Guidance Notes for Ride Leaders

Good Practice

The following principles should be adhered to by those involved in cycling:

  • Conduct all coaching and meetings in an open environment; avoid one-to-one coaching in unobserved situations.
  • Maintain a safe and appropriate relationship with young people.
  • Avoid unnecessary physical contact with young people. Touching can be okay and appropriate as long as it is neither intrusive nor disturbing and the cyclist’s permission has been given.
  • Carry a mobile phone.
  • Carry emergency contact details of all young riders taking part.

Poor Practice

The following is deemed to constitute poor practice and should be avoided:

  • Avoid spending excessive amounts of time alone with one child away from the others.
  • Avoid taking children to your home where they will be alone with you.
  • Never allow allegations made by a child to go unchallenged, unrecorded or not acted upon.

If cases arise where these situations are unavoidable, they should only occur with the full knowledge and consent of the person in charge, or the child’s parents. If any of the following incidents should occur, you should report them immediately to another colleague, make a written note of the event (to be sent to the Club Welfare Officer and Club Secretary), and inform parents of the incident:

  • If you accidentally hurt a cyclist (or a cyclist has an accident or otherwise requires medical treatment).
  • If a child seems distressed in any manner.
  • If a child appears to be sexually aroused by your actions.
  • If a child misunderstands or misinterprets something you have done.

All leaders are required to sign up to the British Cycling Code of Conduct, which can be found in Appendix B of the document Child Protection in Cycling issued by British Cycling.

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