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Appendix A: Ethics – Code of Conduct

Good practice should reflect the following principles

Rights – People must:

  • respect and support the rights of every individual to take part in orienteering
  • help create an environment of enjoyment which is free of fear, discrimination or harassment
  • be committed to treating all people fairly and providing equality of opportunity irrespective of age, gender, ability, race, religion, ethnic origin, creed, colour, social status or sexual orientation
  • be discreet in the handling of any information about people engaged in orienteering

Relationships – People must:

  • not engage in any behaviour which constitutes any form of abuse (physical, sexual or emotional), neglect or bullying
  • promote the welfare of participants and, in the case of children, discuss with the child, their parents/carers the potential impact of orienteering on the child
  • take action if they have any welfare concerns about any child by following the appropriate procedures
  • encourage people to take responsibility for their own development
  • communicate fully with people and particularly parent/carers in the case of children, the nature of the orienteering programme and costs involved

Responsibilities (Personal Standards) – People must:

  • be fair, considerate and honest in their dealings with everyone
  • promote an image of a healthy lifestyle whilst participating or volunteering in orienteering
  • display high standards of language and behaviour
  • be a positive role model for others
  • promote respect for the environment

Responsibilities (Professional Standards) – People must:

  • follow the guidelines of British Orienteering for orienteering activities