ASC is committed to the safety of children and young people.
The following guidelines have been developed to help reduce potential risks to our Club members.
Please note that all members have a responsibility to take appropriate actions to ensure children safety in all situations, should the need arise, even if not specifically covered by this policy.
Please liase with our designated Grievance Nominee, if there are queries or special circumstances identified.
As a Club it is important to keep communications open so as to enhance our culture of child safety.
1) Change room facilities:
. encourage junior members attend toilets and showers in pairs or small groups.
. Adults should avoid direct, unsupervised contact with swimmers.
2) Accommodation or overnight stays:
.ASC encourages parental/carer supervision arrangements
. Direct adult, unsupervised contact should be avoided with junior members.
. Liaison with coaches and organisers to be aware of and in agreement of child safety standards, policies and procedures, eg on camps.
. Chaperone as appropriate eg for camps, with approved ASC member at discretion of committee and parents.
3) Travel arrangements:
. Club encourages private travel arrangements for members
. Those effected by child safe standards policy should avoid unsupervised,direct contact, eg coaches, staff.
4) Physical contact with children:
. Minimise all physical contact with children.
. Seek permission of child/ children prior to contact in such as demonstration of swim techniques.
. Seek written consent to photograph from members and/or parents
. Provide transparency of purpose eg filming of technique for teaching
. Deletion of filming after intended use.
. Securely & confidentially use materials obtained and do not send to any others.
. Public photos, such as Facebook, should be head/neck shots or action swimming where possible.
6) WWCC: needed for all committee members and coaching personnel, recorded and annually reviewed or as new members join, including internet cross checks.
7) Agreement and alignment of policy and procedures for child safety with coaching staff: including recruitment and screening policy of new staff as per swimming Australia guidelines
8) Annual recording of current WWCC &/ or police checks as appropriate by both coaching services and ASC committee.
9) Annual recording, by coaching services and ASC, of appropriate first aid and life saving qualifications, to ensure currency, in line with any Bayfit requirements.
10)Policy for complaints and concerns to be made freely available for all members to be aware eg via newsletter, website, orientation materials including contact details for dedicated committee member.
11)Continue working with members to ensure a voice for children and young people, including leadership groups, meetings and education sessions especially in relation to child safety issues.
12)Supervision: all families/carers of children participating in Club activities must comply with parental supervision policies of the Bayfit Leisure Centre when members are not directly participating in coaching sessions. ASC & coaching staff cannot be held responsible for supervision of children outside of squad times.
13)General safety issues: Coaching staff should ensure appropriate use of pool facilities including safe lane use and complying with Bayfit Leisure centre policies.
This policy will be revised every two years in line with our child safety standards reviews or as the need arises if new risks are identified.