South West Swimming School
Safeguarding Policy Statement
South West Swimming School is committed to providing an environment in which all children participating in its activities have a safe and positive experience.
In order to achieve this South West Swimming School agrees to:
- Adopt and implement Wavepower the Swim England Child Safeguarding Policy and Procedures in full.
- Recognise that all children participating in activities regardless of their age, gender, race, faith, sexual orientation and ability have the right to enjoy their involvement in our sports in a safe environment and be protected from harm.
- Ensure that all individuals who work or volunteer with children in our organisation provide a positive, safe and enjoyable experience for children.
- Appoint a Welfare Officer with the necessary skills and training as outlined in Wavepower who will take the lead in dealing with all child safeguarding matters raised within the organisation.
- Ensure that the Welfare Officers’ name and contact details are known to all staff, members and parents/guardians of members that are under 18.
- Ensure that all individuals who work with children in the organisation have undertaken the appropriate training, have had the relevant DBS checks and adhere to Wavepower and the Regulations of our sports.
- Ensure that all individuals who will be working or will work with children in either a paid or voluntary role have been recruited in accordance with the Safe Recruitment Policy contained in Wavepower.
- Ensure that all individuals who work with children in the organisation have received the appropriate training for their role and been provided, understand and adhere to the requirements of the Codes of Conduct and Wavepower.
- Provide all members of the organisation and parents/guardians of members under 18 with the opportunity to raise concerns in relation to a child’s welfare in a safe and confidential manner.
- 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.
- Ensure that confidentiality is always maintained and in line with the best interests of the child.
- Ensure all information relating to child safeguarding matters are held safely and securely.
Swim England 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 of the swimmer or requires additional specific assistance. This generally is 7 years of age. In such circumstances the parent must be the same gender as the child. At South West Swim School 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 are able to change themselves but those that need assistance our policy is that the sex of the changing room that should be used when a child needs help in getting changed is of the same sex as the parent/adult that is helping ie. a mum helping her son should be using the female changing room and a dad helping his daughter should be using the male changing room.
For more info please check Swim England Wavepower Document: Wavepower 2020-2023