Solihull Swimming Club
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Pool dates have now been updated.

Child Safeguarding & Equity

Child Safeguarding Policy

Solihull Swimming Club is committed to a club environment in which all children*1 participating in its activities have a safe and positive experience.

In order to achieve this, the Club agrees to:

- Adopt and implement the ASA Wavepower 2016/19 policy in full.

- Recognize that all children participating in the Club *regardless of age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, ability or disability) have a right to enjoy their involvement in swimming and be protected from harm and be in a safe environment.

- Ensure that those individuals who work with the children in the Club, whether paid or voluntary, provide a positive, safe and enjoyable experience for children.

- Appoint a Club Welfare Officer with the necessary skills and training as outlined by the ASA who will take the lead in dealing with all child safeguarding matters raised with the Club.

- Ensure that the Club Welfare Officer's name and contact details are known to staff, members and parents*2 of members and be available to discuss issues of concern on matters of safeguarding children and deal with such concerns appropriately and in line with Wavepower 2016/19 guidance.

- Ensure all those persons who work with children in the Club have undertaken the appropriate training and relevant DBS checks and adhere to the required practices for safeguarding children as outlined in Wavepower 2016/19.

- Ensure that all individuals who will be working or will work with children in the Club have been through the ASA recruitment procedure.

- Ensure that all individuals who work with children in the Club have the appropriate training and codes of conduct and good practice to follow in line with the guidance in Wavepower 2016/19.

- Provide all Club members and parents of members with the opportunity to raise concerns in a safe and confidential manner if they have a concern about a child's welfare  or protection.

- Ensure that all child safeguarding matters, whether they be concerns about child welfare or protection, are dealt with appropriately in accordance with the guidance for reporting and action in Wavepower 2016/19.

- Ensure that confidentiality is maintained appropriately and in line with the best interests of the child.

- Ensure all papers relating to child safeguarding matters are held in a safe and secure manner.

Key:  * Children are referring to all persons under the age of 18.
         *2  "Parents" is anyone who has parental responsibility for the child concerned.

Equity Policy

The Club is committed to treat everyone equally within the context of their activity, regardless of sex, ethnic origin, religion, disability, age, sexual orientation or political persuasion.

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

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

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

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

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