Members are asked to familiarise themselves with the club Safeguarding Policy Statement below.
If you have any queries or concerns, pls speak to the club welfare officer Wendy Whitehead.
The Wey Valley Swimming Club is committed to a club environment in which all children* participating in its activities have a safe and positive experience.
In order to achieve this the club agrees to:
a) Adopt and implement the ASA Wavepower 2016-19 policy in full, using this document as their Safeguarding Policy and Procedures. This document is available at http://www.swimming.org/asa/clubs-and-members/safeguarding-children/
b) Recognise that all children participating in the Wey Valley Swimming Club (regardless of age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, ability or disability) have a right to enjoy their involvement in swimming and be protected from harm and be in a safe environment
c) Ensure that those individuals who work with children in the Wey Valley Swimming Club, whether paid or voluntary, provide a positive, safe and enjoyable experience for children.
d) Appoint a Club Welfare Officer with the necessary skills and training as outlined by the ASA who will take the lead in dealing with all child safeguarding matters raised within the Wey Valley Swimming Club.
e) Ensure that the club Welfare Officers name and contact details are known to all staff, members and parents* of members and be available to discuss issues of concern on matters of safeguarding and deal with such concerns appropriately and in line with Wavepower 2009/11 guidance.
f) Ensure all those persons who work with children in the Wey Valley Swimming Club have undertaken the appropriate training and relevant DBS checks and adhere to the required practices for safeguarding children as outlined in Wavepower 2009/11.
g) Ensure that all individuals who will be working or will work with children in the Wey Valley Swimming Club have been through the ASA recruitment procedure.
h) Ensure that all individuals who work with children in the club have the appropriate training and codes of conduct and good practice to follow in line with the guidance in Wavepower 2009/11.
i) Provide all club members and parents of members with the opportunity to raise concerns in a safe and confidential manner if they have a concern about a child’s welfare or protection.
j) Ensure that all child safeguarding matters, whether they be concerns about child welfare or protection, are dealt with appropriately in accordance with the guidance for reporting and action in Wavepower 2009/11.
k) Ensure that confidentiality is maintained appropriately and in line with the best interests of the child.
l) Ensure all papers relating to child safeguarding matters are held in a safe and secure manner.
*Children are referring to all persons under the age of 18.
"Parents” is anyone who has parental responsibility for the child concerned.
Worried or concerned swimmer? Or worried or concerned about a swimmer? ASA Swimline is a service provided for anyone involved in swimming, including children and young people who believe that the welfare of a young child is at risk. This could be neglect or abuse, bullying or fear of someone, or anything that is worrying you and you don't know who to discuss it with.
Ring the free ASA Helpline 0808 100 4001 (normal working hours) or call the free 24 hour NSPCC Child Protection Helpline direct on 0808 800 5000.