By signing up to Swimming Victoria and the Geelong Swimming Club you agree to the following Codes of Conduct:

GENERAL CODE OF CONDUCT

Everyone in swimming must, at all times:

  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of others regardless of their gender, ability, ethnicity, cultural background or religion;
  • Be ethical, considerate, fair, courteous and honest in all your dealings with other people and organisations;
  • Be professional in, and accept responsibility for your actions;
  • Be aware of and follow Swimming Australia’s and Swimming Victoria’s standards, rules, policies and procedures and promote them to others;
  • Operate within the rules and spirit of the sport, be they state, national or international;
  • Understand the possible consequences of breaching the Safe Sport Framework;
  • Report any breaches of the Safe Sport Framework to the appropriate person;
  • Do not abuse, harass, discriminate against or victimise any other person;
  • Raise concerns regarding official decisions through the appropriate channels and in a timely manner;
  • Provide a safe environment for swimming activities;
  • Show concern, empathy and caution toward anyone who may be sick or injured;
  • Be a positive role model to all;
  • Respect and protect confidential and/or sensitive information obtained through your involvement in swimming;
  • Maintain the required standard of accreditation and/or licensing of professional competencies, as applicable to your role(s);
  • Ensure that any physical contact with others is appropriate to the situation and necessary for the person’s skill development; and
  • Refrain from intimate relations with persons over whom you have a position of authority.
In addition to these requirements the following paragraphs set out our expectation of the conduct of people within specific groups involved in swimming.

Competitors must, at all times:

  1. Give your best at all times;
  2. Never argue with an official;
  3. Control your temper – physical or verbal abuse is never acceptable;
  4. Work equally hard for yourself and your team;
  5. Be a good sport; and
  6. Cooperate with your coaches, teammates, opponents, officials, management and event staff.

Coaches must, at all times:

  1. a)  Help everyone reach their potential;
  2. b)  Compliment and encourage with positive support and feedback; and
  3. c)  Be mindful of the potential damage caused by over training or too much competition.

Technical officials must, at all times:

  1. Be consistent, courteous and objective when making decisions;
  2. Emphasise the spirit of fair competition; and
  3. Prioritise the safety and welfare of all participants;

Parents and carers must, at all times:

  1. Encourage participation by your child for their individual enjoyment;
  2. Focus on effort rather than the result;
  3. Encourage your child to abide by the rules and decisions of Technical and other officials;
  4. Never argue with an official;
  5. Control your temper – physical or verbal abuse is never acceptable; and
  6. Be an example for your child.

All Administrators must, at all times:

  1. Act in the best interests of the sport;
  2. Make decisions objectively unaffected by prejudice, conflict of interest or bias; and
  3. Resolve conflicts fairly and promptly in accordance with established procedures.

 

CODE OF CONDUCT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

Everyone in swimming must:

  1. Use language around young people which is positive and affirming and not in any way:
  • Discriminatory
  • Racist
  • Sexist
  • derogatory or negative
  • threatening or intimidating; and/or
  • profane or sexual in nature or content.
  1. Only use social media and electronic communications to communicate with a young person on issues directly related to swimming related activities and, wherever possible, copy such communication to the parent or carer. Further such communication should never be used to arrange unauthorised social contact or include anything of a sexual nature.
  2. Ensure that any physical contact with a young person is necessary and appropriate to the swimming related activity;
  3. Never engage in any sexual behaviour whether involving physical contact or not with or in the presence of a young person;
  4. Not provide transportation for or engage in any social contact with a young person unless specifically authorised by that person’s parent or carer;
  5. Avoid unsupervised situations with young people;
  6. Not give gifts to a young person without approval from that person’s parent or carer;
  7. Not take any images of a young person unless:
    1. Prior permission has been obtained;
    2. It is directly related to participation in swimming;
    3. The young person is appropriately dressed and posed; and
    4. It is taken in the presence of another person in authority
  8. Never allow overnight stays by a young person unless
    1. Prior permission has been obtained from the parent or carer and Swimming Victoria or the young person’s swimming club; and
    2. The practices and behaviour during any such stay are consistent with the Safe Sport Framework and generally accepted community standards.
  9. Avoid one on one situations with a young person in a change room whilst balancing any requirement for supervision of a young person in a change room with their right to privacy.
  10. Whilst carrying out any role in swimming, paid or otherwise:
    1. Use, possess, supply or be under the influence of alcohol or any illegal, illicit or performance enhancing substance; or
    2. Smoke any tobacco related product.

WHAT IF THERE HAS BEEN A BREACH OF THE SAFE SPORT FRAMEWORK?

In general terms anyone, whether involved in swimming or not, can raise a concern with us regarding any behaviour, omission, situation or decision which may be a breach of the Codes of Conduct or the Safe Sport framework.

We will always:

  1. Deal with it fairly, transparently and in a timely manner;
  2. Communicate on a regular basis with all parties concerned;
  3. Apply the principles of procedural fairness to a complaint; and
  4. Report any serious allegations involving a young person to relevant authorities.

Depending on the nature of the concern or complaint we will deal with it in the manner set out in the Safe Sport Framework.

WHAT ARE THE CONSEQUENCES OF A BREACH?

Again this will depend on the nature and seriousness of the breach. All alleged breaches will be investigated and may result in the imposition of disciplinary measures. Other than cases involving sexual matters, serious criminal conduct or child abuse (as defined in the Safe Sport Framework) Swimming Victoria may refer a complaint to mediation.

The types of disciplinary measures that may be imposed are wide and varied but may include such things as:

  • An apology
  • Attendance at counselling
  • A warning
  • Withdrawal of privileges of membership
  • Suspension from certain activities
  • Deregistration/suspension of membership
  • Termination of employment
  • A monetary fine
  • Any other form of discipline considered appropriate.

In certain cases a right of appeal exists from certain disciplinary decisions

 

LEGISLATIVE REQUIREMENTS

Geelong Swimming Club takes our legal responsibilities seriously, including:

Failure to disclose: Reporting child sexual abuse is a community-wide responsibility. All adults in Victoria who have a reasonable belief that an adult has committed a sexual offence against a child under 16 have an obligation to report that information to the police. (1)

Failure to protect: People of authority in our organisation will commit an offence if they know of a substantial risk of child sexual abuse and have the power or responsibility to reduce or remove the risk, but negligently fail to do so. (2)

Any personnel who are mandatory reporters must comply with their duties. (3)

Footnotes

  1. A person will not commit this offence if they have a reasonable excuse for not disclosing the information, including a fear for their safety or where the information has already been disclosed.
    Further information about the failure to disclose offence is available on the Department of Justice and Regulation website http://www.justice.vic.gov.au/home/safer+communities/protecting+children+and+families/failure+to+disclose+offence.
  2. Further information about the failure to protect offence is available on the Department of Justice and Regulation website <http://www.justice.vic.gov.au/home/safer+communities/protecting+children+and+families/failure+to+protect+offence
  3. Mandatory reporters (doctors, nurses, midwives, teachers (including early childhood teachers), principals and police) must report to child protection if they believe on reasonable grounds that a child is in need of protection from physical injury or sexual abuse.
    See the Department of Health and Human Services website for information about how to make a report to child protectionhttp://www.dhs.vic.gov.au/about-the-department/documents-and-resources/reports-publications/guide-to-making-a-report-to-child-protection-or-child-first