REDHILL & REIGATE SWIMMING CLUB
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Codes of Conduct

Code of Conduct for Parents

Parents are expected to:

• Complete and return the Medical Information Form, as requested on joining the Club, detailing any health conditions/concerns relevant to your child. Ensure medical information is kept up to date on your child’s Team Unify account, updating any changes as soon as possible. Any minor injuries should be reported to the Coach and the Inclusion Officer, prior to training sessions, to enable enough time for appropriate assessments to be carried out and monitoring. Ensure the club has up-to-date contact details for you and any alternative person.

• Deliver and collect your child punctually to and from training sessions/swim meets. Please inform a member of the committee or coaching staff if there is an unavoidable problem. If the club changes your child’s lane and/or training times, please remember the change is to provide appropriate levels of training and enable your child to progress and should therefore be facilitated and encouraged at all times.

• Parents with swimmers still at primary school must ensure that they (or a nominated responsible adult) remain within the Sports Centre whilst their children are swimming.

• Ensure your child is properly and adequately attired for the training session/events including all required equipment, i.e. hats, goggles etc.

• Inform the Coach before a session if your child is to be collected early from a training session/meet and if so, by whom.

• Encourage your child to obey the rules and teach them that they can only do their best.

• Behave responsibly as a spectator during training/meets and treat swimmers, coaches, committee members and other parents of yours and other clubs with due respect, meeting the Swim England commitment to equality and diversity.

• Ensure you do not use inappropriate language within the club environment.

• Show appreciation and support your child and all the team members.

• Ensure your child’s needs are met in terms of nutrition and you listen to advice given from the club coach/nutritionist.

• Support the club coach and committee appropriately and raise any concerns you may have in an appropriate manner to the club Welfare Officer who can be contacted on welfare@rrsc.org.uk

• Do not enter poolside unless requested to do so or in an emergency. If you wish to have a discussion with the coach, please check with them when this can be arranged. Alternatively, the Club Welfare Officer and Committee Members are also available and approachable and may be contacted via their email listed on the RRSC website.

• Most of all, help your child enjoy the sport and achieve to the best of their ability.

• Ensure your child is collected promptly at the end of the session, and if your child doesn't complete the full training session, ensure they are collected from inside the training centre so that they are not waiting unattended in a car park.

• Familiarise themselves with Club Welfare Guidelines and Policies; At some point, swimmers/non-swimmers may take on roles within the club, such as poolside helpers, lifeguards, coaches, teachers, D of E, be considered as elite swimmers, etc. For those aged 16 or 17, communications between them and the club’s adult coaches/committee members/welfare officer for such specified purposes may be deemed essential. In such cases, the Club’s/Wavepower Guidance on the use of electronic communication and social networking should be followed.

• Never approach any swimmer for perceived wrong doing against your own child. Always refer serious matters to the Coaches/teachers/Welfare Officer.

• Not engage in negative discussions with other parents regarding members, the Club, management or performance of coaches or swimmers. Raise any issues with the coaches directly and/or the Committee in a professional and balanced manner.

• Refrain from discussing with your child/swimmer their or other swimmer’s performances. Refrain from comparing your child’s/swimmer’s ability or commitment with others.

• Understand that breaches of the Code of Conduct or issues raised by Coaches or the Committee may lead to suspensions of membership until the matters have been resolved. In certain circumstances membership may be terminated. Disciplinary procedures will be in-line with Swim England Internal Club Dispute and Judicial Regulations.

The club will undertake to:

• Inform you at once if your child is ill and ensure their wellbeing until you are able to collect him/her.

• Ensure good child safeguarding guidelines are followed at all times to keep your child safe.

• Ensure all activities are properly supervised/taught/coached and consent is obtained for any activity outside of that previously agreed.

The parent has a right to:

• Make a complaint to the club if you feel the club or a member of the club is not acting appropriately in accordance with Swim England/club rules and regulations. Details of how to do this can be obtained from the club Welfare Officer.

• Make a complaint on behalf of your child to the Swim England Office of Judicial Administration.

Code of Conduct for Swimmers from all disciplines

General behaviour

• Treat all members of, and persons associated with, Swim England with due dignity and respect.

• Treat everyone equally and never discriminate against another person associated with Swim England on any grounds including that of age, sexual orientation, ethnic origin, gender, faith or nationality.

• Understand that the use of inappropriate or abusive language, bullying, harassment, or physical violence will not be tolerated and could result in action being taken through the club disciplinary or child welfare policies.

• At all times, display a high standard of behaviour. Always report any poor behaviour by others to an appropriate club officer.

• Recognize and celebrate the good performance and success of fellow club and team members.

• Respect the privacy of others, especially in the use of the changing facilities. On no account should any device with any image capturing facility, such as a smartphone, be used within any changing room. All such devices must be placed in bags or preferably left with a parent.

• Never engage in bullying on social media, e.g.: negative comments.

• Respect and abide by any reasonable requests from facility/pool staff.

Swimming training

• Treat your coach and fellow swimmers with respect.

• Make your coach aware if you have difficulties in attending training sessions as per the rules laid down for your squad.

• Arrive in good time on poolside before the training session starts to complete poolside warm up as directed by your coach.

• If you arrive late, report to your coach before entering the pool.

• If you arrive after the warm up has finished, the coaches may refuse participation in the session.

• Ensure you have all your equipment with you, i.e. paddles; kick boards, hats, goggles etc.

• If you need to leave the pool for any reason during training, inform your coach before doing so.

• At all times, listen to what your coach is telling you and obey instructions given.

• Always swim to the wall as you do in a race, and practise turns as instructed.

• Do not stop and stand in the lane or obstruct others from completing their training.

• Do not pull on the ropes as this may injure other swimmers.

• Do not skip lengths or sets – to do so means you are only cheating yourself.

• Think about what you are doing during training and if you have any problems, discuss them with your coach at an appropriate time.

• If you have any problems with the behaviour of fellow club members, report them at the time to an appropriate adult.

• Always treat the changing and shower areas with respect.

• Always treat other people’s belongings with respect.

Competition

• At competitions, whether they be open meets, national events or club galas, always behave in a manner that shows respect to your club coach, the officers and your team mates, and the members of all competing clubs.

• You will be required to attend events and galas that the Chief Coach has entered/selected you for, unless previously agreed otherwise with the relevant club official and coach.

• You must wear appropriate swimwear, tracksuits, T shirts/shorts and hats as per the rules laid down by the club.

• Report to your club coach and/or Team manager on arrival on poolside.

• Warm up before the event as directed by the coach in charge on that day and ensure you fully prepare yourself for the race.

• Be part of the Team. Stay with the Team on poolside. If you must leave poolside for any reason, inform, and in some cases, get the consent of the Team manager/coach before doing so.

• After your race, report to your coach for feedback.

• Support your team mates. Everyone likes to be supported and they will be supporting you in return.

• Swim down after the race, if possible, as advised by your coach. Your behaviour in the swim down facility must always be appropriate and respectful to other users.

• Never leave an event until either the gala is complete, or you have the explicit agreement of the club coach or team manager.

RRSC’s primary objective is to encourage members to comply with the Code of Conduct. If a breach is considered to have been made by a member, appropriate action may be taken following Swim England Handbook, Swim England Internal Club Dispute Judicial Regulations, Wavepower or Club Enforcement Policy as appropriate.

Code of Conduct for Swimming Coaches and Teachers

This Code is an extension to the Swim England Code of Ethics. Both should be followed.

The Teacher/Coach must:

• Put the wellbeing, health and safety of members above all other considerations, including developing performance.

• At all times, adhere to the Swim England Code of Ethics, Rules and Regulations.

• At all times, adhere to Wavepower, the Swim England Child Safeguarding Policy and Procedures.

• At all times, adhere to the Swim England Equality and Diversity Policy.

• Consistently display high standards of behaviour and appearance.

• Treat all swimmers with respect and dignity, value their worth and treat everyone equally, recognising their varying needs and abilities within the context of the sport.

• Develop an appropriate working relationship with swimmers based on mutual trust and respect.

• Always ensure that all teaching, coaching and competition programmes are appropriate for the age, ability and experience of the individual swimmer.

• Always identify and meet the needs of the individual swimmer as well as the needs of the team/squad.

• Be fair and equal in team and training squad selection.

• Never exert undue influence to obtain personal benefit or reward. In particular, coaches must not use their position to establish or pursue a sexual or improper relationship with an athlete, member or someone close to them.

• Encourage and guide swimmers to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and performance.

• Continue to seek and maintain their own professional development in all areas in relation to coaching and teaching children.

• Treat all information of a personal nature about individual swimmers as confidential, except in circumstances where to do so would allow the child to be placed at risk of harm or continue to be at risk of harm.

• Encourage all swimmers to obey the spirit of the rules and regulations both in and out of the pool.

• Co-operate fully with other specialists (e.g. other coaches, officials, sport scientists, doctors, or physiotherapists) in the best interests of the swimmer.

• Never encourage or condone swimmers, volunteers, officials or parents to violate the rules of the club or the sport and report any violations appropriately.

• Observe the authority and the decision of the officials and only question those decisions in the appropriate manner.

• Treat all competitors and other club teams with respect, whether that is in victory or defeat, and encourage all team members and fellow club members to do the same.

• Refer all concerns of a child safeguarding nature in line with the procedures detailed in Wavepower.

• Complete a child safeguarding training course every three years in line with the guidance in Wavepower.

• Familiarise themselves with Club Welfare Guidelines and Policies; At some point, swimmers/non-swimmers may take on roles within the club, such as poolside helpers, lifeguards, coaches, teachers, D of E, be considered as elite swimmers, etc. For those aged 16 or 17, communications between them and the club’s adult coaches/committee members/welfare officer for such specified purposes may be deemed essential. In such cases, the Club’s/Wavepower Guidance on the use of electronic communication and social networking should be followed.

• Complaints/concerns against volunteer or employed staff should be referred to the Committee Chair/Welfare Officer as appropriate. Depending on the complaint/concern, these will be dealt with as per contracts of employment/Swim England Handbook/Wavepower procedures as appropriate.

Code of Conduct for those Committee Members, Officials and Volunteers who work directly with children in the Swimming Club

This Code is an extension to the Swim England Code of Ethics. Both should be followed.

Committee members, Officials, Volunteers must:

• At all times, adhere to the Swim England Code of Ethics, Rules and Regulations.

• At all times, adhere to the Swim England Equality and Diversity Policy.

• At all times, adhere to Wavepower, the Swim England Child Safeguarding Policy and Procedures.

• Adhere fully to the role and job description as outlined by the club and never use that role to gain favour for yourself or any individual swimmer.

• Consistently display high standards of behaviour and appearance.

• Treat all swimmers with respect and dignity, value their worth and treat everyone equally, recognising their varying needs and abilities within the context of the sport.

• Encourage and guide swimmers to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and performance.

• Continue to seek and maintain your own development in line with your role and complete a child safeguarding training course, if appropriate to your role.

• Treat all information of a personal nature about individual swimmers as confidential, except in circumstances where to do so will allow the child to be placed at risk of harm or continue to be at risk of harm.

• Encourage all swimmers to obey the spirit of the rules and regulations both in and out of the pool.

• Never encourage or condone swimmers, volunteers, officials or parents to violate the rules of the club or the sport and report any violations appropriately.

• Observe the authority and the decision of the officials and only question those decisions in the appropriate manner.

• Treat all competitors and other club teams with respect, whether that is in victory or defeat, and encourage all team members and fellow club members to do the same.

• Refer all concerns of a child safeguarding nature in accordance with the procedures detailed in Wavepower.

• Familiarise themselves with Club Welfare Guidelines and Policies; At some point, swimmers/non-swimmers may take on roles within the club, such as poolside helpers, lifeguards, coaches, teachers, D of E, be considered as elite swimmers, etc. For those aged 16 or 17, communications between them and the club’s adult coaches/committee members/welfare officer for such specified purposes may be deemed essential. In such cases, the Club’s/Wavepower Guidance on the use of electronic communication and social networking should be followed.

• Complaints/concerns against volunteer or employed staff should be referred to the Committee Chair/Welfare Officer as appropriate. Depending on the complaint/concern, these will be dealt with as per contracts of employment/Swim England Handbook/Wavepower procedures as appropriate.