Child Protection & Equity Policies

Child Protection Policy

It is essential that children and young people participating in swimming are able to do so in a safe and secure environment. Warminster and District Swimming Club recognises and accepts its responsibility to safeguard the health and welfare of children under its care by protecting them from physical, sexual or emotional harm; and from neglect or bullying.

  • Warminster and District Swimming Club is committed to raising awareness of child protection in swimming; and takes every possible measure to ensure that swimming is a safe and secure experience for children.

To this end, the club has adopted the Child Protection Guidelines issued by the ASA. All club coaches, teachers, assistants, officials, poolside helpers, volunteers and team managers are therefore required to undertake Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks through its Disclosure service.

All club coaches, teachers, assistants, officials, poolside helpers, volunteers and team managers are also governed by the ASA “Code of Ethics”.

The club recognises that all those directly involved in the club and its activities have a responsibility to:

  • Provide a safe environment for children and young people to enjoy swimming whilst in the care of the club
  • Take the interests of its members into account in all its activities
  • Promote the health and welfare of its members through a relationship of mutual trust
  • Take all practical steps to protect its members from physical, sexual or emotional harm by:
    • recognising abuse
    • treating all suspicions and allegations of abuse seriously
    • responding in an appropriate way to children who disclose they are being abused
    • providing a structure to deal sympathetically with abuse

The club therefore requires and encourages all coaches and helpers to attend suitable training so that they are able to:

  • Understand what child abuse means
  • Recognise the signs and symptoms of each category of child abuse
  • Identify the foundations of good practice in child protection
  • Review their own practices to ensure that it complies with recognised codes of conduct
  • Ensure that their own behaviour and conduct is always beyond reproach to prevent exposure to false allegation
  • Take appropriate action if concerns are raised which suggest a child is abused.

 

Equity Policy

Warminster & District Swimming Club is committed to treat everyone equally within the context of their activity, regardless of sex, ethnic origin, disability, age, sexual orientation or political persuasion.

Warminster & District Swimming Club will ensure that equity is incorporated in all aspects of its activities and also recognises and adopts the Sport England definition of Sports equity:

‘Sports Equity is about fairness in sport, equality of access, recognising inequalities and taking steps to address them. It is about challenging the culture and structure of sport to ensure it becomes equally accessible to everyone in society.’

  • Warminster & District Swimming Club is committed to everyone having the right to enjoy their sport in an environment free from threat of discrimination, intimidation, harassment and abuse.
  • All Warminster & District Swimming Club members have a responsibility to challenge discriminatory behaviour and promote equality of opportunity.
  • Warminster & District Swimming Club will deal with any incidence of discriminatory behaviour seriously, according to the club disciplinary procedures