Child Safe Code of Conduct

Lara Swimming Club Inc.

Child Safe Code of Conduct

All Lara Swimming Club Inc. members, coaches, team captains, volunteers, family members and friends are required to observe child safe principles and expectations for appropriate behaviour towards and in the company of children, as noted below.

All personnel of the Lara Swimming Club Inc. are responsible for supporting the safety, participation, wellbeing and empowerment of children by:

  • adhering to and upholding the Lara Swimming Club Inc. Child Safe Policy at all times;
  • taking all reasonable steps to protect children from abuse;
  • treating everyone, including Committee Members, volunteers, parents/caregivers, club members and children with respect;
  • listening and responding to the views and concerns of children, particularly if they are telling you that they or another child has been abused and/or are worried about their own safety or the safety of another;
  • promoting the cultural safety, participation and empowerment of Aboriginal children (for example, by never questioning an Aboriginal child’s self-identification);
  • promoting the cultural safety, participation and empowerment of children with culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds (for example, by having a zero tolerance of discrimination);
  • promoting the safety, participation and empowerment of children with a disability (for example, during personal care activities);
  • ensuring as far as practicable that non-family adults are not left alone with a child;
  • reporting any allegations of child abuse to Lara Swimming Club Inc. Child Safety Officer, Anne Glenister, or any of the current Committee and ensuring any allegation is reported to the police or child protection services;
  • reporting any child safety concerns to Lara Swimming Club Inc. Child Safety Officer, Anne Glenister, or a current Committee Member;
  • if an allegation of child abuse is made, ensuring as quickly as possible that the child(ren) are safe;
  • encouraging children to ‘have a say’ and participate in all relevant organisational activities where possible, especially on issues that are important to them.

All Lara Swimming Club Inc. members, coaches, team captains, volunteers, family members and friends must not:

  • develop any ‘special’ relationships with children that could be seen as favouritism (for example, the offering of gifts or special treatment for specific children);
  • exhibit behaviours with children which may be construed as unnecessarily physical.
  • put children at risk of abuse (for example, by locking doors);
  • use mobile phones or cameras in the change-rooms;
  • do anything of a personal nature that a child can do for themselves, such as toileting or changing clothes;
  • engage in open discussions of a mature or adult nature in the presence of children (for example, personal social activities);
  • use inappropriate language or images in the presence of children;
  • express personal views on cultures, race or sexuality in the presence of children;
  • discriminate against any child because of his/her culture, race, ethnicity, disability or for any other reason;
  • have personal contact with a child without his/her parent’s knowledge. Incidental contact, such as meeting up with people in the street, is appropriate;
  • have any online or telephone contact with a child without his/her parent’s knowledge
  • ignore or disregard any suspected or disclosed child abuse;
  • by observing these standards, you acknowledge your responsibility to immediately report any breach of this code, or breach of the Child Safety Policy, to Lara Swimming Club Inc. Child Safety Officer, Anne Glenister, or a current Committee Member.

If you believe a child is at immediate risk of abuse phone 000.

INITIAL CHILD SAFE CODE OF CONDUCT RATIFIED BY THE COMMITTEE: 10-02-2018
THIS UPDATE RATIFIED BY THE COMMITTEE: 10-12-2020
NEXT REVIEW:  Dec. 2023