Anti-bullying code

ASA Anti Bullying Policy (based on the Kidscape model document)


We are committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all of our swimmers so they can learn to swim and train in a relaxed and secure atmosphere.

Bullying of any kind is unacceptable at our club. If bullying does occur, all swimmers 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 Welfare Officer, coach, teacher or another officer of the club.

All welfare policies and procedures can be found on the website.

What is bullying?
Bullying is the use of aggression with the intention of hurting another person. Bullying results in pain and distress to the victim.

Bullying can be:

  • Emotional being unfriendly, excluding, tormenting (e.g. threatening gestures, hiding floats/bags on poolside or in the changing room)
  • Physical any non accidental physical contact hitting in the pool or changing area
  • Racist racial taunts, 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
  • Cyber All areas of the internet, such as email & internet chat room misuse Mobile threats by text messaging & calls.
  • Misuse of associated technology , i.e. camera and video facilities

Why is it important to respond to Bullying?
Bullying hurts. No one deserves to be a victim of bullying. Everybody has the right to be treated with respect. Pupils who are bullying need to learn different ways of behaving. Swimming clubs have a responsibility to respond promptly and effectively to issues of bullying.

Objectives of this Policy

  • All club officers, teachers and coaches, swimmers and parents should have an understanding of what bullying is.
  • All club officers, teachers and coaches should know what the Club policy is on bullying, and follow it when bullying is reported.
  • All swimmers and parents / carers should know what the club policy is on bullying, and what they should do if bullying arises.
  • As a club we take bullying seriously. Pupils and parents should be assured that they will be supported when bullying is reported.
  • Bullying will not be tolerated.

Signs and Symptoms

A child may indicate by signs or behaviour that he or she is being bullied. Adults should be aware of these possible signs and that they should investigate if a child:

  • Is frightened of walking to or from the club.
  • Changes their usual routine.
  • Is unwilling to go to the swimming club when they previously could not wait to go.
  • Becomes withdrawn anxious, or lacking in confidence.
  • Starts stammering.
  • Attempts or threatens suicide or runs away.
  • Cries themselves to sleep at night or has nightmares.
  • Feels ill at training times and does not want to go to the club.
  • Training and competition level drops off.
  • Comes home with clothes torn or swimming equipment damaged/lost.
  • Asks for money or starts stealing money (to pay bully).
  • Has unexplained cuts or bruises.
  • Becomes aggressive, disruptive or unreasonable.
  • Is bullying other swimmers or siblings.
  • Stops eating.
  • Is frightened to say what’s wrong.
  • Gives improbable excuses for any of the above.
  • Is afraid to use the internet or mobile phone.
  • Is nervous & jumpy when a cyber message is received.

These signs and behaviours could indicate other problems, but bullying should be considered a possibility and should be investigated.


  1. Report bullying incidents to the Welfare Officer, coach, teacher or another club officer.
  2. In cases of serious bullying, the incidents will be recorded by that person and referred to the Welfare Officer if he/she is not already aware.
  3. In serious cases parents should be informed and will be asked to come in to a meeting to discuss the problem.
  4. If necessary and appropriate, police will be consulted.
  5. The bullying behaviour or threats of bullying must be investigated and the bullying stopped quickly.
  6. If bullying is found to have occurred on the “balance of probabilities” then appropriate action will be taken including an attempt to help the bully (bullies) change their behaviour – See Behaviour Contract Template below.


  1. The bully (bullies) may be asked to genuinely apologise.
  2. In serious cases, suspension or even exclusion will be considered.
  3. If possible, the pupils will be reconciled.
  4. After the incident / incidents have been investigated and dealt with, each case will be monitored to ensure repeated bullying does not take place.


We will use KIDSCAPE methods for helping children to prevent bullying. As and when appropriate, these
may include:

  • writing a set of club rules;
  • signing a behaviour contract; and/or
  • having discussions about bullying and why it matters.

Help Organisations:

Swimline – 0808 100 4001
KIDSCAPE Parents Helpline – 0845 1 205 204 – (Mon-Fri, 10am – 4pm)
Childline – 0800 1111
Child Power Leaflet available from
Child Power online via the ASA website
Parentline Plus – 0808 800 2222
Youth Access – 020 8772 9900
Bullying Online –