Language and tone
Members of Chelsea Longbeach Surf Life Saving Club are required to abide by Surf Life Saving Australia’s Member Protection Policy which includes a code of conduct for dealing with children and young people. In the newsletter we will highlight a different aspect of the code each month.
Language and tone of voice used in the presence of children should:
• provide clear direction, boost their confidence, encourage or affirm them
• not be harmful—therefore, avoid language that is intended to be, or is received or likely to be received by the individual it is directed at or any other person as:
• discriminatory, racist or sexist
• derogatory, belittling or negative, for example, by calling a child a ‘loser’ or telling them they are ‘too fat’
• threatening or frightening
• profane or sexual.
Similar language and tone of voice should be used in all member to member interactions.
• talk to the Child or Young Person in a professional manner and with respect
• use language that is encouraging and supportive and that supports a fun and inclusive environmen• pick up on and address a situation when negative language or tone is being used by a child, parent/guardian or other member and reinforce that it is not appropriate and not right.
• make inappropriate comments about a Child/Young Person’s appearance, including excessive flattering comments
• have inappropriate conversation or enquiries of a sexual nature (e.g., questions about a Child or Young Person’s sexuality or his/her sexual relationship with others)
• use pet names
• make jokes or innuendos of a sexual nature
• use obscene gestures and language
• discuss personal lifestyle details of self, other staff or Children and Young People
• single out a Child or Young Person or denigrate them in front of peers or other members.