Potters Bar Synchronised Swimming Club

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Anti-Bullying Policy

Potters Bar Synchronised Swimming Club is committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all our members so they can swim in a relaxed and secure atmosphere. Bullying of any kind is unacceptable at our club. If bullying does occur, all swimmers or parents should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively. We are a TELLING club. This means that anyone who knows that bullying is happening is expected to tell the Club Secretary, Welfare Officer or any other club official. The Club takes bullying very seriously and will not tolerate any form of bullying. There are several forms of bullying, including:

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  • Emotional – being unfriendly, excluding (emotionally and physically), sending

  • hurtful messages by any electronic means (for example, texting, Facebook), tormenting (for example, hiding goggles, threatening gestures)

  • Physical – pushing, kicking, hitting, punching or any use of violence

  • Racist – racial taunts, graffiti, gestures

  • Sexual – unwanted physical contact or sexually abusive comments

  • Homophobic – because of, or focussing on the issue of sexuality

  • Verbal – name-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, teasing.

 

We will respond promptly to any issues of bullying in accordance with the guidelines and procedures laid out within the ASA Child Protection and Anti-Bullying Policies.

All ASA policies and guidelines are available at http://www.britishswimming.org

 

 

ASA Swimline 0808 100 4001

 

Who is the ASA SwimLine for?

The ASA SwimLine is provided for anyone involved in swimming, including children

and young people who believe that the welfare of a child is at risk. This could be

neglect or abuse, bullying or fear of someone, or anything that is worrying you and

you do not know who to discuss this with.

 

Who will take the calls and what happens?

When you ring SwimLine you will hear a message. This will explain that if you wish

to speak to someone urgently – or it would not be convenient or safe for someone to

call you back – you can press a number to transfer you straight to the NSPCC Child

Protection Helpline. This will be answered by trained and experienced counsellors

who will advise you and will act to protect children. If there is no problem with

someone calling back and you wish to speak to someone who understands

swimming, you will need to leave your telephone number and a time convenient for

one of the SwimLine volunteers to ring. These people are members of swimming

clubs who work in child welfare as a profession and have volunteered to help the

ASA. If there is an issue which causes concern the ASA will act to protect the child.

 

Other things you should know

SwimLine calls are free and do not appear on itemised bills unless the call is made

from a mobile phone. SwimLine does not use the 1471 code or any other call return

or call display facilities. If you leave a message a SwimLine volunteer will aim to ring

back during the next working day. If you phone over a weekend they will aim to

contact you on Monday.

 

You can call the NSPCC Child Protection Helpline direct on 0808 800 5000. This

line is open for 24 hours each day and calls are free of charge. If you have a

textphone you can call the NSPCC Textphone on 0800 056 0566