Policy Statement

At Derwentside Amateur Swimming Club we are 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 this club, and if it does occur swimmers and parents should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively.  Anyone who knows that bullying is happening is expected to tell their club Welfare Officer or any committee member.

What is Bullying?

Bullying is the repetitive, intentional hurting of one person or group by another person or group, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power. It can happen face-to-face or through cyberspace, and comes in many different forms:

Bullying can be:

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. Members of the organisation who are bullying others need to learn to behave more appropriately. Organisations have a responsibility to respond promptly and effectively to issues of bullying.

Signs and Symptoms

Although a child may not necessarily explicitly state that they are being bullied, they may still display signs or behaviours that indicate he or she is being bullied. Adults should be aware of these signs and be prepared to investigate if a child:

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

Objectives of Derwentside ASC Anti-Bullying Policy




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

Derwentside ASC Club Action

If the club decides it is appropriate for them to deal with the situation Derwentside ASC will follow the procedure outlined in the Club’s Complaints and Disciplinary Procedure.

This Policy is based on that provided to schools and Swim England by Kidscape.

Other Helpful Organisations

Swimline: 0808 100 4001

Kidscape Parents Helpline: 020 7823 5430 (Mon-Wed 9.30am-2.30pm)

ChildLine: 0800 1111 (24 hours)

Child Power Leaflet

Youth Access: 020 8772 9900 (Mon-Fri 9.30pm-1pm and 2pm-5.30pm)

Family Lives: (formerly Parentline Plus) 0808 800 2222

Karen O’Halleron Hutchinson
Welfare Officer
07837 256553