Code of Conduct for Parents/Guardians

You should help and support the implementation of best practice policies in your child’s/children’s Club by following the code below.

Understand and ensure your child/children abide by The Code for Young People

Be available for specified duties if and when required; some duties are mandatory and form part of the procedures for safeguarding your children; some will be at the request of the Club.

Have an awareness of and respect for Leaders and other adults and their roles within the Club

Respect and abide by the decisions made by the Committee and other Leaders, these should be made in the best interests of the children in the Club

Understand the complaints process and follow the proper procedure if you feel unjustly treated, with the knowledge that any complaint will be dealt with effectively and confidentially

Know your child’s training and/or competitive programme, and accept it is your responsibility for delivering and collecting your child/children.  Parents/guardians should ensure they do not leave their child/children waiting unsupervised at any time

Ensure the environment is safe and enjoyable for your child/children

Promote fair play and the positive aspects of sport

Be a role model for your children and young people by maintaining the highest standards of personal conduct and respectful behaviour in any activity related to the Club or Swim Ireland.

Allow your child to focus their efforts and success in terms of their goals rather than winning being the main objective

Promote participation for children that is fun, safe and in the spirit of fair play

Ensure appropriate leaders are informed regarding any absenteeism, medical conditions or other relevant matters concerning your child

Arrange an appropriate time and place for discussing any matter with leaders and coaches; communication should not take place whilst leaders and coaches are in a position of supervision or responsible for other young people

You should have the opportunity to put forward suggestions and comments

Provide the Club and your child with emergency contact information and to be reasonably available in case of emergency

Abide by the procedures and policies in this document especially with regard to the use of mobile phones, any type of camera and videoing equipment.

Be aware and abide by the Code of Ethics, this document, the rules and constitution of Swim Ireland and the rules and constitution of your own Club