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Child Protection Policy

 

Cumbernauld Swimming Club is fully committed to safeguarding the welfare of all children and young people. It recognises its responsibility to take all reasonable steps to promote safe practice and to protect children from harm, abuse and exploitation.

Paid staff and volunteers will endeavour to work together to encourage the development of an ethos which embraces difference and diversity and respects the rights of children, young people and adults.

The underlying principles with respect to Child Protection are that:

  • The child’s welfare is the first consideration.
  • All children, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial origin, religious belief and sexual identity have a right to be protected from abuse.
  • Children and young people must be treated with integrity and respect.
  • Children and young people’s programmes and competitions will be relevant to their ages and stages of development.

Cumbernauld Swimming Club is committed to following the current Scottish Swimming Child Protection guidelines. All staff and volunteers are members of Scottish Swimming.

Cumbernauld Swimming Club commits to:

  • Ensure that all staff understand their legal and moral obligations to protect children and young people from harm, abuse and exploitation.
  • Develop best practice in relation to the recruitment of all staff and volunteers.
  • Ensure that all staff and volunteers understand their responsibility to work to the standards and procedures detailed in the organisations Code of Conduct, Code of Good Practice and the Child Protection Procedures.
  • Ensure that all staff and volunteers understand their obligations to report care or protection concerns about a child/young person, or a staff members/volunteers conduct towards a child/young person, to the organisation’s designated person.
  • Ensure that all procedures relating to the conduct of staff and volunteers are implemented in a consistent and equitable manner.
  • Ensure that the designated person understands their responsibility to refer any child protection concerns to the statutory child protection agencies(Police and/or Social Work).
  • Provide opportunities for all staff and volunteers to develop their skills and knowledge particularly in relation to the care and protection of children and young people.
  • Ensure that children and young people are enabled to express their ideas and views on a wide range of issues and will have access to the organisation’s Complaints Procedures.
  • Ensure that parents/carers are encouraged to be involved in the work of the organisation and, when requested, have access to all guidelines and procedures.
  • Endeavour to keep up to date with national developments relating to the care and protection of young people.

Designated Child Protection Officer Brenda Macarthur Tel: 07850207616