Posted: 12 October 2021

Scottish Swimming: Safeguarding Officer (Full-Time)

Scottish Swimming
University of Stirling
Job Type:
Closing date:
28 October 2021
Interview date:
08 November 2021




Scottish Swimming is looking to appoint a full-time Safeguarding Officer to work alongside the CEO and Director of Services. We are open to discussing a full or part-time appointment with the successful candidate. 

The successful candidate will need to have the necessary organisational and time-management skills to flexibly complete their hours across the week. This will mean managing your time effectively and may involve working some evenings, weekends and over public holidays to meet the needs of the organisation.  

The role will be key in helping drive forward safeguarding, wellbeing and protection activity for Scottish Swimming and to place safeguarding at the centre of all Scottish Swimming activities.  

As Safeguarding Officer, you will be the first point of contact for dealing with safeguarding, wellbeing, and protection cases, and in supporting our network of club Wellbeing and Protection Officers in their management of cases.  

You will work closely with key groups to ensure that Scottish Swimming’s policies, procedures and practice are up to date and implemented in line with legislation.  

 Key Functions: 

  • Lead with primary responsibility for safeguarding, providing advice and guidance to Scottish Swimming, your colleagues, our members, and clubs. 
  • Direct management of all safeguarding, wellbeing & protection cases and ensuring effective use of the case management system.
  • Lead on the review and development of Scottish Swimming policies to ensure they meet current legislation and work with the services team to ensure that new legislation is implemented across clubs and the organisation.
  • Develop and implement plans for training and upskilling club volunteers and Scottish Swimming staff to ensure they comply with appropriate legislation and Standards for Child Wellbeing and Protection in Sport.
  • Based at Scottish Swimming HQ, on the University of Stirling campus, and with the flexibility for home working the successful candidate will take a person-centred rights-based approach, ensuring the voices and views of those who are the most vulnerable amongst us are protected within the case management process and heard when developing polices and projects, keeping them at the heart of what we do. 
  • They will also have proven experience in dealing with and managing safeguarding, wellbeing, and protection cases; with the ability to lead and manage their own work program and meet tight deadlines.
  •  Good communication and influencing skills are a must as is being a strong team player. 
  • In return you will be offered an attractive salary, including contributory pension, as well as being part of a dynamic team that aims to ensure that Scottish Swimming remains at the forefront of Scottish sporting success. Scottish Swimming is committed to selecting staff solely based on their ability to do the job for which they are being recruited and welcomes applications from all sectors of the community.  


  • The successful candidate will have a base at our headquarters at Sports Facility, University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA. 
  • The post is offered on a permanent contract. 
  • The Scottish Amateur Swimming Association Limited operates a full disciplinary procedure. 


The annual leave entitlement is 30 days (with 2 of these being mandatory at Christmas to allow the office to close between Christmas and New Year) plus 8 public holidays. Leave to be taken in agreement with the CEO.   




Applications should include a covering letter addressing how the applicant’s skills and expertise fit with the job role and person specification, along with a full CV.  


Applications can be submitted by email, endorsed “Safeguarding Officer” by 12 noon on Thursday 28th October to: 


Unfortunately, applications received after the closing date cannot be considered. 

All applications will be acknowledged. 

Interviews will take place week of Monday 8th November 2021. 

For an informal discussion please contact Euan Lowe, CEO on 07740 987379. 


Scottish Swimming is the Governing Body for Swimming, Diving, High Diving, Masters Swimming, Open Water Swimming, Artistic Swimming and Water Polo. Swimming is a sport for everyone, and we are committed to developing the sport in an inclusive, equitable and fair way. 


Our Vision is: Everyone can Swim! 

Our Mission is: To inspire our members and partners in the development of aquatics, providing leadership and expert support, resulting in more people taking part and reaching their full potential. 

Our Strategic Objectives are: 

To increase the number of people of all ages and abilities participating in swimming for health, fitness and fun.  

To support and develop stronger, more sustainable clubs that will provide increased and quality opportunities for people to participate at all levels.  

To enhance the aquatic pathway, ensuring high performance results through effective athlete development and quality coaching. 



Scottish Swimming has a governance structure which includes a Council elected from our membership and headed by our President and a Board appointed on a skills base, led by our Chair. In addition, there are a number of committees including: 



Water Polo     


Open Water    

Synchronised Swimming 

Technical Officials     

Editorial Board 

Audit & Risk 


The organisation is structured in three departments: Development, Performance and Services.  The Director of Aquatics manages both Development and Performance and along with the CEO, Director of Services, Finance Manager and Head of Marketing make up the management team. The company currently employs 27 full time and 3 part time staff. The current staffing structure is found within the application pack.  


Scottish Swimming boasts a modern, forward-thinking culture.  We engage with our team to develop our “way of working” including clear direction, flexibility, responsibility, teamwork and trust. Being creative, we can often deliver a superior service for our partners and customers while providing our staff with a flexible and rewarding experience. Overall, the culture reflects a warm and supportive but also challenging environment.    




Our membership 

We have circa 17,000 members including athletes, teachers, coaches, and volunteers. 

We have 152 clubs which vary in size from 8 to 657 members. 

We have 51 affiliated swim schools, which offer organised learn to swim opportunities and these vary in size from a small number to over 5,000 customers. 

There are member clubs and swim schools across all parts of Scotland. 


Our partnerships 

Key partners include sportscotland, the Scottish Government, Local Authorities, Leisure Trusts, British Swimming, Commonwealth Games Scotland, and Scottish Disability Sport.   

Critical to our sport are the partnerships with pool operators and owners. 

Through strong partnerships, Scottish Swimming can support operators and members to maximise pool usage and ensure good links between Learn to swim and Club swimming.