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There have been many stories in the press recently of historical child abuse in sport. The revelations that are coming out about abuse have shaken the sports world and whilst substantial progress has been made, we can’t be complacent in making sure children are safe when they are playing sport.

Safeguarding leads of clubs are being advised to ensure that Child Protection policies are in place and visible for all members and public to see and we have always complied with this since 2013.

The SLSA Wales Child Protection Policy 2016 can be viewed on the SLSA Wales website – members area / public documents depository / safeguarding
http://www.slsawales.org.uk/publicdownloads.asp
It is in the public domain so anyone can look to see what child protection policies we have in place should they want to check before allowing any young members to join.

Child protection in Surf Life Saving Wales is taken incredibly seriously and recent changes have been made to ensure that our systems are robust and transparent, moving to annual checks as well as making it policy that all members register with the update service.

This was partly due to it being a more efficient way to manage DBS checks and partly to negate the many comments received about a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate only being as good as the day it was printed. This is no longer the case as members give us permission to perform update checks regularly as voluntary employers.

DBS is only one part of safeguarding our children. Currently SLSA Wales have 1072 Nippers and 318 juniors aged 17 years of age and under. It is collectively all of our responsibility to be vigilant and report any behaviour that we feel is suspicious. However much we don’t want to think of this happening within our organisation, we must be ready and informed of what action to take should we ever be faced with this situation.

Referrals of suspicion or harm to a child should be made to your club Child Protection Officer or to myself as Lead Child Protection officer.
All members are asked to sign a Code of Conduct form as well as being advised to familiarise themselves of the current Child Protection Policy (CPP).

Club Child Protection Officers promote the CPP within their respective clubs as well as being aware of what processes and documentation to follow / use in any given child protection scenario.
CPO’s will also identify key members to receive Safeguarding Children in Sport training and refer them to the LCPO to arrange training if in house training cannot be arranged.

If anyone is worried about a child then they can speak to the NSPCC helpline confidentially for advice and support on 0800 800 5000.
If a child is worried they can call ChildLine on 0800 1111.

Furthermore as many of us are parents with chilren involved in this fantastic sport I have attached a link which has information for parents on what to look for in a sports club and key questions to ask.

https://thecpsu.org.uk/help-advice/related-information/information-for-parents-and-carerswhat-to-look-for-in-a-sports-club

If anyone has any further questions on safeguarding or SLSA Wales child protection polices then please call me. I am happy to answer any questions on any concerns or queries you may have.

Regards
Julie Wisden SLSA Wales Lead Safeguarding Officer
01656 645291&61643;07853 000457 julie.wisden@sky.com

Together we can help our young people participate in sport and stay safe.

 

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