We aim to promote positive and consistent behaviour management strategies to ensure the smooth running of the club, to promote our children’s welfare and enjoyment and to ensure that their time at the club is a positive experience.
Our policy aims to help children to
- Respect each other.
- Learn to co-operate with other children and adults
- Understand what constitutes acceptable behaviour
- Develop social skills in an environment of mutual respect
Behaviour Management Strategies
The Management Committee and Staff will aim to manage behaviour using positive and consistent strategies. Parents/carers will be made aware of these strategies and encouraged to contribute by raising any concerns or suggestions.
Under no circumstances will physical punishments or the threat of them, be used.
Staff and children will work together to establish a clear set of ‘ground rules’ governing all behaviour in the club. Staff will hold regular discussions with children about how negative or disruptive behaviour affects themselves and others around them.
- The club’s ‘ground rules’ will apply equally to all children, staff, parents and carers
- Positive behaviour will be praised and encouraged
- Negative or disruptive behaviour will be challenged in a clear, calm and positive manner. Staff will avoid shouting at children
- Staff will set a positive example to children by behaving in a friendly and tolerant manner themselves
- Any child who experiences bullying, racism or other unacceptable behaviour will be actively supported in speaking out
- Staff will aim to mediate between children to try to resolve any conflicts by discussion and negotiation
Dealing with negative or disruptive behaviour
When a child exhibits negative or disruptive behaviour
- Reprimands will be delivered briefly and clearly. They will be clear and refer to the behaviour rather than the child and staff will try to ensure that a child understands what is being said to them
- Children will always be given the opportunity to make amends or apologise for their behaviour and be able to rejoin the activity, if felt appropriate
The strategies used may include the following
- Remove the child from the situation
- Ask the child to explain the reasons for their actions
- Explain to the child why their behaviour is unacceptable
- Enforce a ‘time out’ (all staff will be informed of ‘time out’ in operation.)
- Exclusion from certain activities e.g. playstation, TV, video, etc
- All incidences of unacceptable behaviour will be recorded on the unacceptable behaviour form, (copy attached)
The Co-ordinator should be kept informed of all behaviour difficulties but will not be expected to deliver all reprimands, These will be delivered and if necessary, recorded on the spot by the observing playworker.
The Co-ordinator will decide when the unacceptable behaviour should be brought to the attention of the parents/carers and actively seek a discussion with parents/carers. They will seek to agree an action plan and ask the parents/carers to sign the unacceptable behaviour form, (copy attached).
In exceptional circumstances where a child’s behaviour is deemed to have put themselves, other children or staff at risk a detailed incident form will be completed, the matter will be discussed with the parent / carer and with the agreement of the management committee the child may be excluded from the club.
The use of physical interventions and physical restraint
Staff will use physical interventions and restraint with a child or children only as a last resort and only if they believe that immediate action is needed to prevent a child from significantly injuring themselves or others or to prevent serious damage to property. Where possible, staff will move other children away from an incident instead of restraining a child behaving in a violent manner.
Definition of physical restraint
Physical restraint is defined as whenever a member of staff physically restricts a child’s movements to prevent them from harming themselves or others.
There are other situations where physical contact may be necessary e.g. when administering first aid or comforting a distressed child. This does not constitute restraint but staff should be conscious of how some children may not welcome any form of physical contact and may misinterpret actions, despite good intentions.
- Before physically restraining a child all other possible non-physical actions must have been used to deal with the behaviour. Children will be warned that physical intervention will be used if they do not stop their negative behaviour
- Only the minimum force necessary will be used to restrain the child and will be always appropriate to the age, size and strength of the child or children involved and must be in proportion to the circumstances of the incident and its potential consequences
- Physical intervention will never be used as a punishment, to cause pain or injury or to humiliate a child, regardless of the degree of behaviour or provocation
- As soon as it is considered safe, the physical intervention should be gradually relaxed to allow the child to regain self control
- Staff will avoid the use of physical intervention if they are alone with the child or children.
- If the staff feel unable to contain a particular situation or type of behaviour, consideration will be given to calling the Club Manager, or another appropriate adult on site,(member of school staff) or, in extreme cases, the police.
- If physical restraint has to be used with a child or children, the Co-ordinator will be informed and the incident recorded in the Incident book. Another member of staff will check the child to ascertain if any injuries have been sustained. The incident will be discussed with the parent/carer at the earliest possible opportunity.
In certain cases, a child’s special needs may affect their behaviour in a way that requires more regular physical intervention. In this instance the issue must first be discussed with and written permission for such intervention must be sought from the parent/carer of the child in question.
- If a staff member is violent or abusive towards a child at the Club, serious disciplinary action will be implemented, according to the provisions of the Staff Disciplinary Rules & Procedures contained within the Terms & Conditions of Service.
- If a parent or carer is violent or abusive towards a child at the club or towards a member of staff or the management committee, serious action may be taken which may include exclusion from the use of the club.