Welfare/WavePower 2020-23

Welfare/WavePower 2020-23

Ellesmere College Titans Welfare and Safeguarding Policy

As an affiliated member of Swim England, Ellesmere College Titans will abide by all policies approved by the Swim England Governing Body.

Ellesmere College Titans is committed to providing a club environment in which all athletes participating in its activities have a safe and positive experience.

While the club welfare officers have specific duties, being first point of contact, dealing with and raising concerns regarding athletes, they do not have sole responsibility for welfare or safe guarding. Duty of care exists for all those in a position of trust and those with responsibility for athletes, including coaches ,poolside helpers and other club of officials.

To achieve this ,the club will:

  1. Adopt and implement Wave Power(2020-23)
  2. Recognise that all athletes participating in Ellesmere College Titans activities, regardless age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, ability or diffability have the right to enjoy and thrive in a safe and protective environment.
  3. Have a Welfare Officer with the necessary skills and training as outlined by Swim England, who will take the lead in dealing with all child safe guarding matters raised within the club.
  4. Ensure that the club Welfare officers name and contact details are known to all staff , club members and parents.
  5. Ensure that all persons that work with athletes have undertaken the appropriate training, have the relevant DBS checks and adhere to follow the guidance set out in Wave Power.
  6. Provide all club members and parents with the opportunity to raise any concerns in a safe and confidential manner.
  7. Ensure Welfare Officers names and contact details are displayed on club notice board.
  8. Ensure that confidentially is maintained appropriately and in line with the athletes best interests.

Ellesmere College Titans Club
Welfare Officer is

Helen Lee
h.leeswim@gmail.com

Shropshire County
Welfare Officer is

Jean Childs
childs234@btinternet.com

Wavepower 2020-23: Child safeguarding policy and procedures

 

The aim of Wavepower is to safeguard all children in line with current legislation, regulations and guidance and is for use within any Swim England affiliated organisation where children are present.

Wavepower consistently emphasises that the responsibility for child safeguarding in our sport belongs with all those involved in our sports and is not the sole responsibility of any one person at local, county or national level.

This document will be updated in 2023, but when updates or changes take place either in Swim England or through statute or governmental guidance these will be published on the website.

You can download the fully interactive Wavepower here in PDF format. Alternatively, you can read it online here.

Further guidance on welfare

As well as Wavepower there are other welfare publications and resources clubs may find useful.

Swim England – Safeguarding Basic Awareness

An additional resource Swim England has available is a free online basic safeguarding awareness course.

Safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility, this free online resource is to give everyone involved in clubs a basic overview of child safeguarding.

https://www.swimming.org/ios/course-information/safeguarding-basic-awareness/

This module is designed for anyone who comes into contact with children who may want to better understand what the safeguarding policies and procedures are, and what to do if they have a concern. This does not replace the training for those in positions that require the Swim England mandatory Safeguarding CPD, however, it is aimed at those who fall outside that remit such as parents.

Swimline

0808 100 4001 this is an Swim England helpline number. You will need to provide them with a telephone number and time when a trained and experienced Safeguarding team member or Swimliner can call you back. Alternatively if you need to speak to someone immediately hold on the line after the message to be put through to the NSPCC helpline.

NSPCC and CPSU

For guidance on ensuring your sporting event is safe, download the CPSU’s Safe Sport Events, Activities, and Competitions document (PDF) here.

Childline

0800 1111 for general advice or if you just need to talk calls are free and don’t show up on the phone bill so are totally confidential. Their web page can be found at www.childline.og.uk

Kidscape

08451 205 204 this is for young people who are being bullied. It is available Monday-Friday 10am-4pm or alternatively you can visit their web page on www.Kidscape.org.uk.

In an Emergency phone 999 to speak to the police