Child welfare within the Club ensures all ASA guidelines are followed for the safety of children. This includes the correct screening of adults and older children who have contact with the children through DBS checks. It also ensures all coaching staff achieve the correct level of coaching training.
The Child Welfare Officer can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
SwimLine – 0808 100 4001
The Amateur Swimming Association (now Swim England) is committed to promoting the welfare of children in our sport. They have joined with the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children to create SwimLine.
This service is provided for anyone involved in swimming, including children and young people, who believe that the welfare of a young child is at risk. This could be neglect or abuse, bullying or fear of someone, or anything that is worrying you and you don’t know who to discuss it with.
Wave Power is Swim England’s child protection programme. Two copies are available at the Club. One is held by the Child Welfare Officer and the other is held by the Secretary. The document can also be downloaded from the web site – www.swimming.org/asa/clubs-and-members/safeguarding-children.
The document gives guidelines to follow not only in cases of child abuse but in cases of special needs. It contains referral forms and how to go about any investigation that may arise. It gives a detailed description of the CWO role and responsibilities as well as that of the Child Protection Officer for Swim England and County Welfare Officer. It gives guidelines for prevention including CRB checks, publicity (including posters about SwimLine) and the name of the County Welfare Officer so everyone knows who to go to if there is a problem.
It emphasises the importance of not dealing one to one with a child except in an unavoidable emergency. It also gives guidelines for photographs, phones and websites. It has an anti-bullying policy and states Swim England’s Code of Ethics.