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Swim-1st Changing Room Policy - Brambletye

Swim-1st Changing Room Policy for Brambletye School Swimming Pool

For the safeguarding of children Swim-1st have written the following procedures following consultation and guidance with the ASA (Amateur Swimming Association).

Please be aware the changing rooms at Brambletye are group changing rooms and consist of a female group changing room and a male group changing room. There is no public use during our hire periods of the pool and its changing facilities.

The following paragraph is taken from the ASA Changing Room Policy:

Parents should not be in the changing room while their swimmers are changing, unless the swimmer is of an age where help is required from parents or the swimmer requires additional specific assistance. This is generally at an age that is stipulated by the pool hirer, usually 7 or 8 years of age. In such circumstances the parent must be the same gender as the child, unless the facility has family changing facilities or is a “mixed changing village”.

At Swim-1st we are aware that this is not always feasible and often there are mums that bring their sons and dads that bring their daughters. Often children younger than 7 or 8 are able to change themselves but for those that need assistance our policy is that the sex of the changing room that should be used when a child needs help getting changed is of the same sex as the parent/adult that is helping.

I.e. A mum helping her son should be using the female changing rooms and a dad helping their daughter should be using the male changing room.

This would be the same as if a parent was with their child of the opposite sex who was needing the toilet at a supermarket, leisure centre and public toilets or changing in a health club group changing room. The changing room or toilet that would be used would be of the same gender as the adult. Dads wouldn’t go in to the ladies and Mums wouldn’t go in to the men’s.

For the safeguarding of children we also recomend that children do not get changed on poolside in front of others.