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Code of Ethics and Conduct



Issues of responsibility Teaching/Coaching is a deliberately undertaken responsibility, and sports Teacher/Coaches are responsible for the observation of the principles embodied in the Code of Ethics.



Teacher/Coaches must respect the rights, dignity and worth of every human being and their ultimate right to self-determination. Specifically, Teacher/Coaches must treat everyone equally within the context of their activity, regardless of sex, ethnic origin, religion, disability or political persuasion. Relationships


The good Teacher/Coach will be concerned primarily with the well being, health and future of the individual performer and only secondary with the optimisation of performance. A key element in a teacher/coach relationship is the development of independence. Performers must be encourage to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and performance in training, in competition, and in their social life. Teachers/Coachers are responsible for setting and monitoring the boundaries between a working relationship and friendship with their performers. This is particularly important when the coach and performer are of opposite sex and/or when the performer is a young person. The Teacher/Coach must realise that certain situations or friendly actions could be misinterpreted, not only by the performer, but by outsiders motivated by jealousy, dislike or mistrust and could lead to allegations of sexual misconduct or impropriety. The relationship between coach and performer relies heavily on mutual trust and respect. In detail this means that the performer should be aware of the Teachers/Coaches qualifications and experience and must be given the opportunity to consent to or decline proposals for training and performance.



Teachers/Coaches should clarify in advance with performers and/or employer the number of sessions, fees (if any) and method of payment. They should also explore with performers and/or employers the expectation of the outcome of teaching/coaching. Teachers/Coaches have a responsibility to declare to their performers and/or employer any other current teaching/coaching commitments. Teachers/Coaches should also find out if any prospective client is currently receiving guidance from another Teacher/Coach. If so, that teacher/coach should be contacted to discuss the situation. Teachers/Coaches who become aware of a conflict between their obligation to their performers and their obligation to their Governing Body or other organisation employing them must make explicit the nature of conflict, and the loyalties and responsibilities involved, to all parties concerned.



Teachers/Coaches should communicate and co-operate with other sports and allied professions in the best interest of their performers. An example of such contact would be the seeking of educational and career advice/counselling for young performers whose training impinges upon the performance of their studies. Teachers/Coaches must communicate and co-operate with medical and ancillary practitioners in the diagnosis, treatment and management of their performers’ medical and psychological problems.




Advertising by sports teacher/coaches in respect of qualification and/or services shall be accurate and professional restrained. Teachers/Coaches shall not display any affiliation with an organisation in a manner that falsely implies sponsorship or accreditation by that organisation.


Teachers/Coaches inevitably gather a great deal of personal information about performers in the course of a working relationship. Teacher/Coach and performers must reach agreement as to what is regarded as confidential information, i.e. not divulging to a third party without the express approval of the performer. Confidentiality does not preclude the disclosure of information, to persons who can be judged to have a ‘right to know’, relating to performers when relevant to the following: • evaluation of the performer within the sport for competitive selection purposes and recommendations concerning performers for professional purposes;

• pursuit of disciplinary action involving performers within the sport;

• pursuit of disciplinary action by Swim England involving fellow coaches in alleged breaches of this Code of Ethics and Conduct.


Abuse of Privilege

The Teacher/Coach is privileged, on occasion to have contact with performers and to travel and reside with performer in the course of teaching/coaching and competitive practice. Consequently, a Teacher/Coach must not attempt to exert undue influence over the performer in order to obtain personal benefit or reward.


Personal Standards 

The Teacher/Coach must consistently display high personal standards and project a favourable image of their sport and of teaching/coaching – to performers, other teachers/coaches, officials, spectators, the media and the general public. Personal appearance is a matter of individual taste but the sports teacher/coach has an obligation to project an image of health, cleanliness and functional efficiency. The Teacher/Coach should never smoke when teaching/coaching. Teachers/Coaches should not drink alcohol so soon before teaching/coaching that their judgement may be impaired and the smell will still be on their breath when working with performers.



Teachers/Coaches have a responsibility to ensure the safety of the performers with whom they work as far as possible within the limits of their control. All reasonable steps should be taken to establish a safe working environment. The work done and the manner in which it is done should be in keeping with regular and approved practice within that sport. The activity being undertaken should be suitable for the age, experience and ability of the performers. Performers should have been systematically prepared for the activity being undertaken and made aware of their personal responsibilities in terms of safety.


Issues of Competence 

Teachers/Coaches shall confine themselves to practice in those fields of sport in which they have been trained/educated, and which are recognised by the Swim England as being valid. Valid areas of expertise are those directly concerned with sports coaching. Training includes the accumulation of knowledge and skills through both formal Teacher/Coach education courses and by experience at a level of competence acceptable for independent teaching/coaching practice. Teachers/Coaches must be able to recognise and accept when to refer performers to other agencies. It is the responsibility of the Teacher/Coach as far as possible, to verify the competence and integrity of the person to whom they refer a performer. Teachers/Coaches should regularly seek ways of increasing their professional development and self-awareness. Teachers/Coaches should welcome evaluation of their work by colleague and be able to account to performers, employers, Governing Bodies and colleagues for their actions. Teachers/Coaches have a responsibility to themselves and their performers to maintain their own effectiveness, resilience and abilities, and to know when their personal resources are so depleted as to make it necessary for them to seek help and/or withdraw from teaching/coaching whether temporarily or permanently.


Violations of this Code

An alleged breach of this Code shall be grounds for making a complaint under Swim England Laws. This is a formal expression of dissatisfaction with the actions of behaviour of clubs, bodies, organisations or individuals or with alleged unfair practice in connection with the sport and will be dealt with by a Judicial Tribunal. The procedures for making a complaint are set out in the Swim England Judicial Laws which are reproduced in the current edition of Laws of the Sport and the Swim England Handbook. Any complaint relating to matter contained in this Code may be referred by the Chairman of the District Judicial Tribunal to an independent investigator to be appointed by the Swim England. The terms of reference shall be set by Swim England. Dependent upon the outcome of the investigation the Chairman of the DJT may direct that the matter may not proceed as a complaint under the Swim England judicial system. In such a situation the Chief Executive may authorise such other action for instance the offering of guidance of education support or the issue of a warning as to future conduct, as may be appropriate in the circumstances. Thereafter dependant upon the outcome of such other action the Chief Executive may refer the matter back to the Chairman of DJT for reconsideration as to whether the matter may proceed as a complaint. The Swim England Child Protection Officer shall have the power in exceptional circumstances to commence or take over conduct of any complaint made in respect of any breach of any of the provisions of this Code. Team Staff Appointments Policy; The policy Swim England is as follows: Where one athlete aged below eighteen years of age is travelling they must be accompanied by one member o staff and parental consent obtained with regard to the identity of the staff member. Where there are two or more athletes travelling there must be a minimum of two members of staff accompanying the athletes. Where the group of athletes are of mixed sex, there must be staff members of each sex.


This Code is an extension to the Swim England Code of Ethics. Both should be followed. The Teacher / Coach must:

• Put the well-being, health and safety of members above all considerations including developing performance.

• At all times adhere to the Swim England Code of Ethics, Rules and Regulations.

• At all times adhere to Wavepower the NSPCC/ Swim EnglandChild Safeguarding Policy and Procedures.

• At all times adhere to the Swim EnglandEquality Policy.

• Consistently display high standards of behaviour and appearance.

• Treat all swimmers with respect and dignity, value their worth and treat everyone equally, recognising their needs and abilities within the context of their sport.

• Develop an appropriate working relationship with swimmers based on mutual trust and respect.

• Always place the well-being, health and safety of swimmers above all other considerations including developing performance.

• Always ensure that all teaching, coaching and competition programmes are appropriate for the age, ability and experience of the individual swimmer.

• Always identify and meet the needs of the individual swimmer as well the needs of the team / squad.

• Be fair and equal in team and training squad selection.

• Never exert undue influence to obtain personal benefit or reward. In particular, coaches must not use their position to establish or pursue a sexual or improper relationship with an athlete or someone close to them.

• Encourage and guide swimmers to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and performance. • Continue to seek and maintain their own professional development in all areas in relation to coaching and teaching children.

• Treat all information of a personal nature about individual swimmers as confidential, except in circumstances where to do so will allow the child to be placed at risk of harm or continue to be at risk of harm.

• Encourage all swimmers to obey the spirit of the rules and regulations both in and out of the pool. • Co-operate fully with other specialists (e.g. other coaches, officials, sport scientists, doctors, and physiotherapists) in the best interests of the swimmer.

• Never encourage or condone swimmers, volunteers, officials or parents to violate the rules of the club or the sport and report any violations appropriately.

• Observe the authority and the decision of the officials and only question those decisions in the appropriate manner. • Treat all competitors and other club teams with respect, whether that is in victory or defeat and encourage all team members and fellow club members to do the same.

• Refer all concerns of a child safeguarding nature in line with the procedures detailed in Wavepower 2020-2023.



Signed: Gina Norman

Club Secretary

reviewed June 12 2020


To be reviewed June 2023