Code of Ethics and Behaviour

England Hockey has a Code of Ethics & Behaviour which covers people involved in hockey in this country. Sevenoaks Hockey Club completely supports this code.

This Code encapsulates all of the sporting, moral and ethical principles that hockey represents and is intended for all participants and disciplines within the sport however they choose to participate – as a player, umpire, coach, official, volunteer or a parent supporting on the sidelines.

Everyone involved in the sport should promote equality of access and opportunity, fairness and respect. All those involved within hockey have a responsibility to act according to the highest standards of integrity and to ensure that the reputation of the sport is, and remains, high.

Click here for the England Hockey Code of Ethics and Behaviour

Codes of Conduct

Coaches should:

Be publicly open when working with children and avoid situations where coach and individual children are completely unobserved.
Not conduct meetings with children while they are changing.
Not be alone in a changing room with children.
Avoid taking children alone on car journeys or home, unless with parent consent.
Never engage in rough activities.
Not carry out sexually provocative games.
Not allow children to use inappropriate language unchallenged.
Not make sexually suggestive comments to a child, even in fun.
Not never do things of a personal nature for children which they are able to do for themselves.
Not Invite or allow children to stay at their house unsupervised.
Make sure bad behaviour by children is challenged and not allow bullying.

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Players should:

Treat others with respect.
Play by the rules.
Be independent and take responsibility for your own decisions on the pitch.
Co-operate with coaches, umpires, team-mates.
Acknowledge, respect and thank officials and opposing players.
Show patience with others.
Accept decisions of umpires or coaches without question.
Never use foul language.
Control their temper and act with dignity at all times.
Wear suitable kit.
Speak out about concerning matters.
Not smoke, consume alcohol, or take drugs when representing the club.
Remember that the aim of the game is to have fun.

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Parents and Spectators should:

Find out what their child wants from the sport.
Encourage ‘playing by the rules’.
Teach their children about honesty and teamwork.
Recognise the value and importance of coaches.
Set an example of being friendly.
Support a child’s involvement.
Remember that good sporting habits fostered now will last a lifetime.
Not force an unwilling child to participate.
Never punish or belittle a child for making a mistake or losing.
Not undermine the authority of coaches or team managers.
Not question publicly the officials’ judgement and honesty.
Never harass, or argue with players, coaches, umpires, or other spectators.

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Health and Safety Policy Statement & Guidance

Policy Statement

Sevenoaks Hockey Club has a duty of care to safeguard its members, and its Health & Safety Policy forms a vital part of that process. Its general policy is:
to provide adequate control of the health and safety risks arising from our sporting activities.
to consult with all who are working on behalf of the club on matters affecting their health and safety.
to provide and maintain a safe playing environment and equipment.
to provide information, instructions and supervision of coaches and other volunteers.
to ensure that coaches and other volunteers are competent to do their tasks, and to give them adequate training.
to prevent accidents.
to maintain safe and healthy working conditions.
to review and revise this policy as necessary.

Risk Assessment

In order to discharge its responsibilities, individual coaches and other volunteers working for Sevenoaks Hockey Club will endeavour to assess the risks at the place of activities (at each home venue), using the following five steps:
Step 1 – Look for the hazards.
Step 2 – Decide who might be at risk.
Step 3 – Evaluate the risks and decide whether the existing precautions are adequate or whether more should be done.
Step 4 – Record the findings.
Step 5 – Review the assessment and revise it if necessary.

Good Practice for Coaches

It is good practice to:
Have a first aid box with you at all times, and know how to use it for minor injuries and where to summon help for major injuries, as stated in the Club’s First Aid Procedures document.
Always have access to a mobile phone for contacting the emergency services.
Familiarise yourself with any emergency procedures appropriate for the particular venue.
Check the facilities you use meet safety standards, that the area is safe and free from obstacles or other dangers such as glass, animal excrement, etc.
Make sure that players are appropriately dressed for the activity (shin pads, mouth guards, tracksuit) and surface (boots/trainers). Pay special attention to goalkeepers.
Improve your competency by attending sports specific and generic training courses.

In respect to the Junior Section

Maintain a register of attendance, together with medical information and emergency contact details.
Check that facility equipment and personal equipment is kept in a good state of repair and is suitable for the age and ability of the players.
Establish participants’ previous experience, and schedule the frequency and length of practice and games to take into account the age and ability of players.
Raise ongoing concerns with the Club Child Protection Officer in order that preventative action can be determined and the procedures revised.

Safeguarding and Protecting Young People

Safeguarding means promoting the safety and welfare of young people. Safeguarding is a term used to incorporate good practice and is wider than “Child Protection”. Child protection is still an essential element of this policy and is about acting on concerns about a young person or individual.

This policy has been formulated in accordance with guidance from the NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) and in line with Government guidance.

Central Principles:

1. The Young person’s welfare is paramount.
2. All Junior section members, whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin religious belief and/or sexual identity have the right to protection from abuse.
3. All suspicions and allegations of abuse must be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.

Young people are defined as being “under 18 years of age.

Please click on this link to England Hockey’s policy documents on safeguarding. Sevenoaks Hockey Club understand the National Governing Bodies policy on safeguarding, and adheres to the documents in part fulfilment to satisfy the Clubmark award.

In addition the club will:

Provide a membership form for young people providing details of any medical condition or allergy relevant to potential medical treatment, and parental medical consent for necessary emergency treatment.
Adopt procedures which should ensure that all their coaches are suited to working with children.
NB: If any coach has concerns that abuse may have taken place they should complete a Child Welfare Incident Report Form.

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Welfare Process

If at any time you have concerns or are made aware on an incident please support Sevenoaks Hockey Club by following the simple steps below.

Remember it is not your responsibility to decide to investigate if abuse has occurred. It is your responsibility to take action, however slight your concern.

Step 1:
If a child shows signs of abuse or an incident is reported to a member of staff about abuse. Remember to be calm, reassure the child. Be honest, do not make promises you can’t keep. Keep questions to a minimum. Make notes so you can fill out the England Hockey Child Protection Investigation Report Form

Step 2:
Determine if immediate treatment is necessary and if yes continue with Step 3: If “No” go to Step 7.

Step 3:
Take child to hospital or call ambulance

Step 4:
Inform Doctor of concerns – Doctor will take further action

Step 5:
Ensure that the Club Welfare Officer is made aware of the Incident and with her support fill out the England Hockey Child Protection Incident Report Form and pass it to the England Hockey Child Welfare Officer

Step 6:
Help authorities investigate
You will have the support of the Club Welfare Officer throughout the process

Step 7: (If immediate treatment is not necessary)
Inform the person in charge and/or the club Child Welfare Officer.

Step 8:
With the support of the Club Welfare Officer fill in the England Hockey Child Protection Incident Report Form.

Step 9:
The Club Welfare Officer will report the incident to the England Hockey Child Welfare Officer

Step 10:
(If available) Area/Region Child Welfare Officer to contact Social Services, Police or NSPCC if not already informed
(If not available) Club Welfare Officer will contact Social Services, Police or NSPCC (0800 800 500)

Does the allegation involve a family member or carer?
If Yes – Do not inform the Parents/Carer without discussing with Social services or Police first
If No – Inform the parents/carer with the agreement of Social Services or Police

Step 11:
At this point no further action is required.
The Club Welfare Officer will act as a focal point with England Hockey and will monitor the progress of the investigation into the incident until complete.
Sevenoaks Hockey Club and all participants thank you for your support in this matter


Club Welfare Officer – Alison Denniff
Mobile: 07745 947679
Email: alisondenniff@btinternet.com

Tel: 0808 800 5000
Web Site: www.nspcc.org.uk

England Hockey

Alison Hogg to report a safeguarding concern.

Phone 01628 897500

Email alison.hogg@englandhockey.co.uk

Local Authority Children’s Social Care Dept (Social Services) – ask for Duty Manager
Web Site: http://www.everychildmatters.gov.uk/socialcare/safeguarding/lscb/

Police (Child Protection Team).
In an emergency call 999.

Samaritans (will hold the number of Social Services Duty Officers contact details in an emergency)
Tel: 08457 90 90 90
Web Site: www.samaritans.org

The following organisations offer specialist support and advice to young people, parents, individuals and organisations
Tel: 0207 730 3300
Web: www.kidscape.org.uk
Help with: Support on bullying

Tel: 0800 1111
Web: www.childline.org.uk
Help with: Free helpline for children and young people

NSPCC – Child Protection in Sport Unit
Tel: 01162 34 7278
Email: cpsu@nspcc.org.uk
Web: www.thecpsu.org.uk
Help with: Sport specific advice on safeguarding and protecting young people.

NSPCC – 24hr helpline
Tel: 0808 800 5000
Web: www.nspcc.org.uk
Help with: National Society for the Protection of Children

Tel: 0808 800 5000
Web: www.thereforeme.com
Help with: Support and advice for 12-16 yr olds via the website

Victim Support
Helpline: 0845 3030 900
Web: www.victimsupport.org.uk
Help with: Provide emotional support, information and practical advice for victims and witnesses.

The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy
Tel: 0870 443 5252
Web: http://www.bacp.co.uk

Local Safeguarding Children’s Board
Web: http://www.everychildmatters.gov.uk/socialcare/safeguarding/lscb/
Help with: Education and training opportunity

Government Guidance
Web: www.everychildmatters.gov.uk
Help with: Government guidance on safeguarding and protecting young people