Child Protection – Child Awareness
You will all be aware of the emphasis now being put on the new Child Protection Policy – Wavepower 2016 – 2019 (July 2016) – which has recently been introduced by the Government. Most of the rules have been aimed at adults who are directly in contact with young swimmers. All have to have ‘enhanced police checks’ which is enforced by the Leisure Centres and the Amateur Swimming Association, now Swim England, for the safety of all the children.
Child abuse can take many forms, from name calling, bullying, ‘touching’ and ‘looking’, to covert photography (watch out for the new picture capable mobile ‘phones) to just feeling uncomfortable in a particular person’s presence.
The Committee and Leisure Centres wish to stress to swimmers that they must take some responsibility for patrolling the situation themselves. If you are not comfortable with the way anyone is behaving TELL SOMEONE AT ONCE. It can be any of the Leisure Centre staff, any RASCALS officials, your parents or one of the senior swimmers.
We want you to be safe and happy when you are at a swimming pool, whether Ripley, Alfreton, Heanor or any other pool you may visit. Help us to help you.
Gail Ethelston is RASCALS Child Protection Officer, and can be contacted:-
at home: 01773 745100
by mobile: 07831 649921
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org