Taking Equality & Diversity seriously

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What is our Equality & Diversity Policy?

USwim is committed to ensuring that everyone has the right to enjoy swimming in an environment which does not discriminate in any form, ensuring that everyone has the right to enjoy sport in an environment free from the threat of discrimination, intimidation, harassment or abuse..  We both support and follow the Swim England Equality and Diversity Policy, details and guidance of which can be found at https://www.swimming.org/swimengland/equality-and-diversity/

We are committed to treating everyone equally regardless of their age, level of ability or disability, gender (including gender reassignment), marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation or any other relevant characteristic.

We seek to fulfil Swim England’s Equality and Diversity Policy by ensuring that equality is incorporated in all aspects of of activities and also recognise and adopt the principles the Swim England Equality & Diversity policy objectives which states:

Swim England and its subsidiaries are fully committed to the principles and practice of equality of opportunity in all its functions: as an employer, membership organisation, awarding body, in its training and development of teachers and coaches; involvement with officials and administrators; as an advisor to swimming pool designers and operators and as a facilitator of the aquatic disciplines by all its members. It is responsible for ensuring that no job applicant, employee, volunteer, member, service user or person within its jurisdiction (together “Stakeholders”) are unlawfully discriminated against because of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation (together the “Protected Characteristics under the Equality Act 2010”) or any other irrelevant characteristic.
Swim England considers the aquatic disciplines to provide “sport for all”. They can and should be made accessible to everyone, to the greatest extent possible.

We empower all those working for us to uphold the responsibility to challenge discriminatory behaviour and to promote equality of opportunity.  Swimming Teachers have a responsibility not only to behave equitably themselves but they must also play an important role in promoting equitable behaviour among other participants of the lessons and in selecting appropriate ways of dealing with inequitable behaviour that may arise during the sessions.   We promote the establishing and implementation of professional and ethical values and practice, adapting and working flexibly so as to respond to the needs of a wide and diverse range of people.  We will address with utmost seriousness any incidence of discriminatory behaviour, in accordance with our own disciplinary procedures.

It is the parent or carer’s responsibility to make us aware of any issues that may be a barrier to a child learning to swim. Any swimmers with medical conditions are made known to the instructors at the beginning of each term. The instructors will work together to devise a swimming programme that is achievable and challenging but which also reflects that swimmer’s abilities.

Parent, guardians or carers have a responsibility to make us aware of any issues that may form a barrier to a child learning to swim. Swimmers with medical conditions should be made known to us at enrolment, and updated where any condition changes, or new condition emerges. We will work together and support to devise a swimming programme that is achievable and challenging but which also reflects that swimmer’s abilities.

We aim to have a diverse workforce which reflects the wider community in terms of gender, ethnicity and disability alongside all other Protected Characteristics as contained in the Equality Act 2010. As an employer, all applicants for any job role will be considered fairly and objectively by competent interviewers and assessors, with training, development, and career progression for existing employees to be fairly considered and consistently applied.  Our processes will be under regular review to ensure we achieve our Equality & Diversity commitment.

  • Revision 30/4/2023

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