CODE OF BEHAVIOR
1. Individuals who are involved with the work of the Singapore Shooting Association (“Association”) and in Shooting may be in a position or situation to harm or abuse children, young people or vulnerable adults or behave inappropriately towards them. To minimize the risk of this, the Association has a Code of Behavior (“Code”) that aims to:
a. Provide guidance for everyone about acceptable and unacceptable behaviors with children, young people and vulnerable adults;
b. Deter anyone who wishes to harm a child, young person or vulnerable adult from seeking employment with the Association; and
c. Identify individuals working with or for the Association who need further safeguarding training
2. The Association requires all individuals working with or for the Association who work with children, young people and vulnerable adults in Shooting to understand the boundaries of appropriate behavior. Each individual is required to demonstrate exemplary behavior in order to protect children, young people and vulnerable adults from abuse and to protect themselves from allegations.
3. The following are ACCEPTABLE behaviors in creating a Safe Sport environment for children, young people and vulnerable adults in Shooting.
- Treat everyone with fairness and respect and provide an example that they would wish others to follow.
- Provide positive and constructive feedback in all activities to help others develop and become better.
- Work openly avoiding private or unobserved situations and working in isolation, and endeavor to ensure that they are not the only adult present and are at least within sight or hearing of others.
- Leave the door open or unlocked always if they find themselves in a room alone with a child, young person or vulnerable adult.
- Maintain a safe and appropriate distance and be aware that physical contact may be misinterpreted.
- Respect each child’s, young person’s or vulnerable adult’s right to privacy.
- Exercise caution when discussing sensitive issues with children, young people or vulnerable adults.
- Behave according to the guidance offered in this Code.
- Treat the welfare of the child, young person or vulnerable adult as the first priority.
- Ensure that, if any form of physical touching is required, it should be given in an open observable environment after the reason for the necessary action is clearly explained to the child, young person or vulnerable adult and their informed agreement is obtained.
- Challenge all unacceptable behaviors displayed by any other individual
- Report all concerns, allegations or suspicions of harassment and abuse to the Association’s appointed Safeguarding Officer immediately.
4. The following are UNACCEPTABLE behaviors and must never be allowed to be perpetuated.
- Spend excessive time alone with children, young people or vulnerable adults away from others.
- Discuss with them the intimate details of their life or get involved in their personal life.
- Leave groups of children or young people unsupervised.
- Allow a child, young person or vulnerable adult is to use inappropriate language without challenging it.
- Do things of a personal nature for the children, young people or vulnerable adults that they can do for themselves.
- Allow allegations made by a child, young person or vulnerable adult to be ignored, not recorded or not acted upon.
- Engage in rough physical or sexually provocative games.
- Make sexually suggestive comments, even in fun.
- Allow or engage in any form of inappropriate touching.
- Reduce a child, young person or vulnerable adult to tears as a form of control.
- In residential settings, such as in situations whereby there is a need to stay over, for example, in an overseas competition or work trip,
- Share a room overnight with a child, young person or vulnerable adult or invite them into their room.
- Go into a child’s, young person’s or vulnerable adults’ room unless it is absolutely necessary where this is deemed necessary for valid safety reasons.
- Take photographs, videos or other images of a child or young person without the express permission and informed written consent of their parents.
Please note this list is not exhaustive but it gives an indication of what are not considered as acceptable behaviors.