropriate
confidentiality will be maintained in regard to all application and reference forms)
Once recruited, Enfield Celtic FC will make all efforts to support and manage coaches, managers and
volunteers ensuring that no person is expected to work alone.
Induction: If, following the application and interview process the applicant is accepted, they
are required to undertake Enfield Celtic FC Induction Course. Induction will be a planned
programme that covers:
 Familiarisation with the Clubs policies procedures and protocols procedures for
dealing with discipline, grievances and allegations, and the organisation‟s child
protection policy.
 Coaches to get to know the organisation, their colleagues, their role
 Expectations of the Club, Coaches/Children‟s Code of Conduct
 Rules of the Club, coaching philosophy, Team Selection Criteria, Record Keeping
Guidelines,
 Safety procedures, safe use of equipment and facilities
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Reference Form
Private and Confidential
Re.
Name:______________________________________
Address:__________________________________________________________________
The above has applied for a post within the (insert club/organisation name here) and has supplied your
name as a referee. As an organisation committed to the safety/protection and happiness of children, we
are anxious to know if you are satisfied that this person is suitable to work with children in a sporting
capacity.
How long have you known this person?__________________________________
In what capacity?
Are you satisfied that the above named person is suitable to work with children in a sporting capacity?
Yes
No
(If you have answered no, we will contact you in confidence)
Please rate this person on the following (please tick)
Poor Average Good V Good Excellent
Maturity
Self Motivation
Motivation of others
Energy
Trustworthiness
Reliability
Signed________________________________ Date_____________________________
Any further Comments
Please return completed Form to: (insert Address Here)
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Enfield Celtic FC Coach, Manager, Volunteer Education & Support Policy
The Committee of Enfield Celtic FC are indebted to our coaches, managers and volunteers who give
freely of their valuable time in providing a stimulating, challenging, supportive and fun soccer experience
to children and young people in the Club.
The Committee will endeavour to support these coaches, managers and volunteers in their work by
providing an environment where all activities are carried out in a safe, fun manner at all times conducted
in the spirit of “Fair Play”.
Enfield Celtic FCwill make all efforts to assist all new volunteers, managers, coaches in whatever way
they can.
Enfield Celtic FC will provide an induction pack to all new volunteers/coaches which will
familiarise them with Club rules, policies and procedures and expected codes of behaviour for
children, coaches and parents/spectators.
Specifically in relation to those with no soccer background, the Committee have introduced a “Buddy”
system whereby new members will accompany one of our existing coaches for a (decide on a time frame)
period during which they can familiarise themselves with the Club and its members adult and
children and introduce them to some basic training routines and practice models.
The Committee of Enfield Celtic FC recognise the value of having appropriately qualified personnel in
the club, and therefore will endeavour to support any of our coaches in the coach education process.
At no time will any coach, manager, volunteer be expected to work or deal with any problem alone
and they will be assured of Committee assistance and support at all times. Also, coaches, managers
and volunteers are encouraged to share ideas, expertise and support other club personnel in any way they
can.
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Safety Policy
All coaches/managers in Enfield Celtic FC have a responsibility to ensure the safety of the players with
whom they work as far as possible within the limits of their control. Therefore coaches should seek to
create a safe and enjoyable environment in which to play and train. (Clubs are advised to carry out a risk
assessment in relation to premises, training facilities and equipment and implement appropriate
safety rules)
In this respect:
 Adequate supervision must be maintained at all times. Best practice advice would advocate
adult:child ratios of 2 Leaders to every 16 children (1:8), but no coach, manager or volunteer
works alone (Individual Clubs would need to clarify this with their individual insurance company)
 Regular safety checks should be carried out in relation to premises, training facilities and
equipment. Ensure that the FAI Goalpost safety policy is strictly adhered to at all times
 Enfield Celtic FC safety rules should be adhered to at all times
 Parents/guardians should be informed of the starting and finishing times of training sessions and
matches.
 A first aid kit should be available at all training sessions and matches and injuries should be
recorded, with a note of action taken in relation to each one. Never play injured players.
 Parents/Guardians should be notified of injuries/illness which their children incur while
participating in any Enfield Celtic FC soccer activity.
 Records of attendance should be maintained
Ensure the use of any recommended safety equipmenta
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Substance Abuse Policy
In Enfield Celtic FC the use of drugs, alcohol and tobacco shall be actively discouraged as being
incompatible with a healthy approach to sporting activity.
Coaches/managers shall not smoke when taking a session or drink alcohol before taking a session.
In relation to our under-age teams Enfield Celtic FC shall endeavour to organise receptions and
celebrations in a nonalcoholic environment and in a manner that is suitable for the age group concerned.
Where this is not possible, the Club will comply with the Football Association of Ireland directive that
under no circumstances whatsoever can any person under the age of 18 years consume alcohol and
any and all appropriate steps should be taken to ensure that this policy is strictly adhered to.
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Our coaches/managers/committee shall act as role models for appropriate behaviour and refrain from
drinking alcohol at such functions
Enfield Celtic FC Club Children’s Officer/s
The appointment of Club Children‟s Officers is an essential element in the creation of a quality
atmosphere in any club. They act as a resource to members with regard to children‟s issues and also
ensure that children have a voice in the running of the club and can freely talk of their experiences.
Government guidelines advise that a children‟s officer should be appointed by all clubs and this should be
done in accordance with recommended selection and recruitment procedures. The appointment of this
person should be carried out in consultation with juvenile members and their parent/guardians.
The League/Club Children‟s Officer should
 Have good communication skills, be approachable and open minded
 Have good knowledge and be familiar with their Child Welfare and Protection
Codes and Guidelines Children First 2011
 Have an understanding of relevant child welfare/protection legislation,
 Have undertaken a Garda Vetting application (when available)
 Have attended the relevant awareness training on child welfare and protection and
availed of Children‟s Officer training
The League/Club Children‟s Officer will have the following functions:
 To promote the Code of Ethics & Good Practice
 To influence policy and practice and to prioritise children‟s needs
 To ensure that children know how and whom they can report their concerns to within the
club. Information disclosed by a child should be dealt with in accordance with the
Department of Health and Children‟s Guidelines “Children First”
 To encourage the participation of parents/guardians in club activities
 To co-operate with parents to ensure that each child enjoys his/her participation in soccer
 To act as a resource with regard to best practice in children‟s soccer
 To report regularly to the Club Management Committee
 To monitor changes in membership and follow up any unusual dropout, absenteeism or club
transfers by children or coach/volunteers
Club/League Children’s Officers do not have the responsibility of investigating or validating child
protection concerns within the club and have no counselling or therapeutic role. This responsibility
lies with the HSE and Gardai.
Enfield Celtic FC have appointed she/he as our Children‟s Officer and
can be contacted at
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Guidance on the Use of Photographic and Filming Equipment
Many people use cameras and video equipment at soccer activities and the vast majority, do so for
perfectly legitimate reasons. However there is evidence that people have used sporting events to take
inappropriate photographs and video footage of children and young people in vulnerable positions.
Enfield Celtic FC has adopted a policy in relation to the use of images of players on their websites and
in other publications.
Where possible we will try to use models or illustrations when promoting an activity and avoid the use of
the first name and surname of individuals in a photograph. This reduces the risk of inappropriate,
unsolicited attention from people within and outside the sport.
Rules to guide use of photography:
 If the player is named, avoid using their photograph.
 If a photograph is used, avoid naming the player.
 Ask for the player‟s permission to use their image. This ensures that they are aware of the way the
image is to be used to represent the sport. A player‟s permission form is one way of achieving this.
 Ask for parental permission to use their image. This ensures that they are aware of the way the image
is to be used to represent the sport. A parental permission form is one way of achieving this.
 Only use images of players in suitable dress to reduce the risk of inappropriate use. The content of
the photograph should focus on the activity not on a particular child
Create recognised procedures for reporting the use of inappropriate images to reduce the risks to player‟s.
Follow the child protection procedures, ensuring either the designated person or, if necessary, the health
boards and/or gardai are informed.
Amateur photographers/film/video operators wishing to record an event or practice session should seek
permission/accreditation with the children‟s officer, team manager/coach and/or event organiser of
session. This club / organisation will display the following information prior to the start of an event to
inform spectators of the policy:
“In line with the recommendation in the Enfield Celtic FC Code of Conduct, the promoters of this event
request that any person wishing to engage in any video, zoom or close range photography should register
their details with the organisers. Children and young people should only be photographed or filmed with
their permission and/or the permission of their parents/guardian”.
When commissioning professional photographers or inviting the press to an activity or event we will aim
to ensure they are clear about our expectations of them in relation to child protection.
Professional photographers/film/video operators wishing to record an event or practice session should
seek accreditation with the children‟s officer/event organiser/team manager by producing their
professional identification for the details to be recorded.
We will then:
 Provide a clear brief about what is considered appropriate in terms of content and behaviour
 Issue the photographer with identification which must be worn at all times
 Keep a record of accreditations
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 Inform players and parents that a photographer will be in attendance at an event and ensure
they consent to both the taking and publication of films or photographs
 Not allow unsupervised access to athletes or one to one photo sessions at events
 not approve/allow photo sessions outside the events or at an athlete‟s home
Videoing as a coaching aid: Video equipment can be used as a legitimate coaching aid. However,
permission should first be obtained from the player and the player‟s parent/carer.
Clubs should also be aware of the dangers of permitting camera phones in dressing rooms and should
apply appropriate safety rules.
Anyone concerned about any photography taking place at events/matches or training sessions should
bring their concerns to the attention of the committee/team manager/coach children’s officer.
Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are often given to children for security, enabling parents to keep in touch and make sure
they are safe. Young people value their phones highly as it offers them a sense of independence. In
addition mobile phones allow quick and easy contact, which can make a safe and efficient way to carry
out club business. However such technology has also allowed an increase in direct personal contact with
young people, in some cases used to cross personal boundaries and cause harm to young people.
Therefore, we need to encourage responsible and secure use of mobile phones by adults and young
people.
Therefore club personnel should advise children:
 If you receive an offensive photo, email or message, do not reply, save it, make a note of
times and dates and tell a parent or children‟s officer/designated person within the club.
 Be careful about who you give your phone number to and don‟t respond to unfamiliar
numbers
 Change your phone number in cases of bullying or harassment
 Don‟t use the phone in certain locations; inappropriate use of your camera phone may cause
upset or offence to another person, e.g. changing rooms
 Treat your phone as you would any other valuable item so that you guard against theft
As a coach/manager remember:
 Use only group texts for communication among players and teams and inform parents of this
at the start of the season
 It is not appropriate to have constant communication for individual players
Don‟t use the phone in certain locations; inappropriate use of your camera phone may cause upset or
offence to another person, e.g. changing rooms
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Travelling Guidelines
When travelling with young people coaches/volunteers of (insert club name here) should:
 Ensure that there is adequate insurance cover
 Not carry more than the permitted number of passengers
 Ensure the use of safety belts
 Keep to the rules of the road
 Avoid being alone with one player; if with one player you could: put the passenger in the back seat,
drop off at central locations, get parental permission for transporting children on a regular basis, and
clearly state times of pick off and drop off.
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Touching Guidelines
All managers/volunteers of Enfield Celtic FC are advised that:
Any necessary physical contact should be in response to the needs of the child and not the adult
It should be in an open environment with the permission and full understanding of the player
It should be determined by the age and developmental stage of the player. You should not anything that a
child can do for him/herself
Coaches should not treat injuries out of sight of others. Use a “Two-Deep” (two personnel, or two players)
supervision system. Only personnel who are qualified in administering First Aid or treating sports injuries
should attempt to treat an injury.
The comfort level and dignity of the player should always be the priority. Example: Only uncover the
injured area, or cover private areas of the athlete’s body.
Any doubts of a medical nature should be passed on to a suitably qualified medical person.
Coaches should not play injured players.
Comforting/congratulating players is an important part of the relationship between coaches and
players.
Guidelines for this type of touch are:
Limit touching to “safe” areas, such as hand-to-shoulder. It should not involve touching genital area,
buttocks, breasts, or mouths.
Make your intention to congratulate or comfort clear to the player.
Get permission from the player before embracing them – remember that personnel are in the position of
power.
Respect a players discomfort or rejection of physical contact.
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Be sure that touching occurs only when others are present.
Avoid unnecessary physical contact and never engage in inappropriate touching
Enfield Celtic FC
Guidance on the use of Sanctions
Discipline in Soccer
Discipline in soccer should always be positive in focus, providing the structures and rules that allow
players to set their own goals and strive for them. It should encourage players to become more
responsible for themselves and their actions and therefore more independent.
Discipline should be a positive reinforcement for effort. It should encourage the development of
emotional and social skills as well as skills in soccer. Players have to be helped to become responsible for
the decisions and choices they make within soccer, particularly when it is likely to make a difference
between playing fairly or unfairly.
There is no place in soccer for fighting, bullying, over aggressive or dangerous behaviour.
At all times, players should treat others in a respectful manner. They should never bully, interfere with or
take unfair advantage of others.
The use of sanctions is an important element in the maintenance of discipline. However
Coaches/Managers/Volunteers and Administrators should have a clear understanding of where and when
particular sanctions are appropriate.
It should be remembered that effectively controlled organisations and successful
coaches/managers/volunteers are characterised by the sparring use of sanctions. The age and
developmental stage of the child should be taken into account when using sanctions.
Sanctions should always be fair, consistent and applied evenly, and in the case of a persistent offence,
should be progressively applied.
The following steps are suggested:
 Rules should be clearly stated and agreed
 A warning should be given if a rule is broken
 A sanction (use of time out for example) should be applied if a rule is broken for a second
time
 If a rule is broken three or more times, the child should be spoken to and parents/guardians
involved if necessary
 Sanctions should only be used in a corrective way that is intended to help children improve
both now and in the future. They should never be used in retaliation or to make
coach/manager/volunteer feel better or more powerful
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 When violations of the team rules or other misbehaviours occur, sanctions should always be
applied in an impartial and fair manner
 Sanctions should never be used as threats. If a rule is broken, the appropriate sanction/s
should implemented consistently, fairly and firmly
 Sanctions should not be applied if the coach/manager/volunteer is not comfortable with
them. If an appropriate action cannot be devised immediately, the child should be told that
the matter will be dealt with later, at a specified time and as soon as is possible
 Once a sanction/s has been imposed, it is important to make the child feel s/he is a valued
member of the team again
 A child should be helped, to understand if necessary why sanction/s are imposed
 A child should not be sanctioned for making errors whilst playing soccer
 Physical activity (e.g. running laps or doing push ups) should not be used as a sanction as to
do so may cause a child to resent physical activity which is something that s/he should learn
to enjoy throughout his/her life. Remember Soccer has to be Fun if participants are to
continue playing
 Sanctions should be used sparingly. Constant criticism and sanctioning can cause
participants to turn away from Soccer
Adapted from the Irish Sports Councils Code of Ethics & Good Practice for Children‟s Sport
(2005)
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Code of Conduct for
Spectators
 Remember that although children play organised soccer they are not miniature professionals.
Don‟t place excessive pressure on children to perform to unrealistically high expectations.
Children play soccer to develop their skills, to have fun and enjoy the game.
 Be on your best behaviour and lead by example. The behaviour of a teams supporters will
often be remembered long after the result of the game. Be remembered for the right reasons.
 Applaud good play, sportsmanship and best effort by the visiting team as well as your own.
 Welcome and respect all your teams opponents. Without them there would be no match.
 Condemn the use of violence in all forms at every opportunity.
 Verbal abuse of players, match officials or opposing supporters cannot be accepted in any
shape or form. Players or match officials should never be regarded as fair targets for ignorant
or abusive behaviour.
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Players Code of Conduct
Children in Enfield Celtic FC are entitled to:
 Be safe
 Be treated with dignity, sensitivity and respect
 Participate in soccer on an equal basis, appropriate to their ability and stage of development.
 Enfield Celtic FC have decided that all players are entitled to a minimum playing time
of 15 minutes per match. (Consult League rules in this regard) Criteria for team
selection should be clearly defined.
 Be happy, have fun and enjoy soccer
 Make a complaint in an appropriate way and have it dealt with through a proper and
effective complaints procedure
 Be afforded appropriate confidentiality
 Be listened to and to be believed
 Have a voice in the running of the club
Children should also be encouraged to realise that they also have responsibilities to treat other children,
fellow players, coaches and volunteers with the same degree of fairness and respect.
In this regard children in Enfield Celtic FC should undertake to:
 play fairly, do their best and have fun
 be on their best behaviour at all times
 abide by all club rules
 make high standards of Fair Play the standard others want to follow
 respect opponents, they are not the enemy, they are partners in a sporting event
 shake hands before and after the match, whoever wins
 give opponents a hand if they are injured, put the ball out of play so they can get attention
 accept apologies from opponents when they are offered
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 respect fellow team members and support them both when they do well and when things go
wrong
 treat players from minority groups with the same respect you show other people
 be modest in victory and be gracious in defeat- “Be A Sport”
 approach the club Children‟s Officer with any questions or concerns they might have.
Coaches and parents should encourage children to speak out and support them in doing so
Children in Enfield Celtic FC should not:
 cheat
 use abusive language, or argue with, the referee, officials, team mates or opponents
 use violence, use physical contact only when it is allowed within the rules
 bully
 tell lies about adults or other children
 spread rumours
 take banned substances to improve performance
 keep secrets about any person who may have caused them harm
 behave in any manner that may bring the name of (insert club name here) into disrepute
In Enfield Celtic FC we want children in Enfield Celtic FC to have fun and develop skills in a safe and
Fair Play environment where standards of behaviour are just as important as winning.
We recognise that competition and winning is an important goal, but winning at all costs does not meet
the needs of young players.
Enfield Celtic FC are aware that recent research would suggest that increasing numbers of children leave
sport between the ages of eight and thirteen. A number of the most common reasons given were; that
sport was no longer fun, they did not get to play and overemphasis on winning.
Therefore we have to make every effort to ensure that we keep a balanced approach to competition, make
sure all players get a chance to play and strive to keep the fun in soccer.
Making sport fun.
In promoting “Sport for Fun” we in Enfield Celtic FC will insist on:
 Encouraging participation and fun
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 Promoting the development of skills as opposed to winning at all costs
 Ensure a minimum playing time of 15 minutes per match per player (time may vary
according to League Rules)
 Emphasising and praising effort
 Acting as a good role models
 Insisting on Fair Play (we will take off offending players)
 Being realistic with our expectations
 Being aware of children‟s feelings
 Teaching players to respect different cultures
 Teaching players that standards of behaviour are just as important as winning

Codes of behaviour between Coaches/Volunteers and children
All Clubs/Leagues should establish a code of behaviour between workers and children, to
avoid the possibility of misunderstanding, or the potential for allegations of misconduct.
Such codes should include the following guidance:
● Coaches/Volunteers should be sensitive to the risks involved in participating in contact
sports or other activities
● While physical contact is a valid way of comforting, reassuring and showing concern
for children, it should only take place when it is acceptable to all persons concerned.
● Coaches/Volunteers should never physically punish or be in any way verbally abusive
to a child, nor should they even tell jokes of a sexual nature in the presence of children.
● Coaches/Volunteers should be sensitive to the possibility of developing favouritism, or
becoming over involved or spending a great deal of time with any one child.
● Children should be encouraged to report cases of bullying to either a designated
person, or a Coach/Volunteer of their choice. Complaints must be brought to the
attention of management Committee.
● Everyone involved in the Club/League should respect the personal space, safety and
privacy of individuals.
● It is not recommended that workers give lifts in their cars to individual young people,
especially for long journeys.
All workers should agree this code and it should form part of any future induction
training introduced in your Club/League
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Best Practice-Coaches
In keeping children and young people at the forefront of planning and practice, our coaches can be
confident that participants will enjoy their football experiences and that their actions are regarded as safe
and in keeping with the principle that the safety and welfare of children is of paramount consideration.
Our Coaches are given a position of trust by parents/guardians and players, and are expected to operate to
the highest standards of behaviour (Act as a Good Role Model) whilst in the company of under age
players (under 18years). Our coaches are also expected not to engage in any activity that could reasonably
be viewed as bringing the club or soccer in general into disrepute.
It is important to for our coaches to note that in adhering to these guidelines ensures not only a safe
environment for children but also a safe environment in which coaches and volunteers can operate.
Most coaches work in an environment where it is recognised that, in a sporting context, certain types of
coaching require a „hands on approach‟, i.e., it may be necessary to support a participant in order to
physically demonstrate a particular technique. This should only occur when necessary and in an open and
appropriate way with the knowledge, permission and full understanding of the participant concerned and
his/her parents/guardians.
Coaches must realise that certain situations or friendly actions could be misinterpreted, not only by the
player, but by outsiders motivated by jealousy, dislike or mistrust and could lead to allegations of sexual
misconduct or impropriety. Therefore coaches should be aware of, and avoid all situations conducive to
risk.
Where possible, our coaches/volunteers should avoid:
 Spending excessive amounts of time with children away from others.
 Taking sessions alone (always employ “Two Deep” supervision).
 Taking children to their homes.
 Taking children on journeys alone in their care.
Our Coaches/volunteers should never:
 Exert undue influence over a participant in order to obtain personal benefit or reward.
 Share a room with a young person alone on away trips.
 Engage in rough physical games, sexually provocative games or allow or engage in
 inappropriate touching of any kind, and/or make sexually suggestive comments about or to a
child.
 Use any form of corporal punishment or physical force on a young person.
 Take measurements or engage in certain types of fitness testing without the presence of another
adult and permission from the Committee
 Undertake any form of therapy (hypnosis etc.) in the training of young people.•
Safety
Coaches have a responsibility to ensure the safety of all players possible within the limits of their control.
Therefore, coaches should seek to create a safe and enjoyable environment in which to play and train.
In this respect:
 Regular safety checks should be carried out in relation to premises, training facilities and
equipment. Any problems should be brought to the attention of the Committee
 Appropriate safety rules should be adopted and implemented and protective equipment should be
used in any contact training session.
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 Parents/guardians should be informed of the starting and finishing times of training
sessions and matches.
 A first aid kit should be available at all training sessions /matches and injuries should be
recorded, with a note of action taken in relation to each one.
 Parents/Guardians should be notified of injuries/illness which their children incur while
participating in any football activity
 Never play injured players.
 Ensure that the FAI Goalpost safety policy is strictly adhered to at all times