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Child Protection Policy

Any welfare issues please email directly the Altrincham Swimming Club Welfare Officer confidentially and directly.

"It is widely accepted that it is the responsibility of every adult to protect children from abuse" (NSPCC, 2001)

Statement

Altrincham Swimming Club recognises its responsibility to promote children’s well being and to safeguard them from harm.

Club Responsibilities

  •  To safeguard and promote the interests and well being of all children within the club.
  •  To take all practical steps to protect these children from harm, discrimination and degrading treatment.
  •  To respect the rights wishes and feelings of all children.

Club Principles and Policy

  • The Childs welfare is paramount.
  • All children regardless of age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious beliefs, and/or sexuality have the right to protection from abuse.
  • All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.

Anti Bullying Policy

The Club fully support and have adopted the recommendations of the ASA in their latest documentation entitled ‘Wavepower 2016 - 2019'

Further details can be found on the British Swimming website, www.britishswimming.org, in the Wavepower Section (see page 90-93).

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Statement of Intent

We are committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all of our members so they can swim in a relaxed and secure atmosphere. Bullying of any kind is unacceptable at our club. If bullying does occur, all swimmers or parents should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively. We are a TELLING club. This means that anyone who knows that bullying is happening is expected to tell the club Welfare Officer.

What is bullying?

Bullying is the use of aggression with the intention of hurting another person. Bullying results in pain and distress to the victim. Bullying can be:

Emotional -being unfriendly, excluding (emotionally and physically), sendinghurtful text messages, tormenting, (e.g. hiding goggles/floats, threatening gestures);

  • Physical -pushing, kicking, hitting, punching or any use of violence;
  • Racist -racial taunts, graffiti, gestures;
  • Sexual-unwanted physical contact or sexually abusive comments;
  • Homophobic -because of, or focusing on the issue of sexuality;
  • Verbal –name calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, teasing.

Why is it Important to respond to bullying?

Bullying hurts. No one deserves to be a victim of bullying. Everybody has the right to be treated with respect. Swimmers who are bullying need to learn different ways of behaving. A club has a responsibility to respond promptly and effectively to issues of bullying.

Objectives of this policy

All committee members, coaches and teachers, swimmers and parents should have an understanding of what bullying is. All committee members, teaching and coaching staff should know what the club policy is on bullying and follow it when bullying is reported. All swimmers and parents should know what the club policy is on bullying and what they should do if bullying arises. As a club, we take bullying seriously. Swimmers and parents should be assured that they would be supported when bullying is reported.

BULLYING WILL NOT BE TOLERATED

 

ASA Policies on Late Collection of Children, Missing Children, and Changing Room Policy

The Club fully support and have adopted the recommendations of the ASA in their latest documentation entitled ‘Wavepower 2016 - 2019'

Further details can be found on the British Swimming website, www.britishswimming.org, in the Wavepower Section.

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