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CPSU guidelines for managing challenging behaviour

Staff/volunteers who deliver sports activities to children may, on occasions, be required to deal with a child’s challenging behaviour.

The CPSU have produced some guidelines which aim to promote good practice and to encourage a proactive response to supporting children to manage their own behaviour. They suggest some strategies and sanctions which can be used and also identify unacceptable sanctions or interventions which must never be used by staff or volunteers.

Please download the below pdf for the CPSU’s guidelines

These guidelines are based on the following principles:

  • The welfare of the child is the paramount consideration.
  • All those involved in activities (including children, coaches/volunteers and
    parents/carers) should be provided with clear guidelines about required standards of conduct, and the organisation/club’s process for responding to behaviour that is deemed unacceptable.
  • Children must never be subject to any form of treatment that is harmful, abusive, humiliating or degrading.
  • Some children exhibit challenging behaviour as a result of specific circumstances, eg a medical or psychological condition, and coaches may therefore require specific or additional guidance. These and any other specific needs the child may have should be discussed with parents/carers and the child in planning for the activity, to ensure that an appropriate approach is agreed and, where necessary, additional support provided e.g. from external agencies, Children’s Social Care services etc
  • Sport can make a significant contribution to improving the life experience and outcomes for all children and young people1. Every child should be supported to participate and, only in exceptional circumstances where the safety of a child or of other children cannot be maintained, should a child be excluded from club activities.