child safety

child safety policy

North Berwick Swimming Club is fully committed to safeguarding the welfare of all children in its care.

It recognises the responsibility to promote safe practice and to protect children from harm, abuse and exploitation. For the purposes of this policy and associated procedures a child is recognised as someone under the age of 18 years.

Volunteers will work to embrace difference and diversity and respect the rights of children and young people.

This document outlines North Berwick Swimming Club commitment to protecting children.

These guidelines are based on the following principles:

The welfare of children is the primary concern.

All children, whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, socio-economic status, religious belief and/or sexual identity have the right to protection from all forms of harm and abuse.

Child protection is everyone’s responsibility

Children have the right to express views on all matters which affect them, should they wish to do so.

Organisations shall work in partnership together with children and parents/carers to promote the welfare, health and development of children.

North Berwick Swimming Club will:

Promote the health and welfare of children by providing opportunities for them to take part in swimming safely.

Respect and promote the rights, wishes and feelings of children.

Promote and implement appropriate procedures to safeguard the wellbeing of children and protect them from abuse.

Recruit, train, support and supervise its staff, members and volunteers to adopt best practice to safeguard and protect children from abuse and to reduce risk to themselves.

Require staff, members and volunteers to adopt and abide by this Child Protection Policy and these procedures.

Respond to any allegations of misconduct or abuse of children in line with this Policy and these procedures as well as implementing, where appropriate, the relevant disciplinary and appeals procedures.

Observe guidelines issued by local Child Protection Committees for the protection of Children.

Regularly monitor and evaluate the implementation of this Policy and these procedures.

Child Protection Policy Statement www.children1st.org.uk – 10 steps to safeguard children in sport October 2015

This Policy and these Procedures will be regularly reviewed:

In accordance with changes in legislation and guidance on the protection of children or following any changes within North Berwick Swimming Club.

Following any issues or concerns raised about the protection of children within North Berwick Swimming Club.

In all other circumstances, at least every three years.

Our Child Protection Officer is Rhona Corbett.

Full policies and procedures can be found at the front desk, or please contact Rhona through our contact form.

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