Safeguarding

Everyone involved in sport has a responsibility to ensure that children and young people are able to enjoy themselves in a safe and non-threatening environment. The ASA have produced Wavepower to assist in safeguarding and protecting children in our sport. As a Swim 21 accredited club WCPSC has adopted Wavepower in full.

To view ASA Wavepower click here. This provides all information and guidance relevant to swimmers, parents and officials.

If you have a safeguarding concern then please contact our Welfare Officer Pip Varley – pipv@wcpsc.org.uk or 07778 881345.

WCPSC is committed to providing an environment in which all children and young people participating in its activities have a safe and positive experience.

Wavepower - the ASA child safeguarding policy and procedures

In order to achieve this, WCPSC abides by the ASA Wavepower policy and procedures, and
agrees to:

  1. Adopt and implement the policies and procedures in Wavepower 2016­19 in full.
  2. Recognise that all children participating in the organisation (regardless of age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, ability or disability) have a right to enjoy their involvement in aquatics in a safe environment and be protected from harm.
  3. Ensure that all individuals who work with children in the organisation, whether paid or voluntary, provide a positive, safe and enjoyable experience for children.
  4. Appoint a welfare officer with the necessary skills and training as outlined by the ASA who will take the lead in dealing with all child safeguarding matters raised within the organisation.
  5. Ensure that the welfare officer’s name and contact details are known to all staff, members and parents of members.
  6. Ensure the welfare officer is available to discuss issues of concern on matters of safeguarding and deal with such concerns appropriately and in line with Wavepower.
  7. Ensure that all individuals who work with children in the organisation have undertaken the appropriate training, have had the relevant DBS checks, and adhere to the required practices for safeguarding children as outlined in Wavepower.
  8. Ensure that all individuals who will be working or will work with children in the organisation have been recruited in accordance with the ASA Safe Recruitment Policy.
  9. Ensure that all individuals who work with children in the organisation have the appropriate training, code of conduct and good practice to follow in line with the guidance in Wavepower.
  10. Provide all members of the organisation and parents of members with the opportunity to raise concerns in a safe and confidential manner if they have a concern about a child’s welfare.
  11. Ensure that all child safeguarding matters, whether they be concerns about child welfare or protection, are dealt with appropriately in accordance with the guidance for reporting and action in Wavepower.
  12. Ensure that confidentiality is maintained appropriately and in line with the best interests of the child.
  13. Ensure all papers relating to child safeguarding matters are held in a safe and secure manner.

To be reviewed: August 2017