The theme of Wavepower 2012/15 is to safeguard children and young people in line with current legislation and guidance. The responsibility to safeguard children in our club and related activities lies will all those involved in the sport and is not the sole responsibility of any one person at club, county or national level. Safeguarding children should become an integral part of all club activities and create a culture that provides a safe, happy and fun environment in which children can learn to swim and develop to a level appropriate for their ability.
The aim of Wavepower 2012/15 is to enable everyone in our sport to play their part in safeguarding children offering practical guidance for those who are directly involved in working with children and providing awareness of both mandatory requirements and good practice guidance.
The manual is fully indexed and divided into sub-sections tailored to different groups.
The ASA with the NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) operates Swimline.
Swimline was launched over 10 year ago and is a confidential free-phone number provided for anyone involved in aquatics, adults or children, who believe that the welfare of someone under the age of 18 is at risk. This concern could be neglect, abuse, bullying or fear of someone or anything that is worrying you and you don’t know who to discuss it with.
When calling Swimline you will get through to an answer phone where you will be asked to leave your name and contact details and if you wish some brief details of your concern. The ASA Safeguarding Team or a Swimline volunteer will call you back, listen to your concerns and agree a way forward with you.
If there is an issue which causes concern the ASA will act to protect the child or children involved.
If you leave a message we aim to contact you back during the next working day. If you leave a message after 3pm on a Friday, or over a weekend we will contact you back on the following Monday. If you need to speak to someone immediately you can follow the instructions on the answer phone message and be transferred immediately to the NSPCC. The NSPCC counsellors will advise you directly if you choose this option.
Swimline calls are free and do not appear on an itemised phone bill unless your call is made from a mobile phone.
ASA Code of Ethics
All individuals within the ASA aquatic disciplines will at all times:
· Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person, be they adult or child, treating everyone equally within the context of the sport.
· Respect the spirit of the sport adhering to the rules and laws in and out of the pool, incorporating the concept of friendship and respect for others.
· Promote the positive aspects of the sport and never condone the use of inappropriate or abusive language, inappropriate relationships, bullying, harassment, discrimination or physical violence.
· Accept responsibility for their own behaviour and encourage and guide all ASA members and parents of junior members to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and conduct.
· Ensure all concerns of a child safeguarding nature are referred in accordance with Wavepower (ASA Child Safeguarding Policy and Procedures).
· Conduct themselves in a manner that takes all reasonable measures to protect their own safety and the safety of others.
· Promote the reputation of the sport and never behave or encourage or condone others to behave in a manner that is liable to bring the sport into disrepute.
· Adhere to Wavepower the ASA Child Safeguarding Policy and Procedures.
· Adhere to the ASA Anti-Doping Rules.
· Adhere to the ASA Equity Policy.
· Adhere to the ASA Laws and Regulations.
· Adhere to the ASA Codes of Conduct.
Guidance for coaches, teachers and other officers in a position of trust and responsibility in respect of children in an ASA club.
1. ASA members in a position of trust and/or responsibility should not be in contact with young people through social networking sites if they hold such a position in respect of that individual young person.
2. Should a young person in your club request to become a named friend on your social networking site or request that you become a named friend on the young person’s social networking site you should decline if:
• You are in a position of responsibility in respect of that child.
• You hold a position of trust and responsibility in the club.
• Your contact with the child is through an ASA club and the parent/guardian of the child does not give their consent to such contact.
3. The social network site should never be used as a medium by which to abuse or criticise ASA members or ASA clubs and to do so may be in breach of ASA Rules and Regulations.
4. The publishing of a photograph or video footage on a social networking site is governed by the same requirements as those contained in the ASA Photography Policy.
For full policy document can be viewed via the following link: