Wellbeing & Protection

Club Policy Statement for Wellbeing & Protection of Children & Young People

We, the Club, believe that Good Practice at Scotia Club is as follows:

1.The safeguarding of children is everyone’s responsibility. Particularly when it comes to protecting children from abuse. Everyone in swimming – administrator, Club official, parent, friend, children themselves, everyone – can help. Children and young people have a lot to gain from swimming. Their natural sense of fun and spontaneity can blossom in positive environments. Swimming provides an excellent avenue for children to learn new skills, become more confident and maximise their own unique potential. The Club will place the needs of the child first and winning and competition second.

2.The underlying principles with respect to Wellbeing and Protection are that:

·The child’s wellbeing is the first consideration

·All children, regardless of age, any disability they have, gender, racial origin, religious beliefs, and sexual identity have a right to be protected from abuse

·Children and young people must be treated with integrity and respect

·Children and young peoples’ programmes and competitions will be relevant to their ages and stages of development

3.We are committed to following the current Scottish Swimming’s Wellbeing and Protection: Child and Young People policy and guidelines. All of our volunteers/staff are members of Scottish Swimming

4.The Club:

·Aims to create an enjoyable environment, where young people have the right to be safe, secure and free from threat.

·Acknowledges that young people have the right to be treated with respect and for their concerns to be listened to and acted upon.

·Will aim to ensure that junior members have specific programmes designated for them, with adequate supervision.

·Is committed to ensure that all helpers, whatever their role, completes SASA membership registration and sign a code of conduct.

·Is committed to ensure that all regulated positions are PVG Scheme Members and complete a Self Declaration Form Provides clear, comprehensive, easily understood procedures for dealing with: allegations of abuse/ requests for help and support on a confidential basis

·Is committed to an equitable recruitment selection policy for coaches

·Will always emphasise fair play

Our Wellbeing & Protection Officer is:  Lesley Stickle, Scotia ASC, WPO

[email protected]

For more information please read the following policies on the Scottish Swimming Website

Wellbeing & Protection Policy: Children

Reporting A Concern

Mental Health

Useful Resource and Online Safety