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Safeguarding Policy

Swim-1st Safeguarding Policy

Safeguarding Children

The safeguarding of Swim-1st swimmers is a key priority for the teachers and other staff. We believe that all participants are entitled to take part in lessons in a safe environment regardless of ability, gender, race, religion and disability.

Swim-1st acknowledges and adheres to the guidance in the STA Swimming Teaching Code of Practice Safeguarding section.  We expect teachers, parents and swimmers to understand their responsibilities in ensuring that all participants are safe at the swimming pool and changing rooms before, during and after their lessons. 

Practice principles followed by Swim-1st

  • To ensure that all lessons are based on the needs and interests of the child.
  • To challenge any inappropriate or dangerous behaviour exhibited by participants, parents or teachers.
  • To avoid overly physical contact with the children.
  • When teaching in the water some contact maybe necessary and only in accordance of the teachers qualification and training. No contact with any costume area is permitted.
  • To teach in an open environment.
  • To encourage parents to supervise their children during lessons.
  • See changing room policy on website for changing room guidance.
  • To, wherever possible, obtain additional consent from parents before any emergency first aid or medical treatment is sought.  However, this shouldn't unnecessarily delay the administering of any treatment required.
  • Teachers are appointed in line with STA Swimming Teacher Code of Practice and have appropriate qualifications.
  • All teachers are DBS checked and cleared.

Responding to disclosure, suspicions or allegations

All teachers and parents should be aware of the contact procedures should they need to report or raise a safeguarding concern; any person with information of a disclosure, allegation or suspicion about the welfare of a child, be it poor practice or possible abuse, should report this immediately and as appropriate to the following.

Lee Basset, Swim-1st Welfare Officer or Josephine Wilson, Swim-1st Welfare Office 

Childline – 0800 1111; or

NSPCC helpline – 0808 800 5000

The club Welfare officer will liaise directly with the governing body and or the Police.

Confidentiality will be maintained at all times and only disseminated on a need to know basis.