Swimmer Welfare

Swimmer welfare is a basic right and of paramount importance to WCPSC. Everyone involved at the club has a responsibility to ensure that all swimmers are provided with a safe and nurturing learning and training environment.

Our Welfare Team is lead by Pip Varley, an experienced, skilled and trained welfare officer tat has been with the club many years.

If you have a Welfare concern then please contact our Pip at welfare@wcpsc.org.uk or on 07778 881345.

Please be mindful that the full Welfare team have access to the email account in order to manage the welfare function effectively.

Pip is supported by a wider team of Welfare Officers at the club in Paula Satchwell and Sue Humphreys.

WCPSC Child and Vulnerable Adult Safeguarding Policy Statement

Swim England have produced Wavepower, a comprehensive guidance and policy document, to assist in the safeguarding and protecting of children in our sport. As a Swim England accredited club, WCPSC has adopted Wavepower in full.

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

In order to achieve our commitments, WCPSC abides by Swim England’s Wavepower policy and procedures, and agrees to:

  1. Adopt and implement the policies and procedures in Wavepower 2016-19 in full.
  2. Recognise that all children and vulnerable adults 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 and vulnerable adults 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 Swim England who will take the lead in dealing with all child and vulnerable adult 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 and vulnerable adults 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 and vulnerable adults in the organisation have been recruited in accordance with the Swim England Safe Recruitment Policy.
  9. Ensure that all individuals who work with children and vulnerable adults 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 and vulnerable adult’s welfare.
  11. Ensure that all child and vulnerable adult safeguarding matters, whether they be concerns about 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 or vulnerable adult.
  13. Ensure all papers relating to child and vulnerable adult safeguarding matters are held in a safe and secure manner.

To be reviewed: March 2020 or with updates to Wavepower; whichever occurs soonest.