To help ensure your children’s safety at swimming clubs here are a few questions you can ask
- How do I contact you should I need to?
- Is the club SwimMark accredited? If not, why not?
- Can I see the club copy of Wavepower and specifically section six which is written for parents?
- Are there any procedures in place for dealing with concerns, complaints and disciplinary issues and who do I need to approach to raise such issues?
- Are all coaches and teachers suitably qualified and experienced?
- Does the club follow Swim England guidance in Wavepower on away events?
- Does the club follow the Swim England anti-bullying policy?
- Does the club arrange for all appropriate coaches, teachers and volunteers involved with the supervision of children at the club to attend approved child safeguarding training?
- Are parents encouraged to watch or become involved in the club and their child’s training in an appropriate manner?
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Concerns raised will be dealt with following the Swim England guidance on confidentiality.
- If your concern is about a child you consider may be in immediate risk of injury or harm, or has been injured or harmed, do not hesitate and immediately contact the local Children’s Social Care Team, the police, or the Swim England Safeguarding Team. They will ensure action is taken without delay to ensure the wellbeing of the child or young person. The club welfare officer and the Swim England Safeguarding Team must be informed as soon as possible of a referral to the statutory agencies.
- If there is no immediate risk as outlined above it is important you raise your concern as soon as possible with the club welfare officer. They will advise you as to action to be taken and if necessary refer the matter to the statutory agencies or the Swim England Safeguarding Team.
- If you do not wish to approach the club directly you can call the Swimline number 0808 100 4001. You will need to leave a number for a Swimliner or the Swim England Safeguarding Team to call you back or if you wish to speak to someone immediately, hold on and you will be put through to the NSPCC Helpline.
- If the matter is involving your child you will be advised of what you should do and kept fully involved of all action taken.
- If the matter is about a child unrelated to yourself information will only be made available to you in line with appropriate confidentiality.
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The Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 introduced new safeguarding and vetting requirements affecting all individuals who have contact with children and adults at risk.
In December 2012 the Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) merged to form the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
The DBS enable Swim England to make more informed recruitment decisions for position(s) where there are individuals wishing to work with children or adults at risk. Individuals are required to undertake a Barred List check and/or Enhanced DBS Disclosure.
A Barred List check is a legal requirement for all individuals applying to work in Regulated Activity. This check will show if an individual is barred from working with children or adults at risk.
Regulated Activity is defined as unsupervised activities that are either:
Teaching, training, instructing, providing advice/guidance on wellbeing, supervising, caring, transporting children, or anyone who manages people in this category
And that happens frequently (once a week or more often), intensively (on 4 or more days in a 30 day period) or overnight.
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For a small annual subscription of just £13 applicants can have their DBS Certificate kept up-to-date and take it with them from role to role, within the same Workforce, where the same type and level of check is required.
View further information on DBS and the update service
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This guidance from the CPSU raises awareness around non-recent abuse and why it's important it's reported and responded to by sports organisations.
- why it's important for sports organisations to be aware
- what is non-recent historic abuse?
- why having a policy on non-recent abuse is important
- putting reporting procedures in place
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This briefing from the CPSU has been developed to assist pool operators, managers and staff to establish a consistent approach to decisions about the eligibility of pool lifeguards for Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks as part of their recruitment. It‘s based on current legislation, DBS guidance and safeguarding good practice, and has been informed by the DBS policy team.
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Despite some traditionally negative misconceptions about deaf and disabled young people, the reality is that the vast majority of them are ready, willing and able to participate in sport and physical activity when they have access to facilities and appropriately trained staff to support them. Staff do not need additional qualifications - but should have qualifications to coach children, and the confidence to deliver these sessions inclusively.
Download this CPSU Factsheet for guidance.
Video: a group of disabled young people involved in a number of different sports discuss with Ade Adepitan, GB Wheelchair basketball player, the challenges they have come up against when trying to get involved in sport. As well as sharing their experiences they also offer advice to sports organisations on how to break down these barriers and make it easier for disabled young people to get involved in their sport.
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Dr Melanie Lang (Edge Hill University) has produced a video presentation for sports coach UK on challenging coach anxiety of adult-child touch in sport through a children's rights approach.
The most important aspect of Dr Lang’s presentation is that positive and appropriate touch in sport can actually help children identify inappropriate touch, should that ever occur.
Dr Lang discusses the concerns of some coaches regarding touch in a sporting context, particularly against the backdrop of high-profile abuse cases inside and outside of sport.
A common myth is that ‘coaches must never touch children in sport’. This myth is dispelled using the latest research and evidence.
Promoting good practice
Dr Lang explains some of the principles around good practice, ensuring that the child’s welfare is paramount throughout demonstrations of technique.
Due to the spreading of some myths, some of the powerful benefits of touch are forgotten. It can be a helpful communication tool or a way to reassure a distressed or anxious child.
The question that coaches should always ask themselves is: will touch benefit the child?
Download this CPSU briefing for guidance on the appropriate use of physical contact between adults and young people in sports activities.
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SwimLine is a child protection helpline. Callers to SwimLine can leave their name, contact details and a description of their concerns, and will then be contacted by Swim England Safeguarding Team within 48 hours. There is also the opportunity to transfer to the NSPCC Child Protection Helpine if urgent assistance is required to protect a child.
You can call SwimLine on 0808 100 4001.
In an emergency, when you believe a child may have been harmed or be at immediate risk of harm and you are unable to contact the Welfare Officer or the Swim England Safeguarding Team, you should without delay refer the concern to your local Police Child Protection Team, MASH or Children’s Social Care so any necessary actions can be taken by those professionals to safeguard the child.
You do not have to decide whether your concern or incident is, or is not, child abuse or a failure to safeguard a child. You do have to refer a concern to the appropriate agency so they can make that decision.
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