Anti-bullying Policy

ANTI BULLYING POLICY

Waves Swim School is committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all of our swimmers so they can swim in a relaxed and secure atmosphere. Bullying of any kind is unacceptable. If bullying does occur, all swimmers or parents should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively. We are an open and transparent swim school and believe that everybody should have a voice. This means that anyone who knows that bullying is happening is expected to tell their swimming teacher. Bullying will not be tolerated at Waves Swim School and we strive to ensure that this policy is being implemented by all concerned.

What is Bullying?

Bullying is the use of aggression with the intention of hurting another person. Bullying results in emotional or physical pain and distress to the victim. Bullying can be:

  • Emotional – being unfriendly, excluding (emotionally and physically), sending hurtful text messages, tormenting.

  • Physical – pushing, kicking, hitting, punching or any use of violence.

  • Racist – racial taunts or gestures.

  • Sexual – unwanted physical contact or sexually abusive comments.

  • Homophobic – because of, or focusing on the issue of sexuality.

  • Verbal – name-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, teasing.

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. Swimmers who are bullying need to learn different ways of behaving. All organisations have a responsibility to respond promptly and effectively to issues of bullying.