Good Coaching Practice - Child Protection

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Good Coaching Practice - Child Protection

Good Coaching Practice - Child Protection


Coaching children is challenging. Yet, coaching children is rewarding work, whether to improve sport, schoolwork, music or relationships. When coaching children, three challenges are to treat each child as a person, to accept children who do not communicate well, who have attachment disorders or learning disabilities and to avoid favoring children who have exceptional abilities. When coaching children and adolescents, explore what motivates them, NOT what motivates you! To interact better with them, understand their family lives, interests, personality, sports, hobbies and skills. Watching and listening are at least as important as talking.

Child Protection Act pf 1989 and 1999

The Protection of Children Act 1999 came into force in October 2000 and introduced the Protection of Children Act (PoCA) List in which the secretary of state has a duty to record the names of individuals who are considered unsuitable to work with children. All regulated child care organisations (as defined in the Act) have a statutory duty to refer the names of those individuals who fulfil certain criteria making them unsuitable to work with children for possible inclusion in the PoCA List.

The Act also permits other organisations, such as voluntary organisations, sports clubs and scout associations to refer names for possible inclusion in the PoCA List.

The effect of inclusion in the PoCA List is that child care organisations, which are obliged to check names of prospective employees against the list (through the Criminal Records Bureau) before offering employment, will be told whether or not an individual is listed in the PoCA List.

Child care organisations proposing to offer individuals employment in child care positions must not employ individuals whose names are included on the PoCA List or List 99 (on the grounds that they are unsuitable to work with children) and must cease to employ such individuals in child care positions if they subsequently discover that they are included on these Lists. In fact, under the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000 it is an offence to knowingly offer work to or to employ in a so-called "regulated" position (which includes child care positions) an individual who is disqualified from working with children, either by virtue of being included on one of the Secretary of State's Lists (the PoCA List or its equivalent in Scotland, or List 99) or a disqualification order from the court; and individuals who apply or offer to work, accept work or continue to work with children in such positions will be committing a criminal offence and can face prosecution if they are so disqualified.

All child care law relating to children being accommodated by the Local Authority comes under the Children Act 1989. At the heart of the Children Act is a belief that:

* The best place for children to be looked after is within their own homes.

* The welfare of the child is the paramount consideration.

* Parents should continue to be involved with their children and any legal proceedings that ...
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