Policies and Procedures

Child Protection Policy

 

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.

Should any swimmer or parent/carer/guardian, or any other person wish to raise any issue related to child welfare please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Procedure

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.

3. Make a note of what you've seen or heard but don't delay passing on the information. As soon as possible complete the Swim England referral form (obtainable from the  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Please note that it is very important that you or your Welfare Officer should, in every case send a completed referral form to Swim England’s Child Safeguarding Team to advise them of your concern and to whom you have reported it.

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.

 

 

 

Code of Ethics

City of Lincoln Pentaqua Swimming Club (CLP) has adopted Wavepower and Swim England’s associated policies as part of the club's commitment to safeguarding of swimmers, club members and their families within the swimming environment.

Swim England’s Code of Ethics is for all involved in the sport. In addition, on joining the club and throughout your time with CLP, you and your swimmer will be asked to review the Code of Conduct document that we ask all involved in CLP to sign up to.

   

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Club Equality Statement

 

City of Lincoln Pentaqua Swimming Club is committed to the principles and practice of equality of opportunity for all in the context of their activity, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation or any other relevant characteristic.

The Club will ensure that equality as stated in the club rules is incorporated in all aspects of its activities and also recognises and adopts the Sport England definition of Sports Equity:

Sports equity is about fairness in sport, equality of access, recognising inequalities and taking steps to address them. It is about changing the culture and structure of sport to ensure that it becomes equally accessible to all members of society, whatever their age, ability, gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality or socio-economic status.

The Club also seeks to fulfil Swim England’s Equality Policy objectives which state:

Swim England and its subsidiaries are fully committed to the principles and practice of equality of opportunity in all its functions: as an employer, membership organisation, awarding body, in its training and development of teachers and coaches; involvement with officials and administrators; as an advisor to swimming pool designers and operators and as a facilitator of the aquatic disciplines by all its members. It is responsible for ensuring that no job applicant, employee, volunteer, member, service user or person within its jurisdiction (together "Stakeholders") are unlawfully discriminated against because of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation (together the "Protected Characteristics under the Equality Act 2010") or any other irrelevant characteristic'.

"Swim England considers the aquatic disciplines to provide "sport for all". They can and should be made accessible to everyone, to the greatest extent possible'.

Pentaqua is committed to everyone having the right to enjoy their sport in an environment free from the threat of discrimination, intimidation, harassment and abuse.

All members have a responsibility to challenge discriminatory behaviour and promote equality of opportunity.

The Club will deal with any incidents of discriminatory behaviour seriously, according to the club disciplinary procedures.

Swim England’s Equality Policy and further useful information and equality guidance for clubs can be found at http://www.swimming.org/asa/about-us/equality

 

 

Complaints and Disciplinary Procedure

At the City of Lincoln Pentaqua Swimming Club we recognise that, at times, disputes may arise between members of the club (committee/swimmers/teachers/coaches/parents) and the following guidelines should help resolve any issues within the club before the matter becomes a formal complaint (ASA Judicial Law 105/106).

The City of Lincoln Pentaqua SC Complaints and Disciplinary Procedure follows the ASA guidelines. All complaints and disciplinary action will observe the following key principles:

All parties will be fairly treated. The complainant has the opportunity to present their case. The accused has an opportunity to respond. The ASA Law conforms to the law of the land, in so much that an individual is innocent until proven guilty. Any concerns of a child protection nature with regard to any individual involved in the sport of swimming will be referred to the ASA Department of Legal Affairs, as laid out in ASA Child Protection Policy. Please note that the club only has the power to legislate for a breach of its own rules (ASA Law 134). The club does not have the power to handle a dispute relating to a member of another club, or to deal with an offence against ASA Law.

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