The Corner Brook Soccer Club has developed the following Child Protection Code of Conduct to guide our employees/volunteers in their interactions with children. The safety, rights and well-being of children we serve are at the core of CBSC’s daily programs. The Corner Brook Soccer Club nurtures supportive relationships with children while balancing and encouraging appropriate boundaries.
The Corner Brook Soccer Club is committed to ensuring all children are protected and safe. A Code of Conduct is an important part of creating safe environments for children. The safety, rights and well-being of children participating in our programs is a priority in the daily operations of the Corner Brook Soccer Club. The intent of the Code of Conduct is to guide the Club’s staff and volunteers in developing healthyrelationships with the children involved in sport programs delivered by CBSC, and to model appropriate boundaries for children.
It is important to monitor your own behaviour towards children, and pay close attention to the
behaviour of your peers to ensure that behaviour is appropriate and respectful and will be perceived as such by others.
- known to CBSC and the parents of the child
- tied to your duties, and
- designed to develop the child’s skills within CBSC programming
Always consider the child’s reaction to any activities, conversations, behaviour or other interactions. If at any time you are in doubt about the appropriateness of your own behaviour or the behaviour of others, you should discuss it with the Executive Director of the Corner Brook Soccer Club.
WHAT CONSTITUTES INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOUR?
Inappropriate behaviour includes:
Spending unauthorized time with a child outside of designated CBSC duties.
Singling out a child or certain children and providing special privileges and attention. For
example, paying a lot of attention to, giving or sending personalized gifts, or allowing privileges that are excessive, unwarranted or inappropriate.
Using a personal cell phone, camera or video to take pictures of a child, or allowing any other person to do so, as well as uploading or copying any pictures you may have taken of a child to the Internet or any personal storage device. Pictures taken as part of your job duties are acceptable, however, the pictures are to remain with the organization and not be used by you in a personal capacity. Inappropriate behaviour also includes:
suggestive, explicit or personal.
calendars, literature, photographs, screen savers, or displaying such material in plain view of a
child, or making such material available to a child
Whether or not a particular behavior or action constitutes inappropriate behaviour will be a matter determined by CBSC having regard to all of the circumstances, including past behaviour, and allegations or suspicions related to such behaviour.
All staff and volunteers must report suspected child sexual abuse, inappropriate behaviour or incidents that they become aware of, whether the behaviour or incidents were personally witnessed or not.
Keep in mind that you may learn of potentially illegal or inappropriate behaviour through the child or some other third party, or you may witness it first-hand. Examples of the type behaviour you may learn of or witness and that you must report as set out above includes:
If you are not sure whether the issue you have witnessed or heard about involves potentially illegal behaviour or inappropriate behaviour, discuss the issue with the Executive Director who will support you through the process.
Remember: You have an independent duty to report all suspicions of potentially illegal behaviour directly to police and/or child welfare.