CHILD PROTECTION POLICY
At the Borough of Harrow Swimming Club, we believe that the welfare of the children is everyone’s responsibility, particularly when it comes to protecting children from abuse.
The club adopts and implements in full Wavepower 2020/23
Everyone in swimming at the club – administrator, club official, coach, teacher, parent, friend, children themselves, everyone – can help.
Abuse can occur anywhere there are children – at home, ay 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 ASA/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 procedure within the club stem from the following principles:
* The child’s welfare is the first consideration
* All children, regardless of age, any disability they have, gender, racial origin, religious belief and sexual identity have a right to be protected from abuse.n,
What is Child Abuse?
It’s generally acknowledged that there are four main types of abuse –
Physical, Sexual, Emotional and Neglect.
Physical Abuse is just what the term implies – hurting or injuring a child for example,
by hitting or shaking them. It may occur if a child is forced to train beyond their
capabilities. Bullying is likely to come into this category.
Sexual abuse occurs when a child knowingly takes part in something which meets
the sexual needs of the other person or persons involved – it could range from sexually suggestive comments to full intercourse.
Emotional Abuse occurs when a child is not given love, help and encouragement and is constantly derided or ridiculed or, perhaps even worse, ignored. Conversely, it can occur if a child is overprotected. It is present in the unrealistic expectations of parents and coaches over what a child can achieve.
Neglect is the persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical and/or psychological needs, likely to result in the serious impairment of the child’s health or development, such as failing to provide shelter, food, clothing, or unresponsiveness to a child’s basic emotional needs.
If you have concerns about the welfare of a child.
Please remember, it’s not your responsibility to decide whether a child is being abused, but we are asking you to act on your concerns.
Make a detailed note of what you have seen or heard but don’t delay in passing on the information.
If you are a member, or the parent or friend of a member, of a swimming club, you should:
Immediately contact the club welfare officer or their coach, or at an event the referee – unless, of course, you suspect them of being involved. If necessary please contact the Local Authority or Police using the contact details listed above.
Alternatively, ring Swimline on 0808 100 4001 – Swimline is the ASA’S own 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.
All of our teachers/coaches are trained in how to deal with these issues and are fully conversant with good practice and the clubs code of conduct in relation to the club.
Club Welfare Officer
The Borough of Harrow Swimming Club
Contact Details and Club Policy for Child Protection Matters
BHSC Welfare Officer
Name: Katie Ruddell
London Region Welfare Officer & Middlesex County Welfare Officer
Name: Maria Abrams
London Borough of Harrow
429/433 Pinner Road, Harrow, Middlesex, HA1 4HN
Tel: 020 8863 5544
In an emergency outside normal office hours, please contact the Emergency Duty Team on telephone 020 8424 0999 or the police on 999.Opening Hours: 24hrs
Amateur Swimming Association
Legal Affairs Department – Harold Fern House
Derby Square, Loughborough LE11 5AL
Tel: 01509 221350
Child Welfare In Swimming
Procedures and guidelines
Swimline: 0808 100 4001
Child Protection In Sport Unit
Tel: 0116 234 7278
NSPCC Child Protection Line
Tel: 0808 800 5000
Tel: 020 730 3300