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City of Milton Keynes Swim Club achieved Clubmark accreditation in September 2010. Clubmark is a cross-sport accreditation scheme for clubs with junior sections. It was introduced in 2002 by Sport England and is a club development scheme providing a solid foundation for all clubs wishing to establish a youth structure. Clubmark sets core and common criteria for sports clubs to meet in child protection, coaching, competition, sports equity, ethics and club management. Accreditation lasts for three years after which the club will be re-assessed on all areas of the award. A club that qualifies for Clubmark is certified as a well run club which is active and accessible.

Code of Conduct

As part of the Clubmark process City of Milton Keynes Swim Club reviewed its Code of Conduct. All members of City of Milton Keynes Swim Club should read these terms which encourage openness and equality. There is a Code of Conduct for adults and another for young people under 18 years old.

Code of Conduct for adults

All Members and Guests* of City of Milton Keynes Swim Club will:

     .     Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person within the context of swimming.

     .     Treat everyone equally and not discriminate on the grounds of age, gender, disability, race, ethnic  origin, nationality, colour, parental or marital status, religious belief, class or social background, sexual preference or political belief.

     .     Not condone, or allow to go unchallenged, any form of discrimination if witnessed.

     .     Display high standards of behaviour.

     .     Promote the positive aspects of swimming.

     .     Respect the decisions of officials.

     .     Actively discourage unfair play, rule violations and arguing with officials.

     .     Recognise good performance not just results.

     .     Place the well-being and safety of Young People above the development of performance.

     .     Ensure that activities are appropriate for the age, maturity, experience and ability of the individual.

     .     Respect Young People's opinions when making decisions about their participation.

     .     Not smoke, drink or use banned substances whilst actively working with Young People in the Club.

     .     Not provide Young People with alcohol when they are under the care of the Club.

     .     Follow ASA guidelines and any other relevant guidelines issued.

     .     Report any concerns in relation to a Young Person, following reporting procedures laid down by the ASA.

In addition to the above, all Club Officers and Appointed Volunteers will:

     .     Hold relevant qualifications and be covered by appropriate insurance.

     .     Always work in an open environment (i.e. avoid private or unobserved situations and encourage an open environment).

     .     Inform swimmers and parents of the requirements of swimming.

     .     Know and understand the ASA's Child Protection Policy.

(*Members and Guests include all members and officers of the Club and all guests of those members and officers, as well as all individuals who watch / attend / participate / officiate in competitions hosted by the club in whatever capacity)

Code of Conduct for young people

     .     City of Milton Keynes Swim Club is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the well being of all its members.

     .     City of Milton Keynes Swim Club believes that it is important that members, coaches, club officials and parents/carers or guardians associated with the club should, at all times, show respect and understanding for the safety and welfare of others.

     .     Therefore, members are encouraged to be open at all times and to share any concerns or complaints that they may have about any aspect of the club with their coaches.

As a member of City of Milton Keynes Swim Club you are expected to abide by the following junior code of conduct:

     .     All members must swim within the rules and respect officials and their decisions.

     .     All members must respect the rights, dignity and worth of all participants regardless of gender, ability, cultural background or religion.

     .     Members should arrive on time for training and competitions or inform their coach or team manager if they are going to be late.

     .     Members should arrive at training and competitions with a positive and willing attitude.

     .     Members must wear suitable kit for training and competitions.

     .     Members must pay any fees for training or events promptly.

     .     Junior members are not allowed to smoke on club premises or whilst representing the club at competitions.

     .     Junior members are not allowed to consume alcohol or drugs of any kind on the club premises or whilst representing the club.

Incidents & Accidents Guidelines

City of Milton Keynes Swim Club has an official procedure for dealing with incidents and accidents. It is important to have access to this information if an incident occurs, particularly when time is precious.

Contact Numbers & Addresses:

     .     NHS Direct    0845 46 47

     .     Nearest hospital is Milton Keynes General Hospital

     .     Non-urgent calls to the Police can be made to Thames Valley Police on 0845 8 505 505 - Website >>

Emergency Procedure

     .     Stay calm but act swiftly and observe the situation. Is there danger of further injuries?

     .     Listen to what the injured person is saying.

     .     Alert the qualified First Aider or responsible appointed person who should take appropriate action for minor injuries.

     .     In the event of an injury requiring specialist treatment, call the emergency services – 999

     .     The telephone number for NHS Direct is 0845 46 47

     .     Deal with the rest of the group and ensure that they are adequately supervised and safe.

     .     Do not move someone with major injuries. Wait for the emergency medics.

     .     Contact the injured person's parent / carer / guardian.

     .     City of Milton Keynes Swim Club Accident-Incident Guidelines

     .     Complete an Incident / Accident Report Form - Accident-Incident Report Form

     .     Stay calm but act swiftly and observe the situation. Is there danger of further injuries?

Further Information

Further information about Clubmark can be found on the Official Clubmark website  www.clubmark.org.uk