Chess Scotland

The home of Chess in Scotland

Chess Scotland

The home of Chess in Scotland

Chess Scotland

The home of Chess in Scotland

Guidelines

If you are aware that a child has been harmed:

  • Immediately remove that child from any further harm.
  • Make sure that the person who may have harmed the child is kept away from the child.
  • Inform the police and ambulance (if necessary).
  • Ensure that the parents are informed provided they are not the party who harmed the child.
  • Record the facts as you know them and give a copy to the police and a copy to the PVG lead signatory.

If you are a child who has been harmed:

  • Speak to a parent or other adult you know and trust, tell the truth and do not exaggerate.
  • Phone childline on 0800 1111 and/or look at the website ChildLine

If you have reason to suspect a child has been harmed. Be aware that if something does not appear right it probably is not right:

  • Immediately inform the PVG lead signatory.
  • Record the facts as you know them and give a copy to the PVG lead signatory.
  • Ensure that the child has access to an independent adult.
  • Ensure access to confidential. information is restricted to appropriate officials on a ‘need to know’ basis.

If a child tells you that they are being abused or harmed in some other way:

  • Allow the child to speak without interruption, accepting what is said.
  • Alleviate feelings of guilt and isolation, while passing no judgement.
  • Advise that you will try to offer support, but that you must pass the information on.
  • Immediately inform the PVG lead signatory.
  • Record the facts as you know them and give a copy to the PVG lead signatory.
  • Ensure that the child has access to an independent adult.
  • Ensure access to confidential information is restricted to appropriate officials on a ‘need to know’ basis.

Code of Conduct and Guidance

  • Do put the guidelines into practice.
  • Do treat everyone with respect.
  • Do provide an example you wish others to follow.
  • Do plan activities with children to ensure that more than one other person is present or at least are within sight or hearing of others. This applies to such activities as one-to-one training and travelling to or from chess events.
  • Do respect a young person’s right to privacy.
  • Do have separate sleeping accommodation for adults and young people.
  • Do provide access for young people to talk to identifiable responsible adults about any concerns they may have. Deal with any concerns in a sympathetic and appropriate manner.
  • Do encourage young people and adults to feel comfortable and caring enough to point out attitudes or behaviour they do not like.
  • Do avoid situations that compromise your relationship with young people and are unacceptable within a relationship of trust.
  • Do remember that someone else might misinterpret your actions, no matter how well-intentioned.
  • Do recognise that caution is required even in sensitive moments of counselling.
  • Do recognise that children with differing abilities have differing requirements.
  • Do recognise that children from different backgrounds may have differing values.
  • Do NOT permit abusive peer activities (e.g. bullying, ridiculing).
  • Do NOT play physical contact games with young people.
  • Do NOT have any inappropriate physical or verbal contact with others.
  • Do NOT allow yourself to be drawn into inappropriate attention seeking behaviour such as tantrums.
  • Do NOT show favouritism to any individual.
  • Do NOT make suggestive remarks or gestures even in fun.
  • Do NOT let suspicion, disclosure or allegation of abuse go unrecorded or unreported.
  • Do NOT rely on just your good name to protect you
  • Do NOT believe “it could never happen to me”

Notes on Unnacceptable Behaviour by Children

  • Where unacceptable behaviour does take place, appropriate sanctions, decided by the Head of Delegation or the person in overall charge should be applied to modify the behaviour.
  • Sanctions applied to each case should take account of the age and stage of development of the young person, be given at the right time, be relevant to the action and be fair.
  • The participant must always be told why the behaviour is unacceptable and the reasons for applying a particular sanction.
  • Corporal punishment or physical force of any kind (eg smacking, slapping or shaking) is illegal and therefore should never be used. It is permissible to take necessary physical action in an emergency to prevent personal injury, either to the young person, other participants or adults, or serious damage to property.
  • Participants should not be shouted at directly, though raising of the voice is permissible in instances where it is necessary to be heard.
  • Participants should be encouraged to develop a sense of right and wrong behaviour.

There is a lot of good advice and information on various websites, for example, NSPCC , ChildLine and Church of Scotland handbook. Any specific question should be referred to the PVG lead signatory.