Wroughton Amateur Swimming Club

committed to developing swimmers of all ages, abilities & ethnic origin, enabling them to attain their full potential in a safe, caring & friendly environment

Wroughton Amateur Swimming Club - committed to developing swimmers of all ages, abilities & ethnic origin, enabling them to attain their full potential in a safe, caring & friendly environment

Policies

As an affiliated member of the Amateur Swimming Association, Wroughton ASC has ‘signed up’ to abide by policies approved by the Governing Body & these policies govern how everyone involved with the club must adhere to at all times.

Code of Ethics

As part of achieving the NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit Advanced Standard in Child Safeguarding, the ASA has released a revised and shortened Code of Ethics. The new general Code is for all swimmers, parents, teachers, coaches, committee members and all volunteers who work directly with children.

ASA Code of Ethics

All individuals within the ASA aquatic disciplines will at all times:

  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person, be they adult or child, treating everyone equally within the context of the sport.
  • Respect the spirit of the sport adhering to the rules and laws in and out of the pool, incorporating the concept of friendship and respect for others.
  • Promote the positive aspects of the sport and never condone the use of inappropriate or abusive language, inappropriate relationships, bullying, harassment, discrimination or physical violence.
  • Accept responsibility for their own behaviour and encourage and guide all ASA members and parents of junior members to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and conduct.
  • Ensure all concerns of a child safeguarding nature are referred in accordance with Wavepower (ASA Child Safeguarding Policy and Procedures).
  • Conduct themselves in a manner that takes all reasonable measures to protect their own safety and the safety of others.
  • Promote the reputation of the sport and never behave or encourage or condone others to behave in a manner that is liable to bring the sport into disrepute.
  • Adhere to Wavepower the ASA Child Safeguarding Policy and Procedures; Anti-Doping Rules, Equity Policy, ASA Laws & Regulations and ASA Codes of Conduct..

Wavepower

Wavepower 2012/15 is the new Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) Safeguarding Policy and Procedures manual and replaces all previous ASA Child Safeguarding Policies and Procedures documents. The theme of Wavepower 2012/15 is to safeguard children in line with current child safeguarding legislation and guidance. It consistently highlights throughout the document that the responsibility for child safeguarding in our clubs and related activities lies with all those involved in the sport and is not the sole responsibility of any one person at club, county or national level.

The Club Welfare Officer will be the person most likely to use the guidance in Wavepower 2012/15 and it is they who will be responsible for holding and maintaining the manual as and when required. They will be expected to make the manual available to all persons in the club who request to consult it and pass it on to the new Welfare Officer should they resign their position. The Club Welfare Officer, acting for the club, will find the manual will help them guide the club committee to plan, prioritise and implement the various safeguarding activities that are necessary to protect children within swimming. Wavepower 2012/15 also has a separate section for coaches / teachers, children and young people and parents.

The aim of such a comprehensive manual is to enable everyone in swimming to play their part in safeguarding children. It offers practical guidance for those who are directly involved in swimming with children, providing awareness of both mandatory requirements and good practice guidance. This document will be fully updated in 2016, but when significant changes take place either in ASA policy and guidance or through statute or governmental guidance, the Welfare Officer will be sent additional or replacement pages to keep the manual as up to date as possible.

Finally all clubs must adopt and implement the guidance manual, which replaces all prior child safeguarding / protection and welfare policy

The theme of Wavepower 2012/15 is to safeguard children and young people in line with current legislation and guidance.  The responsibility to safeguard children in our clubs and related activities lies will all those involved in the sport and is not the sole responsibility of any one person at club, county or national level.  Safeguarding children should become an integral part of all club activities and create a culture that provides a safe, happy and fun environment in which children can learn to swim and develop to a level appropriate for their ability.
The manual is fully indexed and divided into sub-sections tailored to different groups.

Club Welfare Officer

All ASA swimming clubs should have a ‘club welfare officer’ and Wroughton ASC is no exception. Our Welfare Officer is Jane Jones & if you have any issue you would like to discuss with her – if you are a swimmer, parent or volunteer – use the contact us  page to do so. Anything you discuss with her will be treated with the utmost respect & all contacts will be taken seriously and acted upon as appropriate.

Club Welfare Officers are volunteers many of whom work daily with children. All Welfare Officers will have a good knowledge of the WAVEPOWER document, which is the ASA policy and guidance to safeguarding children and young people in swimming. The Welfare Officer is there for all swimmers under 18 and makes the needs of these swimmers a priority. If you have a concern about yourself or another swimmer, how you are being treated by others or something that is making you unhappy your Club Welfare Officer is there for you, or if you prefer your parent or carer to talk to.

Equity

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

The 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 changing the culture and structure of sport to ensure that it becomes equally accessible to all members of society, whatever their age, ability, gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality or socio-economic status.”

 The 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 Club members have a responsibility to challenge discriminatory behaviour and promote equality of opportunity.

The Club will deal with any incidence of discriminatory behaviour seriously, according to the club disciplinary procedures.

Social Networking

Social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter and video-sharing sites like You Tube provide exciting opportunities but they are accompanied by dangers and negative consequences if abused by users. The ASA’s Guidelines provide recommendations of best practice to all ASA club members and parents on the use of social networking sites as they relate to that individual’s role in the club.

http://www.swimming.org/assets/uploads/library/SocialNetworking_from_WavepowerSection2.pdf