Barnstaple Swimming Club – Child Protection Policy
Barnstaple Swimming Club advocates that the welfare of children( A child being defined as a person under 18 years of age) is everyone’s responsibility :- eg:-administrators, club officials, coaches/teachers, parents, friends, volunteers, and children themselves all have a duty of care to safeguard all children involved in the Club from harm/abuse. Everyone involved in the Club has a enhanced CRB check carried out every 3 years.
Barnstaple Swimming Club will ensure the safety and protection of all children involved in the Club through complying with Child Protection Guidelines adopted by the Club.
We as a Club will follow the “Every Child Matters” guidelines which is also supported by the Children’s Act 2004, whose aim is that every child no matter what their circumstances and background has a right to be healthy, stay safe, enjoy and achieve, make a positive contribution and achieve economic well being.
The Children Act 2004 indicates that anyone who has the care of children should “do what is reasonable in all circumstances for the purpose of safeguarding or promoting the child’s welfare.”
NB:- A Child is defined as a person under 18 years of age.
The aim of the Child Protection Policy is to promote good practice by:-
a) Providing children and young persons with appropriate safety and protection whilst in the care of the Club.
b) Allowing all those working with the children and young persons to make informed confidential responses to specific child protection issues.
It is generally acknowledged that there are 6 main types of abuse:- Physical, Sexual, Emotional, Neglect, Bullying and Harassment.
The Club has an anti-bullying policy a copy of which can be found in the Policies/Procedures file which is held by the Child Welfare Officer and is available for all to see on request as are the guidelines on social networking sites/codes of conduct etc. The photography/telephone Policies are displayed on the Club Notice Board and updated regularly.
Good practice which can help to prevent Child Abuse.
a) Avoid situations whereby teacher/coach/club official and child are alone. One to One contact must never be allowed to occur on a regular basis.
b) Ascertain the child’s and the parent’s/carer’s views regarding manual support for children who need this kind of help particularly when they are in the water.
c) If it is necessary to assist young or disabled children with situations of a personal nature ensure that two adults are involved. Get the child’s consent if at all possible and also certainly get consent from the parent/carer. Explain to the child what you are going to do and why.
d) Parents/carers and/or nominated officials to be responsible for children in the changing area
e) Ensure that male and female teachers/coaches / club officials always accompany mixed teams.
f) Do not allow any physically rough or sexually provocative games, inappropriate talking or touching by anyone, in any group.
g) Always be aware of persons (particularly at Competitions and Galas) who do not appear to be relatives or friends of children who are swimming but seem to want to be videoing or photographing them. ( NB:- the Club officials must ensure that anyone using a camera or videoing be approached and asked why they wish to do it and if the response is acceptable to the club official concerned he/she must get the person to sign the Book designated by the Club for this purpose).
If you have concerns regarding the welfare of a child or young person and if you are a member, volunteer, parent/carer or friend of the Barnstaple Swimming Club please remember that it is not your responsibility to decide whether a child is being abused and we ask you not to act on your concerns but to make a detailed note of what you have seen or heard (retain a copy of your note and keep it confidential) and pass on the information without delay by:-
a) Informing the Club Welfare Officer, who is:- Mrs Michelle Rippon Tel:- 01271830174 or 07960301612 E mail:- firstname.lastname@example.org or in her absence inform th Club Secretary, Chairperson or Club Coach (unless of course you suspect them of being involved) or
b) Ring Swim Line on 0800 100 4001. Swimline is the ASA helpline where you can talk to someone who understands both swimming and the requirements of child protection. If you need urgent advice you have the option to transfer to the NSPCC Child Protection Helpline. 0808 800 5000. OR
c) Contact the Social Services Department 0845 6000 388, or in an emergency the Police.
If a child tells you that he/she is being abused:-
a) React calmly to avoid frightening or deterring them
b) Reassure them by telling them that you are glad that they told you
c) Do not promise to keep it a secret
d) Explain that you need to ensure that they will be safe and you may have to pass on the information to someone trusted to deal with it appropriately
e) Listen to what the child tells you and take it seriously
f) Only ask questions if you need to clarify what the child is telling you-do not ask for explicit details
g) Do not ask leading questions- a leading question is one that pre-supposed the answer, eg. did Sam hit you?
h) Make a note of the child’s name, date of birth, address and telephone number also detailed notes
i) of what the child has told you and pass it on appropriately without delay.
j) If you are working with swimmers at “away” Training, Competitions etc. inform the delegated person in charge eg. Team Manager or Coach.
k) You should also inform the Club Committee who will report it to the Legal Department of the ASA.
The Club has also adopted the ASA Wavepower 2009-2011 document details of which can be found on www.swimming.org
Updated June 2011 Joan Squire (Honorary Secretary)