Child Protection Policy
Child Protection Policy Statement
Scotia Amateur Swimming Club takes Child Protection very seriously, good practice is recognised as follows;
Welfare of the Child – this is everyone’s responsibility, the Child Protection Officer, the Committee, Club Officials, Coaches, Parents, Family, Friends, Chaperones and the Children themselves. We are all responsible.
Scotia ASC is committed to promoting the well-being of our swimmers and volunteers. Swimming provides a wonderful opportunity for children to learn new skills. Children have a lot to gain from swimming in a positive environment, therefore the Club is committed to ensuring the welfare of each child as foremost.
Welfare of the child is the first consideration undertaken by Scotia ASC. Children should be treated with dignity and respect. The levels of training and competition will be relevant to the individual child with consideration for age and stage of development.
Role of the Child Protection Officer (CPO)
The Club has a qualified Child Protection Officer, Laura Shields firstname.lastname@example.org
To ensure our Club is complying with the Scottish Swimming Child Protection Policy and current legislation. The CPO must ensure that swimmers and volunteers are training, competing and working within a safe environment.
Ensure all, including children, and volunteers working with children at the Club are fully aware of what is required and expected of them within the Policy and the Code of Conduct and Guidelines as set out by Scotia ASC In our Safe in the Care of form and by Scottish Swimming.
To carry out administrative work associated with processing information on all volunteers and swimmers. Maintain confidential records including the Scotia ASC Safe in Care Form.
To liaise closely with club volunteers ensuring that agreed procedures for the prevention of risk are followed.
To provide counsel and advise the Club on matters of policy relating to Child Protection.
To organise appropriate training through Scottish Swimming for all those volunteering to work with children.
To act as the contact person on matters relating to Child Protection at the Club.
In the event of a complaint being made ensure that the complaints procedures are met and see the procedure is through to the final decision.
Scotia ASC adheres to Scottish Swimming Child Protection Guidelines.
Scotia Adult Club Members are required to complete the appropriate enhanced disclosure Scotland check through the PVG (Protection of Vulnerable Groups) Scheme. The PVG form is sent by the Clubs CPO to Scottish Swimming who then forward the form on to be processed by Disclosure Scotland. It is a legal requirement for the Scotia Adult Club Member to be a member of the PVG Scheme to carry out regulated work for Scotia ASC / Scottish Swimming.
Scotia Adult Club Members include, the CPO, Club Team Manager, Head Coach, Assistant Coaches, Club President/Chair, Club Secretary, Team Manager, Meet Secretary, Poolside Helpers, and Chaperones.
All Scotia Adult Club Members attend the Safeguarding and Protecting Children workshop. Members attend this course every three years.
There is also a course available for our younger helpers to attend. The Safeguarding Young Volunteers workshop is available for ages 13 to 16 years.
Scotia ASC CPO Commitment.
The policies and procedures outlined above aim to ensure the provision of a safe and secure environment for children and volunteers of Scotia ASC. A positive environment where children have the right to feel safe and secure, where requests for help from children and volunteers can seek guidance and support. You will be listen to. I will aim to respond appropriately to disclosures of concerns which relate to the well-being of a child with the utmost understanding and appreciation of confidentiality.
Laura Shields, Scotia ASC, CPO.
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