Child Protection

At Gateshead and Whickham ASC, we are committed to ensure a safe environment for children and young people. We work alongside the safeguarding teams at Swim North East and Swim England to ensure we are up to date with legislation and current best practice, as well as the new challenges facing children and young people in today’s society.

Wavepower 2020 – 23 is the new Swim England Child Safeguarding Policies and Procedures manual which must be adopted by all Swim England affiliated clubs such as ourselves.  Advice and guidance can be found in this manual for coaches, parents and swimmers. 

Our Club Welfare Officer is Nicola McPherson and she can be contacted in confidence at childprotectionofficer@gawswim.org.uk with any safeguarding concerns or queries.    The Club Welfare Officer is supported by the Northumberland and Durham Welfare Officer and you can read the Gateshead and Whickham ASC Child Protection Policy here.

If you are a child or young person and you are worried or concerned about anything ‘Speak Out’ – this might include telling a coach or trusted adult that you are uncomfortable with something which has been said, or something that is happening to you, either by an adult or a fellow swimmer.

If you have concerns about your own safety or that of a friend, and you do not want to talk to somebody at the club or your school, the following contact information may be helpful to you.

In an emergency always call 999, for non-emergencies you can contact Northumbria Police on 101.

Childline – Childline is a counselling service for children and young people. It is a confidential service where you can talk about anything, no problem is too big or small.  The helpline is free and is available 24 hours.  Call on 0800 1111, http://www.childline.org.uk

Swimline – This service is provided by Amateur Swimming Association and NSPCC for anyone who is involved in swimming, including children and young people.  Call on 0808 100 4001, http://www.swimming.org/asa/clubs-and-members/swimline

NSPCC – National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children is the UKs leading charity specialising in child protection and the prevention of cruelty to children. This is a free, 24 hour helpline offering support to children and young people, as well as advice to adults who have concerns about a child’s welfare.  Call on 0808 800 5000 or text 88858, https://www.nspcc.org.uk

CEOP – Child Exploitation and Online Protection.  You can contact CEOP if you are worried about the way someone has been communicating with you online https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/

Additional websites to support parents

Additional information on safeguarding advice for parents https://www.swimming.org/sport/children-safety-at-swimming-clubs/

Supporting your child in sport https://thecpsu.org.uk/parents/

Promoting positive parental behaviour in sport https://thecpsu.org.uk/resource-library/videos/my-magic-sports-kit/

A guide to social networks, apps and games https://www.net-aware.org.uk/

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