If you have any concerns about child or member welfare, you can contact us via our Member Welfare Form.
A member's right to participate in an environment free from danger is a foundational component of our club philosophy.
The Swimming Australia National Integrity Framework underpins WMP’s commitment to children and young people’s safety. WMP has adopted our own Safe Sport Policy, based on the Swimming Australia National Integrity Framework.
Click here for the WMP Child Safety Standards which include the Swimming Australia National Integrity Framework Child Safe Commitment Statement.
All members are expected to be aware of, and comply with, these requirements.
The Swimming Australia National Integrity Framework (NIF) is an initiative of Swimming Australia and confirms the shared responsibility we all have for keeping each other safe in swimming - children and adults alike.
The NIF was updated by Swimming Australia, with the effective date being 1 January 2024. The NIF can be found here.
The NIF comprises the following 6 governing documents:
The last noted policy regarding children and young people:
The NIF was developed by a committee from a range of Swimming Australia member associations in consultation with the Australian Childhood Foundation and the Australian Sports Commission.
The NIF puts swimming at the forefront of safeguarding children and member processes, procedures and resources in Australia.
In support of the NIF, WMP requires all coaches, team managers, staff, committee members and other volunteers (other than time keepers) to hold a current Working With Children’s check.
If any swimmer, parent, coach or official feels they have been treated in a way that does not meet the NIF or would like to discuss any part of the NIF, they are encouraged to contact Geraldine King, the club's Member Protection Information Officer (MPIO) at email@example.com
Sport Integrity Australia has provided this guide, which you can use to assist in making decisions for the welfare of our children and young people: Child Safeguarding Policy Flow Chart
Need help with an integrity issue? Who do I contact?
Complaints referring to Children and Young person Safeguarding including abuse (sexual, emotional, physical, neglect, exposure to family and domestic violence). Member protection where complaints are based on characteristics including race, disability, sex, religion or age.
T: 1300 027 232
Member protection where complaints refer to abuse, bullying, harassment, sexual misconduct, victimisation, and vilification. Improper Use of Drugs and Medicine. Competition Manipulation and Sport Gambling. Breach of Code of conduct where complaints refer to role model behaviours for e.g use of social media, responsible use of alcohol.
T: 0417 993 846 (National Integrity Manager)
T: 0474 485 023 (Complaints Manager)
In addition to the NIF, below are some websites that could be helpful to our community (individuals, families, coaches and committee members or anyone else who feels these services are appropriate to them):
WMP takes the emotional and physical safety of our community very seriously and has support available to all club members.
The Grievance Officer is someone you can contact to help resolve issues at club level that you feel you cannot navigate by yourself.
The Grievance Officer will work with you and the committee, the coaching team and Swimming Victoria to plan and enact solutions to challenges.
You can contact our Grievance Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Child Safety Officer is someone you can contact to report concerns you might have about member well-being as well as emotional and physical safety.
You can contact our Child Safety Officer at email@example.com
The Grievance Officer and the Child Safety Officer are not club members and are impartial contacts available for you to connect with to manage your concerns.
You can find guidance on our grievance process in our Grievance Policy.
You can find guidance on online safety in our Social Media and Online Safety Guidelines.