Safe sport


Keeping our sport safe

The safety of children and young people in our sport is paramount. We want swimming to be fun, enjoyable and safe for all. All of us in the Australian swimming community have a role to play in ensuring that we keep our proud sport as safe and enjoyable as possible. 

The Safe Sport Framework (SSF) confirms the shared responsibility we all have for keeping each other safe in swimming - children and adults alike. The Safe Sport Framework replaces our previous child and member welfare policies and procedures from 29 July 2016, as well as our Codes of Conduct. It:

Specifically commits to keeping our Children and Young People safe in swimming;
Clarifies and raises the standards of behaviour for dealing with Children and Young People through a new “Code of Conduct for dealing with Children and Young People”;
Consolidates our previous role-specific Codes of Conduct into one General Code of Conduct;
Strengthens and clarifies processes and procedures when safe sport concerns or incidents arise;
Requires more rigorous recruitment and screening procedures, as well as reporting by all organisations in swimming; and
Provides guidance, advice, tips and tools to assist us to keep each other and our sport safe.

The Framework has been developed by a committee of experienced people from a range of our Member Associations in consultation with the Australian Childhood Foundation and the Australian Sports Commission. The Framework is a critical piece of work to underpin the positive influence that swimming – and our swimming community – can have on the lives of all participants. It will also put swimming at the forefront of safeguarding children and member processes, procedures and resources in Australia.

CALL Swimming Australia on (03) 9910 7010 if you have any child protection concerns or talk to your local club representative.

What next?
A good starting point to understanding the SSF is to read the guide here and to check out the resources here

Online Safe Sport Unit
Swimming Australia have also released our free Online Safe Sport unit, which will introduce everyone involved in the sport to the legal and ethical policies, principles and practices, which guide working with children and young people. The unit has been developed in collaboration with Victoria University and is available on the VU Online Course learning store. You can enrol in and complete our free Online Unit here.

Dowload the framework
The Safe Sport Framework is made up of four parts, supported by a number of resources, FAQ's and checklists.


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