Fencing is a great activity for children and provides a number of benefits, not just in terms of physical activity. Taking part in fencing can help build self-esteem, confidence, and can help build social skills. Participation also can teach children the benefits of goal-setting and practice, which can support other areas of a child’s life. The impact can be accelerated by good coaching practice. It is the responsibility of the coach to understand and follow the relevant policies and procedures.
Child Protection Policy. Coaches should be aware of the child protection policy. This should include:
Remember it is not the responsibility of a coach to decide if a child is being abused but to act on any concerns you may have.
Coaches Code of Conduct. Coaches should role models high standards of behaviour and the codes of conduct provide a good reference to some of those.
Health & Safety. All those running activity should be aware of, and follow, the appropriate health & safety policy. This should include:
The rights, dignity and worth of everyone should be respected and everyone should be treated equally within the context of their sport. Coaches should be aware of, and work within the relevant equity policy.
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