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.
FAQ Information Views: 704 Keywords: Created: 10.02.2018 Updated: 10.02.2018
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?
FAQ Information Views: 1048 Keywords: Created: 10.02.2018 Updated: 26.03.2018
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).
Video: Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS): What we do.
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.
FAQ Information Views: 737 Keywords: Created: 11.02.2018 Updated: 28.10.2019
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
FAQ Information Views: 703 Keywords: Created: 11.02.2018 Updated: 11.02.2018
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
FAQ Information Views: 626 Keywords: Created: 07.03.2018 Updated: 07.03.2018
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.
FAQ Information Views: 582 Keywords: Created: 12.03.2018 Updated: 02.07.2019
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.
FAQ Information Views: 591 Keywords: Created: 07.03.2018 Updated: 12.03.2018
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.
FAQ Information Views: 578 Keywords: Created: 14.03.2018 Updated: 14.03.2018
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.
FAQ Information Views: 614 Keywords: Created: 16.03.2018 Updated: 16.03.2018
All children and young people have the right to enjoy their sport safely. This applies whether playing in a local park, participating in a local club activity or representing their school, county, region or country.
The 112-page CSPU resource, Safe sport events, activities and competitions (PDF), will help you to ensure that you meet the safeguarding responsibilities for your event and take steps to promote the wellbeing of all participants and other young people involved, including volunteers and officials.
It's appropriate for events held anywhere in the UK.
The online safe sports events management tool brings this document to life. The tool allows you to work through all elements of planning an event, at any level, and also provides supporting resources to further assist you.
You do not necessarily need to work through each section of the tool - you can just identify which parts are relevant to you and work through these at the appropriate level.
CPSU Event-planning flowcharts
- Inter-school competition (level 2): safe event planning flowchart
- School Games festival (level 3): safe event planning flowchart
- Heatwave advice to event organisers
- Lost/found child form
- Missing children and young people at sports events – procedure and flowchart
FAQ Information Views: 539 Keywords: Created: 30.03.2018 Updated: 30.03.2018
UK Coaching now offer three versions of their online renewal, which are all accepted by Swim England for SwimMark accreditation..
- Safeguarding and Protecting Children (75 mins) – includes the core refresher module plus the Safe Communication with Digital Kids module
- Safeguarding and Protecting Children (60 mins) – includes the core refresher module plus the Safeguarding Deaf and Disabled Children module
- Safeguarding and Protecting Children (75 mins) – includes the core refresher module plus the Positive Parents module
Please note that prior to completing any of the above online renewals individuals must have initially attended UK Coaching face-to-face training.
View online courses on UK Coaching website.
FAQ Information Views: 482 Keywords: Created: 02.08.2018 Updated: 02.08.2018
In 2015, the Government created its overall UK sport strategy which asked CIMSPA to partner with Sport England and work together to ensure the workforce is ready to take on the challenge of creating an active, healthy nation and a strong society.
CIMSPA is working with employers, training providers and universities to enable employees and students to benefit from a clear career pathway based on professional standards and quality assured training in the sport and physical activity sector.
Download the summary version of CIMSPA Professional Standard: Technical Specialism for Safeguarding and Protecting Children
(The full version of the standard is available to CIMSPA awarding organisation, skills development, higher education and further education partners and includes Product development guidance).
FAQ Information Views: 396 Keywords: Created: 18.11.2018 Updated: 18.11.2018
If an organisation needs to hold records about a child or adult for any reason, it must have policies and procedures in place regarding the retention and storage of that information.
Download guidance from the Child Protection in Sport Unit (Oct 2018)
FAQ Information Views: 366 Keywords: Created: 22.11.2018 Updated: 22.11.2018
There is a common misconception that all staff working in leisure centres should be asked to apply for DBS certificates. This has stemmed from concerns around access to changing rooms where children may be undressed, the potential for physical contact with children in emergency situations and because children often visit these facilities without their parents or guardians.
Read DBS Guidance in England and Wales on the subject.
FAQ Information Views: 220 Keywords: Created: 20.03.2019 Updated: 20.03.2019
Download the Club Matters Infographic below.
FAQ Information Views: 133 Keywords: Created: 02.07.2019 Updated: 02.07.2019
Download Presentation on topics covered include:
- The Safeguarding Team
- The role of the Welfare Officer
- Reminder that not all concerns / complaints are child safeguarding
- Self Harm
- Swim England Medical Protocol
- Organisations which can help
- Changing Rooms
- What you should do
- Measures to tackle problems
- Who's responsibility?
- Club Hub
- Bespoke safeguarding training
FAQ Information Views: 109 Keywords: Created: 29.08.2019 Updated: 29.08.2019
Download Presentation by Swim England Child Safeguarding Team which covers
- Variation of concerns
- Safeguarding and Welfare
- Child Protection
- Types of ‘Open’ CP Cases (2018)
- Codes of Conduct / Ethics & Disputes
- Where Safeguarding fits - governance
FAQ Information Views: 93 Keywords: Created: 29.08.2019 Updated: 29.08.2019
Download Presentation by Keith Oddy, Independent Child Protection Officer which covers
- What Child Abuse Images are
- Legal aspect
- Common sites
- What we can do
- Ongoing prevention
FAQ Information Views: 101 Keywords: Created: 29.08.2019 Updated: 29.08.2019
The attitude and behaviour of parents and spectators has a strong impact on the way in which a child approaches sport.
Over recent years, parent and spectator behaviour has drawn increase media scrutiny.
The ‘Positive Behaviour Workshop’ aims to identify, support and reinforce positive behaviour whilst supporting clubs and individuals to recognise and address negative behaviour.
FAQ Information Views: 101 Keywords: Created: 29.08.2019 Updated: 29.08.2019
If you are struggling with day to day life of being a swimmer or coach, this poster explains where you can get help.
FAQ Information Views: 71 Keywords: Created: 17.09.2019 Updated: 17.09.2019
Download document with information
- on preferred recommended training
- on online Refresher Training
- for Child Safeguarding Professionals or those who work with children in a frontline role
FAQ Information Views: 62 Keywords: Created: 20.10.2019 Updated: 20.10.2019
Swim England is committed to promoting the welfare of all involved in swimming and will seek to establish a process that will make it straightforward for people to raise any concerns they have, about the way in which promoting welfare has been managed.
Download the procedure which sets out the method of dealing with a child welfare concern when a complaint is received from a parent, guardian, carer, child or other member.
This procedure needs to be read in conjunction with Wavepower, Swim England’s Child Safeguarding Policies and Procedures, the Child Safeguarding Protocols, Child Protection Regulations 241 et al and the Judicial Regulations and Guidelines
FAQ Information Views: 52 Keywords: Created: 20.10.2019 Updated: 20.10.2019
The Club Welfare Officer's role is essential in providing a first point of contact for children, parents and adults within the club who have a child safeguarding or welfare concern.
Download role description.
FAQ Information Views: 58 Keywords: Created: 20.10.2019 Updated: 20.10.2019
The short film belowintroduces the work of the NSPCC's Child Protection in Sport Unit team and how it can support sports organisations in safeguarding children and young people attending and participating in sport.
FAQ Information Views: 55 Keywords: Created: 24.10.2019 Updated: 24.10.2019
The Care Act recognises 10 categories of abuse that may be experienced by adults.
Click on the linked types below to view further safeguarding information from the Ann Craft Trust.
This covers a wide range of behaviour, but it can be broadly defined as neglecting to care for one’s personal hygiene, health, or surroundings. An example of self-neglect is behaviour such as hoarding.
This encompasses slavery, human trafficking, forced labour, and domestic servitude.
This includes psychological, physical, sexual, financial, and emotional abuse perpetrated by anyone within a person’s family. It also includes so-called “honour” based violence.
Discrimination is abuse that centres on a difference or perceived difference, particularly with respect to race, gender, disability, or any of the protected characteristics of the Equality Act.
This includes neglect and poor care practice within an institution or specific care setting, such as a hospital or care home, or in relation to care provided in one’s own home. Organisational abuse can range from one off incidents to ongoing ill-treatment. It can be through neglect or poor professional practice as a result of the structure, policies, processes and practices within an organisation.
This includes hitting, slapping, pushing, kicking, restraint, and misuse of medication. It can also include inappropriate sanctions.
This includes rape, indecent exposure, sexual harassment, inappropriate looking or touching, sexual teasing or innuendo, sexual photography, subjection to pornography or witnessing sexual acts, indecent exposure and sexual assault, or sexual acts to which the adult has not consented, or was pressured into consenting.
Financial or Material
This includes theft, fraud, internet scamming, and coercion in relation to an adult’s financial affairs or arrangements, including in connection with wills, property, inheritance or financial transactions. It can also include the misuse or misappropriation of property, possessions, or benefits.
Neglect and Acts of Omission
This includes ignoring medical or physical care needs and failing to provide access to appropriate health social care or educational services. It also includes the withdrawing of the necessities of life, including medication, adequate nutrition, and heating.
Emotional or Psychological
This includes threats of harm or abandonment, deprivation of contact, humiliation, blaming, controlling, intimidation, coercion, harassment, verbal abuse, isolation, or withdrawal from services or supportive networks.
Four Additional Types of HarmThere are four additional types of harm that are not included in The Care Act, but they are also relevant to safeguarding adults.
Cyber bullying occurs when someone repeatedly makes fun of another person online, or repeatedly picks on another person through emails or text messages. It can also involve using online forums with the intention of harming, damaging, humiliating, or isolating another person. It includes various different types of bullying, including racist bullying, homophobic bullying, or bullying related to special education needs and disabilities. The main difference is that, instead of the perpetrator carrying out the bullying face-to-face, they use technology as a means to do it.
This is a term used to describe a marriage in which one or both of the parties are married without their consent or against their will. A forced marriage differs from an arranged marriage, in which both parties consent to the assistance of a third party in identifying a spouse. The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 make it a criminal offence to force someone to marry.
A “mate crime” is when “vulnerable people are befriending by members of the community who go on to exploit and take advantage of them” (Safety Network Project, ARC). It may not be an illegal act, but it still has a negative effect on the individual. A mate crime is carried out by someone the adult knows, and it often happens in private. In recent years there have been a number of Serious Care Reviews relating to people with a learning disability who were seriously harmed, or even murdered, by people who purported to be their friend.
The aim of radicalisation is to inspire new recruits, embed extreme views and persuade vulnerable individuals to the legitimacy of a cause. This may be direct through a relationship, or through social media.
FAQ Information Views: 13 Keywords: Created: 13.01.2020 Updated: 13.01.2020