Keeping Children Safe
No one wants to hear about children being abused, neglected or unsafe and that sometimes makes it difficult to respond so remember these three important messages:
All Children have a right to be safe no matter who they are or what their circumstances
Keeping children safe is everyone's responsibility
We all need to listen to children even though we may not be comfortable with what we hear
It doesn't matter if you are a member, parent or carer, paid worker, volunteer or a member of the community you have a responsibility to act if you are worried about a child. CBHSC has a welfare officer, who is responsible for child protection and safeguarding issues, having had the training to know what to do next. It is not your responsibility to investigate child abuse but you should tell a Children's Champion. It is their job to record the details and make appropriate referrals to the County Children's services. The children's services can then decide whether they need to investigate your concerns.
Who should I talk to if I am concerned about a child within the club? The club's welfare Officier, Zoe Hall, on firstname.lastname@example.org
The concerns that you have may make up part of a bigger picture which could help to prevent serious harm to a child. Giving families help at an early stage can prevent abuse and neglect. Never keep concerns about children's safety to yourself.
Everyone should be aware of Swimline set up by the ASA for swimmers to raise concerns about themselves or other young people in their club who they feel are not being treated properly by other club members, coaches or officers, or who maybe feel bullied or made unhappy by the action of an adult or another young person. It is a free phone number that will not show on a phone bill. Please make sure that your children know of this service.
When calling SWIMLINE you will get through to an answerphone where you will be asked to leave a contact number and, if you wish, details of the concern. The ASA Child Protection Officer or a Swimline Counsellor will call you back, listen to your concerns and discuss and agree a way forward with you. If you need to speak to someone immediately you can hold rather than leave a message and you will be put through to an NSPCC CHILDLINE counsellor.
The swimline number is 0808 100 4001
We hope your time in swimming is happy, enjoyable and successful but if you do need to seek some advice the SWIMLINE number is above or on the website www.swimming.org. The ASA have made it a priority to make ALL swimmers aged under 18 aware of what SWIMLINE is and the number to call.
SWIMLINE was launched over 9 years ago for swimmers to raise concerns about themselves or other young people in their club who they feel are not being treated properly by other club members, coaches or officers, who maybe feel bullied or made unhappy by the action of an adult or another young person. It is a Freephone number that will not show on a phone bill.
Child Protection Policy
Please click here for a copy of the Club's Child Protection Policy.