CODE OF CONDUCT – MEMBERS & GUESTS
Members and Guests of Canoe Avon are required to abide by the provisions of this Code of Conduct and any subsequent updates as may be in force from time to time, and by their presence on club premises or at club events or activities are deemed to have accepted and to abide by the provisions of this Code and any other relevant Codes of Conduct, Rules or Regulations the Club has adopted.
All Members and Guests of Canoe Avon Club will:
- Take into account River conditions and seek advice where necessary. This will include recognition of water quality and the limiting of swimming and immersion particularly in low and slow flow periods and around bank areas. It is recommended to shower after all River activities.
- Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person within the context of Canoeing
- Treat everyone equally and not discriminate on the grounds of age, gender, disability, race, ethnic origin, nationality, colour, parental or marital status, religious belief, class or social background, sexual preference or political belief
- Not condone, or allow to go unchallenged, any form of discrimination if witnessed
- Display high standards of behaviour
- Promote the positive aspects of Canoeing
- Encourage all participants to learn the rules and respect the decisions of coaches & the committee
- Place the well-being and safety of children above the development of performance
- Ensure that activities are appropriate for the age, maturity, experience and ability of the individual
- Respect all participants opinions when making decisions about their participation in Canoeing
- Not smoke, drink or use banned substances whilst actively working with the Club.
- Not provide children with alcohol when they are under the care of the Club
- Report any concerns in relation to a child, following reporting procedures laid down by the BCU
- Always work in an open environment (i.e. avoid private or unobserved situations and encourage an open environment)
- Ensure that physical contact is appropriate and necessary and is carried out within recommended guidelines with the young player’s full consent and approval
- Not engage in any form of sexually related contact with a young member under the age of 18. This is strictly forbidden as is sexual innuendo, flirting or inappropriate gestures and terms. The BCU adopts the Home Office guidelines which recommend the principle -“People in positions of trust and authority do not have sexual relationships with under 18 year olds in their care”
- If a breach of the provisions or principles of this Code occurs or is reasonably suspected to have occurred the Club reserves the right to take such action as it deems appropriate, including but not limited to asking the person responsible for the breach to leave the Club premises. Any disciplinary or complaint hearings in connection with a breach of these rules shall be dealt with in accordance with the disciplinary procedure as set out in the Club constitution
* Members and Guests include all members, officers and volunteers of the Canoe Club and all guests of those members, officers and volunteers, as well as all individuals who watch / attend & participate in sessions or events hosted by the club in whatever capacity.