Welfare and Child Protection Policy
Perry Beeches SSS Swimming Club is committed to the welfare of all swimmers and children as detailed in our child protection policy. Safeguarding children should be an integral part of all club activities, so that we can create a culture that provides a safe, happy and fun environment in which children can learn to swim and develop to a level appropriate for their ability. The purpose of these pages are to set out guidance and procedures that outline the responsibilities of staff, swimmers, parents who are members of or associated to those within Beeches Swimming Club. Our Welfare Officer is Karen Westwood who can be contacted at any time to talk to or ask for help.
The club holds SwimMark Accreditation, which we have held since 2010. This is Swim England’s ‘quality mark’. It recognises nationally and regionally the clubs that are committed to providing safe, effective and quality services for the benefit of their members. It is also Swim England’s Club Development model – a planning tool, based on the principles of Long Term Athlete Development, enabling clubs to help athletes, teachers, coaches and administrators to achieve their full potential. It focuses particularly on the needs of athletes – striving to provide them with the best possible support and environment.
As part of providing a safe environment, as well as welfare which is covered in the next section, we expect all swimmers, parents and members to be know about and agree to the club’s codes of conduct.
This policy runs in accordance with the overall Code of Conduct, available on our website it should be read by every swimmer and signed by swimmers and/or parents (or those with parental responsibility). Beeches Swimming Club fully endorses and operates in accordance with Swim England Child Protection Policy (Wavepower) and Swim England’s Code of Ethics, details of which can be found on the Swim England website or by speaking with the Club Welfare Officer (details below).
Beeches Swimming Club has adopted and implemented the Swim England Child Safeguarding Policy and Procedures. These are laid out in the Swim England’s Wavepower 2012/15 manual. Wavepower is about safeguarding children and young people in line with current legislation and guidance.
Wavepower 2012/15 is the Swim England Child Safeguarding Policy and Procedures manual and replaces all previous Swim England Child Safeguarding Policy and Procedures documents. All Swim England affiliated clubs should adopt and implement Wavepower 2012/15.
The theme of Wavepower 2012/15 is to safeguard children and young people in line with current legislation and guidance. The responsibility to safeguard children in our clubs and related activities lies will all those involved in the sport and is not the sole responsibility of any one person at club, county or national level. Safeguarding children should become an integral part of all club activities and create a culture that provides a safe, happy and fun environment in which children can learn to swim and develop to a level appropriate for their ability.
The aim of Wavepower 2012/15 is to enable everyone in our sport to play their part in safeguarding children offering practical guidance for those who are directly involved in working with children and providing awareness of both mandatory requirements and good practice guidance.
The manual is fully indexed and divided into sub-sections tailored to different groups.
The document will be fully updated in 2016 but in the meantime if there are any changes in Policy of new guidance becomes available new pages will be added to this section of the website.
Swim England’s Wavepower 2016 / 2019:
- Wavepower15 Intro Full index with page numbers
- Wavepower15 Section1 Information and contents
- Wavepower15 Section2 Introduction to Wavepower (Pages 8-17)
- Wavepower15 Section3 Toolbox (Pages 18-89)
- Wavepower15 Section4 Child safeguarding responsibilities (Pages 90-93)
- Wavepower15 Section5 Guidance for coaches, teachers and poolside helpers (Pages 94-105)
- Wavepower15 Section6 Templates, forms and checklist (Pages 106-123)
For more information from Swim England (formerly known as the ASA) please check out the link below:
Perry Beeches SSS Swimming Club complies with the Swim England Child Protection Policy and Procedures. National Standards have been developed by the NSPCC that aim to promote best practice so that a safe environment for children and young people is achieved.
Safeguarding and Protecting Children in Sport
Perry Beeches SSS Swimming Club believe that the welfare of the children is everyone’s responsibility, particularly when it comes to protecting children from abuse.
Everyone involved in swimming at the club – administrators, club officials, coaches, teachers, parents, friends, children themselves – can help.
Abuse can occur anywhere there are children – at home, school, in the park, at the club. Sadly, there are some people who will seek to be where children are, simply in order to abuse them.
We believe that everyone in the Swim England/Swimming Club has a part to play in looking after the children with whom we are working. This is both a moral and arguably a legal obligation.
The child protection procedures within the club stem from the following principles:
- The child’s welfare is the first consideration
- All children, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial origin, religious belief and sexual identity have a right to be protected from abuse.
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