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Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.

Safeguarding means:

  • protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
  • preventing harm to children’s health or development
  • ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
  • taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes.
  • Child protection is part of the safeguarding process. It focuses on protecting individual children identified as suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. This includes child protection procedures which detail how to respond to concerns about a child.


SLSA Wales Lead Safeguarding Officer -

Julie Wisden - Tel: 07853 000457


 SLSA Wales SG Twitter

SLSA Wales Deputy Lead Safeguarding Officer

Liz Wong - Tel: 07967 671628


Supporting children’s mental health during coronavirus | NSPCC Learning

Coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions are easing across the UK. But it’s still important that we all pay attention to our mental health and wellbeing and the mental health of children and young people. The pandemic has affected everyone’s mental wellbeing, particularly vulnerable groups such as children.

SLSA Wales Safeguarding has moved to Microsoft Teams 

Safeguarding procedures such as DBS the managment of Club DBS returns are now done through MS Teams. This means that the club SO and the Lead SO can review the return in real time and ensure that we only hold details of members who are still currently in a volunteers trole under regulated activity. If you leave regulated activity in your club either becuase you no longer coach / help out or have left the club then as soon as we are notified, your name will be taken off the return and no further annual DBS status checks will be done for you.
if you rejoin the club and want to continue in regulated activity a new check will need to be done for you.

All safeguarding appendices and the Child Protection Policy can be found here.

A gentle reminder that all as part of a new paperless process, all clubs have been asked to include the following section on their membership forms. This will replace the need for paper forms of the listed policies and accountability will be on clubs and members to visit the safeguarding tab to understand the expected standards of behaviour and processes to follow should an incident occur.
An alternative is to use Google forms to collect signatures showing compliance to this request and any subsequent new members throughout the year will need to be added to this list.

All SLSA Wales Coaches, Members and Volunteers and anyone working under the responsibility of SLSA Wales are required to adhere to its safeguarding policies and procedures.

As a member of Surf Life Saving Association of Wales I agree to abide by all of its safeguarding policies and principles.

By signing your membership form you are confirming that you have read and understood the following key policies. This will be a condition of your membership to SLSA Wales.

Coaches, Members and Volunteers Code of Conduct

Parents Code of Conduct

Youth Code of Conduct

Social Media Policy

Anti - Bullying

To find information relating to safeguarding I can visit the SLSA Wales Safeguarding page at

Welcome to SLSA Wales - Surf Life Saving Association of Wales

A copy of the SLSA Wales Child Protection policy can also be found here also.

N.B. in the case of young members, can parents explain the principles of the last 3 policies listed and sign for them where needed.


Your Club Safeguarding Officers - 


Elizabeth Thomas


Natalie Bunston

Pen y Bont

Lisa Pritchard 


Delyth Clegg

Poppit Sands             

Joanne Hollowoood / Andrew Davies


Katarina Thomas


Richard Butler


Stuart Penfold


Kate Glover

Cold Knapp

Lesley Page

Rest Bay

Nicola Curtis / Roger Pierce

Colwyn Bay

Carly Butler


Leanne Taylor


Lindsey Abbott


Lyle Bluck

Kenfig Sands               

Jayne Hopkins / Jayne Powell

Sker & Pink Bay

Darren & Ellen Grounds

Langland Bay

Rachel Evans


Rachel Lewis


Tara Morgan


Wendy Olsen

Llantwit Major

Allison Woolcock 


Bethan Wall / Stuart Yeandle


Zoe Phillips

Whitmore Bay

Stuart Penfold




Lynsey P Lewes




All safeguarding appendices and the Child Protection Policy can be found here.

Welcome to the Safeguarding area of SLSA Wales

Everyone who participates within Surf Life Saving Association of Wales (SLSAW) is entitled to do so in an enjoyable and safe environment. SLSAW and member clubs have a moral and legal obligation to ensure that, when given responsibility for children, coaches, members and volunteers provide them with the highest possible standard of care.

Each club should have a Safeguarding Officer (SO) and these should be your first point of contact should you have any concerns about the welfare of a child. The SO is a key part of any clubs personnel, they ensure that safeguarding policies and procedures are followed and that club members and members  volunteering in a regulated activity role are DBS checked and adhere to the safeguarding principles..

Support for Our Young Members - 0808 800 5000     - 0800 1111                   

If  you are one of our young members who feel you need to talk to someone outside of your club, organisation or family, then Childline are available 24/7

You can contact them about anything. Whatever your worry is. It's better out than in.

They are there to support you, listen to you and help you find ways to cope.

You are never alone

Reporting forms

If you have a safeguarding concern please speak to your club Safeguarding Officer in the first instance or complete Appendix 8 which can be found in one of the links on this page to SLSA wales safeguarding documents. Then, either give it to your club Safeguarding Officer or send it to the Lead Safeguarding Officer on the email  address above.


Support for Members

Membership forms from March 2021 should now contain a safeguarding section explaining what your responsibilities are regarding the SLSA Wales Safeguarding principles. The 5 key codes of condcut should be read by all members and this is to be confirMed on your membership form. This means there is no longer a requirement to complete paper forms and return them to your club Safeguarding Officer or Lead Safeguarding Officer. This should make the process more efficient for all members and personnel.

Here is a guide to the forms that are relevant to you

For Parents

Parents Code of Conduct 

Health and Wellbeing form to completed on behalf of their child  - electronic copy to be kept by the club 

Photography and Recorded Images Consent Form - electronic copy to be kept by the club

For Youth

Youth Code of Conduct 

Anti-bullying policy 

Social Media Policy 

For all adult Members, Coaches and Volunteers

Code of Conduct 

Coaches, Members and Volunteers Guidance and Expected Standards of the Use of Social Media

Officials Code of Conduct

Welcome to the training area of  SLSA Wales Safeguarding

For all Coaches, Members & Volunteers

UK Coaching have launched a free online course. This toolkit will equip coaches with the knowledge and skills to provide great coaching experiences, as well as support other coaches to begin to better look after themsleves.

The 5 pillars of learning cover: Safeguarding - Diversity - Inclusion - Mental Health - Well-Being

Complete the five free Knowledge Checks to earn our Duty to Care Digital Badge

Register here to earn your digital badge and share your learning on the SLSA Wales Safeguarding Twitter page along with your clubs name here SLSA Wales SG Twitter

Safeguarding and Protecting Children course for our 16 to 18 year old DBS checked Coaches, Asst Coaches and Club Helpers

It is now mandatory that all of our DBS checked youth members complete the Safeguarding and Protecting Children course tailored for

16-18 year olds.   

Please can you use this link to register yourself on one of these courses and when you have completed it and sent me your certifiate you will be re-imbursed the £30.00 course fee.

Both of these training opportunities are run by UK Coaching and they are the same course. If you cannot find a course with available dates then please keep checking as course are added on all the time.

UK Coaching - Safeguarding & Protecting Children 16 - 18 (Online Classroom)

COVID-19 and Teen Mental Health - Advice for Parents

For many teens, COVID-19 meant missing out on some of the biggest moments in their young lives, with school closed and social events cancelled. Months in lockdown also meant a rise in cyberbullying and body dissatisfaction as teenagers spend more time on social media. 

So I wanted to share this guide from MyTutor with useful tips and advice for parents to help their teens overcome body image issues, academic anxiety, peer pressure and cyberbullying, including links to other important teen mental health resources - all of which can be helpful in these uncertain times. 

Teen Mental Health – A Guide for Parents

DBS application -  Support and Guidance for Members and Safeguarding Officers

DBS Application Process

DBS Application Flowchart

Anyone applying for a DBS check through SLSA Wales will be required to complete an

  • Confirm they are in regulated activity as below
  • Agree to be registered with the Update Service where annual status checks can be completed by the Lead Safeguarding Officer
  • Agree to attend a Safeguarding and Protecting Children course (where applicable) to be renewed every three years

All safeguarding appendices and the Child Protection Policy can be found here.

Definition of regulated activity

Types of activity - teaching, training, instructing, caring for, supervision, providing advice / guidance on wellbeing, or transport specifically for chlldren (Excludes supervised volunteers)


In a limited number of specified places e.g. schools, children's homes and childcare premises. (Excludes supervised volunteers)


  • once a week or more
  • 4 or more occasions in a period of 30 days
  • overnight between 2 - 6 am
* Such day to day supervision as is reasonable in all the circumstances for the purpose of protecting any children concerned  - sector specific  guidance on supervision








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