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Swimmer Welfare

At Arnold Swimming Club we take our responsibilities very seriously especially when it comes to the welfare of our swimmers.

The club is committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all of our members, so that when they participate in club activities, they do so in a relaxed and secure atmosphere.

To do this, we have implemented and promoted policies and procedures to safeguard the well being of both children and adults, in order to protect them from abuse of any kind. In particular, the club has adopted Swim England’s Wavepower 2016-19: Child safeguarding policy and procedures for clubs and these provide the foundations of our welfare policy. Links to the Wavepower documentation can be found below.

Our aim is to make sure that these policies and procedures are known to everyone involved with the club – swimmers, coaches, committee members, club volunteers and parents/guardians alike – and that all individuals within these groups are aware of their responsibility to adopt and abide by our club welfare policies.

If there is a breach of the club’s welfare policies:
The club’s welfare officers will act to investigate any such incident (in line with the recommended policy) and will implement any necessary disciplinary and appeals procedures. Any incidents of alleged poor practice, misconduct or abuse will always be taken seriously and responded to swiftly. Our welfare officers and committee members will ensure that confidentiality is maintained at all times during any investigation into breaches of the club’s welfare policy.

If you want to discuss an issue with either of our welfare officers, please contact them by clicking on the links below and using our clubs "Contact Form".

If you would rather talk to someone outside the club, Swim England in association with NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) runs a confidential free help line.

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This is for anyone involved in swimming, adults or children, who believe that the welfare of someone under the age of 18 is at risk. This concern could be neglect, abuse, bullying or fear of someone or anything that is worrying you and you don’t know who to discuss it with.

Arnold SC, as part of our Swim Mark Accreditation have signed up to follow the guidelines set out in the Swim England Wave Power Policies and Proceedures which you can find a full copy here.

Arnold SC Welfare Officer is Craig Nicholson. You con contact him by emailing or using the website contact form here.