Codes of Conduct

Child Safe Code of Conduct

All Committee Members, volunteers, team captains and coaches (herein referred to as ‘personnel’) of the Lara Swimming Club Inc. 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 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/guardians, 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 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 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 ensure 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, ensure 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.

Committee Members, volunteers, team captains and coaches 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 (for example inappropriate sitting on laps. Sitting on laps could be appropriate sometime, for example while reading a storybook to a small child in an open plan area);
  • put children at risk of abuse (for example, by locking doors);
  • do things 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 in the presence of children;
  • express personal views on cultures, race or sexuality in the presence of children;
  • discriminate against any child, including because of culture, race, ethnicity or disability;
  • have personal contact with a child without his/her parent’s knowledge. Incidental contact, such as seeing people in the street, is appropriate;
  • have any online 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, or a current Committee Member.

Child Safety Officer: Anne Glenister
Phone: 0468 460 111

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

The following standards have been adapted from the Australian School Sports Council document School Sport Australia – Codes of Behaviour. They apply to members of the Lara Swimming Club Inc.

For Swimmers

  • Be a good sport
  • Compete for enjoyment
  • Strive for personal excellence
  • Work hard for your team as well as yourself
  • Treat all team mates and opponents as you enjoy being treated yourself
  • Compete by the rules
  • Co-operate with team members and officials
  • Control your behaviour in and out of the pool
  • Learn to value honest effort, skilled performance and improvement

For Coaches and Instructors

  • Set a good example for your swimmers
  • Encourage and create opportunities to develop individual skills
  • Encourage team participation
  • Ensure that the events are appropriate for the age group and the skill development level of the swimmers involved
  • Teach your swimmers to be friendly towards officials and opponents, and to treat them with respect
  • Discipline any swimmers whose behaviour is not acceptable and where necessary impose appropriate penalties
  • Keep your own knowledge of coaching and developments of the sport up to date Share your own knowledge with others as the need arises

For Parents/Carers

  • Encourage participation by your children
  • Provide a model of good sports behaviour for your child to copy
  • Be courteous in your communication with swimmers, officials and sport administrators
  • Make any new parents/carers/swimmers feel welcome on all occasions
  • Do not interfere with the conduct of any event

For Spectators

  • Demonstrate appropriate social behaviour
  • Remember swimmers compete for enjoyment. Don’t let your behaviour detract from their enjoyment
  • Let officials conduct events without interference
  • Support skilled performances and team play with generous applause
  • Demonstrate respect for other competitors and their supporters