City of Lincoln Pentaqua Swimming Club complies with Swim England’s Child Protection Policy and Procedures (Wavepower). This is a national policy developed with the NSPCC to promote best practice so that a safe environment for children & young people is achieved.
The principles behind this policy are:
Children and young people have a right to enjoy sport, free from all forms of abuse and exploitation.
All children and young people have equal rights to protection from harm.
Everybody has a responsibility to support the care and protection of children.
Sporting organisations have a duty of care to children and young people who take part in sport.
To this end Pentaqua acknowledge our duty of care towards all our members and we are committed to practices which protect children from harm.
All staff and volunteers have been checked via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and all are required to accept and recognise their responsibility to develop awareness of the issues that cause children harm. Training in this area is provided and promoted.
We prioritise the sharing of information about child protection and good practice with children, parents, staff and volunteers.
We acknowledge our responsibility towards sharing information about concerns with agencies that need to know and involving parents and children appropriately. Any incidents/complaints will be recorded in line with Swim England policy. This will be undertaken in accordance with Swim England guidance on confidentiality and information sharing.
Please remember it is not your responsibility to decide whether a child is being abused, but we are asking you to act on your concerns. It is your responsibility to ensure the concerns raised are passed on appropriately.
In accordance with Swim England recommendations, Pentaqua has a Welfare Officer. They will always be involved in welfare concerns raised within the club, unless they are in some way. The role of the welfare officer are highlighted within the Wavepower document
As a member, official or parent involved in City of Lincoln Pentaqua SC you should follow the Swim England guidelines as outlined below:
1. If the child or young person is in immediate danger or has been physically injured, ensure they are safe and contact the police or social services.
2. If the child is not in immediate danger but you have concerns, either:
Discuss the concerns with your welfare officer or a club official who will advise you on the correct procedure for referring your concern appropriately, or
Ring the Swimline number 0808 100 4001 displayed on your notice board. The club Welfare Officer will be able to inform you on how to refer your concerns to gain appropriate advice and action.
4. Should you be approached by a child/member wishing to advise of a potential child protection issue and who also requests confidentiality, you should immediately advise the informant that your ability to provide confidentiality will be entirely dependant on the nature of the information they are about to provide.
Please remember it is not your responsibility to decide whether a child is being abused, but we are asking you to act on your concerns.
When a concern is referred to Swim England and further action is required, you will receive a copy of the Swim England protocol document. This outlines what possible actions will be taken and what further contact will be made with the referrer.