Monday, November 05, 2018

Scottish Swimming put children first

“The wellbeing and protection of young people within our sport is a top priority for Scottish Swimming and we are delighted to be making good progress by creating a policy and a series of supporting documents to help our clubs ensure that children are safe, happy and secure in aquatics environments across Scotland.” Forbes Dunlop CEO

Scottish Swimming is pleased to launch a new Wellbeing and Protection Policy for Children and Young People which puts children’s wellbeing and safety at the heart of all that we do to ensure they are safe, secure and happy in an aquatics environment.

The new Wellbeing and Protection Policy is broader in scope than the former Child Protection Policy and brings us in line with the national approach for supporting children and young people, “Getting It Right For Every Child” (GIRFEC).

The new policy provides user-friendly, accessible and practical documents for swimming clubs to support their work around child wellbeing and protection.

To coincide with the launch of this new policy Scottish Swimming have also revamped the Wellbeing and Protection section of the Scottish Swimming website with an aim to make it easier for clubs and members to navigate and find answers to frequently asked questions as well as advice on how to handle specific situations.

Forbes Dunlop, CEO of Scottish Swimming commented:

“The wellbeing and protection of young people within our sport is a top priority for Scottish Swimming and we are delighted to be making good progress by creating a policy and a series of supporting documents to help our clubs ensure that children are safe, happy and secure in aquatics environments across Scotland.”

Lindsey Booth, Scottish Swimming Wellbeing and Protection officer commented:

“This policy is essential for two key reasons. Firstly it puts children and their needs at the centre of all that we do and secondly it provides clubs with useful and practical documents that they can use to ensure their young members are safe, happy and secure.”

Click the hyperlinks to download the new Wellbeing and Protection Policy for Children and Young People and access the new section of the website.

The Adult Wellbeing and Protection Policy will be launched next week online with a set of supporting documents and resources.

For more information on this press release please contact Helen Plank h.plank@scottishswimming.com or 07702 872964.

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