Daventry Dolphins Swimming Club
East Midlands Region & Northamptonshire Swim England
Daventry Dolphins Swimming Club is committed to providing a safe, caring and friendly environment for all our members so that they can swim in a relaxed and secure atmosphere. Bullying of any kind is not acceptable at our Club. If bullying does occur, all swimmers and / or parents should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively. This means that anyone who knows that bullying is happening, they are expected to notify the Club Welfare Officer or any Committee member.
What is bullying?
Bullying can be defined as any of the following:
- Emotional: Being unfriendly, excluding (emotionally and physically), sending hurtful messages (ie: mobile phone text messages), tormenting (ie: hiding swimmers equipment), making 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: Having or showing a dislike of, or prejudice of an individual’s sexuality
- Verbal: Name calling
Why is it important to respond to bullying?
It’s simple. 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 be educated to a different way of behaving. Daventry Dolphins Swimming Club has a responsibility to respond promptly and effectively to issues of bullying.
The objective of this policy is that:
- All members (ie: committee members, coaching staff and the rest of the volunteer workforce as well as the swimmers and parents) should have an understanding of what bullying is. (see above)
- All members should know what the club policy is on bullying, and follow procedures when bullying is reported.
- Swimmers and parents should know what the club policy is on bullying and what they should do if bullying arises.
As a Club, Daventry Dolphins Swimming Club takes bullying extremely seriously. Swimmers, teachers, coaches, ancillary support staff and parents should be assured that they will be supported when bullying is reported. BULLYING WILL NOT BE TOLERATED
Daventry Dolphins Swimming Club will aim to:
- Implement clear procedures to confront bullying in any form.
- Operate a clear reporting and recording procedure
- Listen to ALL parties involved in the incident
- Deal with and investigate all reports as soon as possible, fairly and positively, taking into account of the evidence and all views.
- Take the appropriate action, or refer the matter to the Committee for a decision on any further action to take.
- Offer advice and support to the victim
- Offer advice and support to the perpetrator (person responsible)
Report bullying incidents to the Club Welfare officer or any member of the Committee. These details are located on the club notice board and at the bottom of this document, alternatively you can telephone:
* Swimline on: 0808 100 4001
* NSPCC Child protection line: 0808 800 5000
* Child Protection in Sport Unit on: 0116 234 7278
* Kidscape: 020 730 3300
All reported incidents will be treated seriously and will be responded to as soon as is practicable.
In the most serious of cases, the incident will be referred to the Swim England for advice.
Parents will be informed and will be asked to come to the club to discuss the problem with the Club Welfare Officer or a designated member of the committee. Any such interview will be documented as soon as possible.
If necessary and appropriate, the Police will be consulted.
The bullying behaviour or threats of bullying will be investigated thoroughly and the bullying stopped quickly.
An attempt will be made to help the perpetrator change their behaviour
If any attempt of mediation fails, and the bullying is seen to continue, the club will initiate disciplinary action under the club constitution.
The outcome will be recorded.
**If an allegation is made against a member of the Daventry Dolphins Swimming Club staff, it will be necessary to report any incident to the Designated Welfare Officer or designated committee member**
Action against a perpetrator of bullying:
If a person is found to be guilty of an incident of bullying the following action will be taken.
- A verbal warning by Committee Chairperson as to future behaviour and conduct will be given in the presence of a parent or legal guardian if under the age of 18yrs
If incidents continue:
- Further interviews will be held with the bully and the victim to ascertain if any help / support can be given. A written warning from Committee Chairperson will follow to the bully / perpetrator.
- Possible suspension
If incidents still continue:
- A final written warning from Committee
- The bully will be excluded from the Club.
All cases will be treated confidentially. However, confidentiality does not preclude the disclosure of information, to persons who have ‘the right to know’ when relevant to the following;
- Pursuit of disciplinary action involving performers within the sport
- Pursuit of disciplinary action by the Swim England and / or the ISTC (Institute of Swim Teachers and coaches) involved in alleged breaches of the Code of ethics and conduct.
The purpose of this document is to promote a consistent approach, and to create a climate in which all types of bullying are regarded as unacceptable. ALL members, including staff, swimmers and parents are reminded that this policy must strictly be adhered to.
Useful telephone numbers:
Club Welfare Officer: Angela Saville - [email protected]
Chairperson: Jo Laidlaw - [email protected]
Reviewed March 2021