Wellbeing & Protection Policy: Children & Young people

Scottish Swimming is committed to ensuring every child and young person who takes part in the disciplines of swimming, diving, high diving, artistic swimming and water polo should be able to participate in an enjoyable and safe environment. This should promote inclusion and protects them from harm, poor practice, exploitation, bullying and abuse.

Scottish Swimming values a rights-based approach within our sport. Our safeguarding policy takes into account the National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland 2014 and the principals of “Getting it Right for Every Child” (GIRFEC) and we recognise the general principals of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). Staff and volunteers will work together to embrace difference and diversity, and will respect the rights of children and young people.

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The Wellbeing & Protection Policy: Children & Young People covers the following: Policy statement, Definition of a “Child”. Roles and responsibilities in safeguarding, protecting children from Wellbeing concerns /poor practice /abuse, Identifying Abuse, Responding to Concerns, Reporting the Concern, Recording Information, Procedure for managing cases of abuse and poor practice and Referral to Disclosure Scotland.


Safe Recruitment & PVG 


Appx 1  Club Wellbeing & Protection Officer Role Descriptor

Appx 2  Wellbeing & Protection Officer Recruitment Flow Chart

Appx 3  Safe Recruitment Process

Appx 4  Safe Recruitment Process - Statement for Club

Appx 5  PVG scheme recruitment ( including flow chart ) and Referral for Listing 

Best Practice Guidelines for Clubs & Individuals  


Appx 6  Club Policy Statement: Wellbeing & Protection: Children & Young People

Appx 7  Anti- Bullying Policy

Appx 8  Acceptable use of Mobile Phones Policy  

Appx 9  Codes of Conduct

             a.  Coaches 

             b.  Teachers

             c.  U18 Athletes

             d. Parents/Guardians

             e. Volunteers & Technical Officials

             f.  Spectators 

             g.  Team Managers

Appx 10  Adult to Child Ratio

Appx 11  Physical contact and First Aid 

Appx 12  Guidance on Managing 1:1 Situations / Lone Working

Appx 13  Collection arrangements including late collections

Appx 14  Managing difficult behaviours: a guide for coaches, teachers & volunteers

Appx 15  Guidelines for transporting children

Appx 16  Overnight trips / accommodation

Appx 17  Guidance on Digital Technologies, including Communication, Social Media,

                  Photos & Videos

Appx 18  Guidance on changing room management and chaperoning

Appx 19  Guidance on children attending centres unaccompanied 

Appx 20  Guidance on U18 volunteers


Guidance on Identifying, dealing with and reporting Abuse & Poor Practice 


Appx 21  Definitions of Poor Practice

Appx 22  Guidance on identifying the types of child abuse

Appx 23  Guidelines for Clubs dealing wtih Poor Practice - this can be found in the   

                   Complaints section of our website

Appx 24  Procedures of running an investigation and disciplinary panels - (adapting the 

                  process for U18) 

Appx 25  Flow Chart for investigative process

Appx 26  Guidance on Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) & SHANARRI Wellbeing 


Appx 27  List of relevant Legislation




Appx 28  Wellbeing & Protection Officer Nomination Form

Appx 29  Self-Declaration Form & Reference Form

Appx 30  Activity, Transport Permission form including Photo / Video consent & Medical details

Appx 31  Accident Report Form

Appx 32  Incident / Wellbeing / Child Protection Report Form