Child protection at Otters
Carnforth Otters ASC basis its child protection policies around the ASA
wavepower standard. Our Welfare and Child Protection Officer is:
Wavepower 2016-19: The ASA Child Safeguarding Policy and Procedures
Wavepower 2016–19 is the latest Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) Child Safeguarding Policies and Procedures publication which replaces all previous versions.
It has been produced to assist in safeguarding and protecting children in our sport and must be adopted by all ASA affiliated clubs and organisations.
Ensuring that children are safeguarded should be a key part of how our clubs and swim schools operate and helps to provide a safe, happy and fun environment in which children can learn to swim and develop their skills.
The responsibility to safeguard children does not belong to any one person, but instead belongs to everyone who plays a part in delivering our sporting activities. Wavepower is intended for anyone involved in these activities and offers practical guidance and information on mandatory requirements and good practice.
This publication will be fully updated in 2020, but if any new guidance or policy changes are released prior to this, then pages will be updated or added to this section of the website.
You can download each section of Wavepower 2016-19 below:
- Intro Information and Contents
- Section 1 Introduction to Wavepower
- Section 2 Toolbox
- Section 3 Child Safeguarding Responsibilities
- Section 4 Guidance for Coaches, Teachers and Poolside Helpers
- Section 5 Templates, Forms and Checklist
- Section 6 Index
- Social media guidance: The Parents’ Guide to Twitter (PDF)
- Social media guidance: The Parents’ Guide to Twitter (Web Book version)
- Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s Child Safeguarding Leaflet for Parents
- ASA Code of Ethics (ASA Handbook 2015 page 18)
- Protocols for Child Safeguarding Investigations (ASA Handbook 2015 pages 19-21)
- The ASA Child Welfare Complaints Procedure (ASA Handbook 2015 pages 22-25)
- Additional information regarding child safeguarding courses
- CPSU Safe Sport Events, Activities and Competitions (Supersedes Safe Sport Away)
- The Sports Safeguarding Children Initiative (SSCI)
Swimline: Protecting children
Swimline was launched over 10 years ago and is a confidential freephone number provided for anyone involved in aquatics, adults or children, who believe that the welfare of someone under the age of 18 is at risk. This concern could be neglect, abuse, bullying or fear of someone or anything that is worrying you and you don’t know who to discuss it with.
When calling Swimline you will get through to an answer phone where you will be asked to leave your name and contact details and if you wish some brief details of your concern. The ASA Safeguarding Team or a Swimline volunteer will call you back, listen to your concerns and agree a way forward with you.
If you leave a message we aim to contact you back during the next working day. If you leave a message after 3pm on a Friday, or over a weekend we will contact you back on the following Monday. If you need to speak to someone immediately you can follow the instructions on the answer phone message and be transferred immediately to the NSPCC. The NSPCC counsellors will advise you directly if you choose this option.
Swimline calls are free and do not appear on an itemised phone bill unless your call is made from a mobile phone.
Child Power: Your Voice
This is a place where you as a young swimmer can make your voice heard. You can talk about anything that matters to you: from the support you get from your coach, who you talk to when you’re upset, and who helps you when swimming gets challenging or difficult.
You can use the form found in the section Your chance to talk if you want to tell the ASA in confidence if you are worried, concerned or upset about anything and feel like you may need help or advice.
You can also use the Report Abuse button below. This button will take you directly to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOPS) website where you can report any concerns or worries you may have which involve the internet. You can also log onto www.thinkuknow.co.uk to find the latest information on the sites you like to visit, mobiles and new technology. Find out what’s good, what’s not and what you can do about it.
All the information on this site is brought to you by CEOPS.