Finding A Good Club For Your Child

What is a good club?

A good club will:

  • Have a club welfare officer
  • Have a safeguarding children policy
  • Welcome questions about their activities
  • To work with children
  • Have a written code of conduct for club officials, players and spectators
  • Offer support and training to volunteers and staff
  • Have a qualified coach
  • Have a qualified first aider
  • Have an equality policy
  • Have a club complaints procedure

 

Choosing the right club

Choosing a club that has achieved Clubmark will ensure that all of the above are in place. More information on Clubmark clubs can be found in the Club section.

Remember:

All affiliated clubs must have a Safeguarding Children Policy and a Club Welfare Officer in place. If you want to know more about how a club operates or to get involved with volunteering at a club just ask. A good club will be happy to let you now how they organise things. Most clubs are looking for new members and especially volunteers.

You have a right and a responsibility to ensure that your children are safe at all times.

 

What should you be wary of?

The following list is courtesy of the NSPCC’s A Guide to Help Parents and Carers Choose Children’s Activities, 2006:

  • Activities where parents are discouraged from staying to watch or become involved
  • Behaviour or activities that encourage rough play, sexual innuendo or humiliating punishments
  • Individuals who take charge and operate independently of organisational guidelines
  • Individuals who show favouritism or personally reward specific children
  • Encouragement of inappropriate physical contact
  • Poor communication and lack of parental involvement, leaving you feeling uneasy
  • Children who drop out or stop going for no apparent reason 
  • Invitations for children to spend time alone with staff or volunteers (or even visit their home)

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