Safe Supervision and Safeguarding
Statement, Policy and Procedure
All of our teachers have been on Sports Coach UK (SCuK) Safeguarding and Protecting Children Course and understand their responsibility as a teacher and agreed to and abide by the ASA and IoS Safeguarding Policies and Procedures, which is covered in the ASA Wavepower document. Wavepower is being updated in 2016 and Diamond Swim Academy will work to this when produced.
Diamond Swim Academy work in smaller numbers than advised to ensure safe and quality provision.
Diamond Swim Academy also work with venues to ensure the environment is appropriate to the provision we provide.
Diamond Swim Academy have copies of all venues National Operating Procedures (NOP) and Emergency Action Plans (EAP) that they work to.
All our staff are trained to the highest standards and as a minimum hold the following:
- ASA Level 2 Teachers Certificate (Qualification)
- ASA Intro to Disability Certificate (CPD)
- ScUK Safeguarding and Protecting Certificate (CPD)
- First Aid at Work Certificate (Qualification)
- RLSS National Rescue Award For Swimming Teachers and Coaches Certificate (Qualification)
- DBS Checked and Certificate
Diamond Swim Academy take guidance from Amateur Swimming Association (www.swimming.org) and follow their safe supervision document advise and guidelines (Wavepower – see below).
Diamond Swim Academy is committed to safe aquatic environment in which all children and young people participating in its activities have a safe and positive experience.
In order to achieve this Diamond Swim Academy agreements to:
- Adopt and implement the ASA Wavepower 2012/2015 policy in full
- Recognise that all children participation within Diamond Swim Academy whether paid or voluntary provide a positive, safe and enjoyable experience for children
- Appoint a Welfare Officer / (Sarah Ruckwood and Sophie Grosvenor) who will liaise with venues, persons and ASA as appropriate and take guidance from ASA on matters
- Ensure that the Welfare Officer /s contacts details are known to all staff, DSA members and parents of members
- The Welfare Officer/s to be available to discuss issues of concern ion matters of safeguarding and deal with such concerns appropriately and in line with Wavepower 2012/2015
- Ensure all those persons who work with children in DSA have undertaken the appropriate training and relevant DBS checks and adhere to the required practices afro safeguarding children as outlined in Wavepower 2012/2015
- Ensure that all individuals who will be working or will work with the children of DSA have been recruited in accordance with the ASA safe recruitment policy (this can be sourced from DSA)
- Ensure that all individuals who work with children within DSA have the appropriate training and codes of conduct and good practice (this can be sourced from DSA) in line with the guidance in Wavepower
- Provide all DSA members and parents of members and staff with the opportunity to raise concerns in a safe and confidential manner if they have concern about a child’s welfare
- Ensure that all child safeguarding matter, whether they be concerns about child welfare or protection, are dealt with responsibly in accordance with the guidance for reporting and action in Wavepower 2012/2015.
- Ensure that confidentiality is maintained appropriately and in line with the best interests of the child
- Ensure all papers relating to the child safeguarding matters are held in a safe and secure manner
Any concerns on welfare can be discussed with Diamond Swim Academy through Sophie or Sarah, at The ASA or The ASA partners:
- Swimline – 0800 100 4001 (anyone)
- Child Power for under 16’s – click here
Wavepower 2012/15 is the ASA Child Safeguarding Policy and Procedures manual and replaces all previous ASA Child Safeguarding Policy and Procedures documents. All ASA affiliated clubs and members should adopt and implement Wavepower 2012/15.
The theme of Wavepower 2012/15 is to safeguard children and young people in line with current legislation and guidance. The responsibility to safeguard children in our clubs and related activities lies will all those involved in the sport and is not the sole responsibility of any one person at club, county or national level.
Safeguarding children should become an integral part of all club activities and create a culture that provides a safe, happy and fun environment in which children can learn to swim and develop to a level appropriate for their ability.
The aim of Wavepower 2012/15 is to enable everyone in our sport to play their part in safeguarding children offering practical guidance for those who are directly involved in working with children and providing awareness of both mandatory requirements and good practice guidance.
The manual is fully indexed and divided into sub-sections tailored to different groups.
The document will be fully updated in 2016 but in the meantime if there are any changes in Policy of new guidance becomes available new pages will be added to this section of the website.
The document and guidance can be found on DSA files or by visiting the ASA website and can be provided to anyone requiring these.