Committee, Officials and Volunteers Code of Conduct

All committee members, officials and volunteers must:

  • At all times, adhere to Swim England’s Code of Ethics, Rules and Laws.
  • At all times, adhere to Wavepower.
  • At all times, adhere to Swim England’s Equality and Diversity Policy.
  • 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 member.
  • Consistently display high standards of behaviour and appearance.
  • Treat all members 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 members 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 members 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 members to obey the spirit of the rules and regulations both in and out of the pool.
  • Never encourage or condone members, volunteers, officials or parents to violate the rules of the organisation 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 teams of other organisations with respect, whether that is in victory or defeat, and encourage all members to do the same.
  • Refer all child safeguarding concerns in accordance with the procedures detailed in Wavepower 2016-19
  • Keep confidential all information discussed at Committee Meetings and/or within the Management Team. Such matters are not to be discussed with any third parties or any individuals not directly associated with the Committee and/or Management Team without the prior written consent of the Head Coach and/or Chairman.

All Management Team Members must:

  • At all times undertake their function within the terms of reference (verbal or otherwise) set out by the Head Coach and which may be subject to change from time to time.
  • Ensure that they fully understand such terms of reference.
  • Only communicate (by email or hardcopy) other members of the Management Team who are directly responsible for aspects of the club’s function contained in any such communication.

Officials must:

  • Check that the facilities are in good working order prior to any Swimmer taking to the water.
  • Liaise with Swimmers, Parents or Guardians, and others in an appropriate and professional manner.
  • Consider the well-being and safety of participants before and during competition.
  • Promote the positive aspects of the sport. (e.g. fair play).
  • Follow all guidelines laid down by the National Governing Body and the Club.
  • Hold the appropriate, valid qualifications and constantly strive to improve your knowledge and expertise.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

  • The ASA and British Swimming have committed themselves to tackling forms of discrimination and to strive to become inclusive of all those who want to participate in swimming (as competitors, officials, coaches and administrators) irrespective of their race, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, faith and ability.
  • This code of conduct includes the Swim England’s commitment to address equality, diversity and inclusion in swimming. To this end the Swim England will not tolerate:
    • Discrimination on the grounds set out in 1 above.
    • Abusive or insensitive language.
    • Inappropriate behaviour detrimental to any individuals or groups of individuals.
  • Swim England is governed by UK law and will seek to ensure that its participants are committed to addressing its responsibilities under the Sex Discrimination Act 1975, Race Relations Act 1976, Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000, Equal Pay Act 1970, Disability Discrimination Act 1995, Human Rights Act 1998, Disability Discrimination Act (Amendment) 2005, Equality Act 2006.
  • Committees, Officials and Volunteers in all aquatic disciplines must address this responsibility to support equality, diversity and inclusion in our sport.