Regrettably, child abuse is a fact within our society and in common with all swimming Clubs and associations affiliated to the Amateur Swimming Association, Central Lancashire S&WPA is required by A.S.A. Law to have a Child Protection Policy.
In compliance with this law, Central Lancashire S&WPA has adopted the 'Child Protection in Swimming - Procedures and Guidelines', produced by the A.S.A child protection working groups, in conjunction with the N.S.P.C.C.
The aim of the Policy is to promote good practise:
Providing children and young people with appropriate safety and protection whilst in the care of swimming and allow all staff / volunteers to make informed and confident responses to specific Child Protection issues.
Central Lancashire S&WPA are confident that it provides an environment which is safe from child abuse, but it would be wrong to be complacent.
We owe a very high duty of care to our children and we intend to do everything possible to protect them.
Abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional and neglect and may be a consequence of the action or in-action by, for example, a coach, team manager, committee member, helper or even another young swimmer. If you have a suspicion that a child is at risk, it is vital that you report the matter immediately to any Club officer, such as the Chairman, Secretary, coach or committee member.
Finally, if you have any questions or concerns about our Child Protection Policy, please do not hesitate to ask our Welfare Officer or secretary.