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APPENDIX 7

BOVEY CASTLE GC

Managing Challenging Behaviour

Staff/volunteers who deliver sports activities to children may, on occasions, be required to

deal with a child's challenging behaviour.

These guidelines aim to promote good practice and are based on the following principles:

• The welfare of the child is the paramount consideration.

• Children must never be subject to any form of treatment that is harmful, abusive,

humiliating or degrading.

• The specific needs a child may have (e.g. communication, behaviour management,

comprehension and so on) should be discussed with their parent/carer and where

appropriate the child, before activities start. Where appropriate it may be helpful to

record the details of any agreed plan or approach and provide copies to all parties.

• Every child should be supported to participate. Consideration to exclude a child from

activities should apply only as a last resort and after all efforts to address any challenge

have been exhausted, in exceptional circumstances where the safety of that child or of

other children cannot be maintained.

Planning Activities

Planning for activities should include consideration of whether any child involved may need

additional support or supervision to participate safely. This should address:

• Assessment of additional risk associated with the child's behaviour

• Appropriate supervision ratios and whether numbers of adults should be increased

• Information sharing for all/volunteers on managing any challenging behaviour to

ensure a consistent approach

• Specialist expertise or support that may be needed from carers or outside agencies.

This is particularly relevant where it is identified that a child may need a level of

physical intervention to participate safely (see below).

Agreeing Acceptable and Unacceptable Behaviours

Staff, volunteers, children, young people and parents/carers should be involved in developing

an agreement about:

• what constitutes acceptable and unacceptable behaviour (code of conduct)

• the range of sanctions which may be applied in response to unacceptable behaviour.

This can be done at the start of the season, in advance of a trip away from home or as part

of a welcome session at a residential camp. It should involve the views of children and young

people to encourage better buy in and understanding.

Where challenges are anticipated in light, for example of a child's impairment or other

medical condition, a clear plan/agreement should be established and written down.

Ensure that parents/carers understand the expectations on their children and ask them to

reinforce this ahead of any trip or activity.

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