SwimWorld New Venue - Chells Way, Stevenage

Swimworld Policies:

Photography Policy
Child Protection Policy

Equal Opportunities Policy
Health & Safety Policy

Photography Policy

SwimWorld does not permit any photographs to be taken of the children during swimming sessions in a public pool unless prior written consent is obtained from parents/carers and the site management.

We may, on occasions, take photos for promotional purposes, i.e leaflets or website etc. Before doing so, we will seek permission from all those involved, and respect the individuals’ wishes if they do not want to appear in the photos.

Where there is sole useage of the pool by SwimWorld, photographs may be taken, with the adherence to the above.

If you wish to take photos of your child, please inform Sarah Arnold, prior to doing so, either by phone, email or in person.

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Child Protection Policy

SwimWorld will ensure all staff supervising or coaching children (and vulnerable adults) hold a valid DBS certificate and are trained in order to recognise the symptoms of possible abuse.

Staff will investigate changes in children’s behaviour and in accordance with the Children Act, and local authority guidelines, liaise with outside agencies if abuse of any kind is suspected. SwimWorld will welcome children who are on the Social Services ‘at risk register’ and provide support.

SwimWorld and all its employees must take all reasonable steps to protect children from harm, discrimination or degrading treatment and will respect children’s rights, wishes and feelings. We offer a coordinated approach to sessions and activities.

Any suspicions or allegations of abuse must be taken seriously and be responded to quickly and appropriately

SwimWorld along with all its staff recognise their responsibilities under the terms of the Race Relations Act 1976, Sex Discrimination Act 1975 and the Disability Discrimination Act 1996. All children, whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious beliefs and or sexual identity have the right to be protected from abuse.


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Equal Opportunities Policy

As an organisation that provides a range of services from swimming tuition for babies to adults, as well as lifeguard and other industry training, SwimWorld is committed to the principal of equal opportunities.

Everyone will be treated with respect and their individuality acknowledged taking positive account of their gender, religion, ethnic and cultural origin, age social background and abilities.

Each person will be valued as an individual without racial or gender stereotyping. We will, wherever possible, take account of individual customs, values and beliefs, and utilise equipment/materials that help to promote anti-racist and anti-sexist behaviour.

We encourage all participants to develop a well-grounded sense of their own value and worth and that of others.

Every person has the right to participate in an activity regardless of any disability or special need they may have, and if appropriate additional adaptive equipment will be provided alongside the regular equipment that is suitable for everyone, including those with a disability or special need.

SwimWorld will not tolerate any discrimination or prejudice at its venues. All personnel will promote positive attitudes and behaviours.

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Health & Safety Policy

SwimWorld does not own or manage any facilities or premises, but is wholly committed to providing a safe and healthy environment at its sites for the benefit of its staff, customers and contractors by achieving high standards of health & safety in its operations.

By working in conjunction with those who hire the facilities to SwimWorld we will, so far as reasonably practicable:
- Establish, maintain and review health & safety standards through the process of risk assessment.
- Ensure that the premises are without risk to those who use them
- Provide safe systems of work for all employees
- Make suitable arrangements for welfare facilities in the workplace.

SwimWorld works to achieve the involvement of all its staff in fulfilling this commitment through training, supervision and consultation at all levels.

We will provide:
- Appropriate resources
- Suitable induction and ongoing training
- Instruction and information to all team members
- Opportunities for all team members to contribute to hazard identification and rectification
- Means to develop a safety culture in which all staff recognise their obligation to safeguard themselves and others, participate fully in training, and not to misuse anything provided in the interests of health & safety
- Consultation mechanisms through which all team members can become involved in the development of health & safety

SwimWorld will review this policy statement at least annually.

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