At Great Yarmouth Swimming Club we believe that the welfare of the children is everyone's responsibility, particularly when it comes to protecting children from abuse.

Everyone in swimming at the club - administrator, club official, coach, teacher, parent, friend, children themselves, everyone - can help.

Abuse can occur anywhere there are children - at home, at school, in the park, at the club. Sadly, there are some people who will seek to be where children are simply in order to abuse them.

We believe that everyone in the swimming club has a part to play in looking after the children with whom we are working. This is both a moral and arguably a legal obligation.

The child protection procedure within the club stem from the following principles:

• The child's welfare is the first consideration
• All children, regardless of age, any disability they have, gender, racial origin, religious belief and sexual identity have a right to be protected from abuse.

What is Child Abuse?

It's generally acknowledged that there are four main types of abuse:

Physical Abuse

Physical Abuse is just what the term implies - hurting or injuring a child for example, by hitting or shaking them. It may occur if a child is forced to train beyond their capabilities. Bullying is likely to come into this category.

Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse occurs when a child knowingly takes part in something which meets the sexual needs of the other person or persons involved. It could range from sexually suggestive comments to full intercourse.

Emotional Abuse

Emotional Abuse occurs when a child is not given love, help and encouragement and is constantly derided or ridiculed or, perhaps even worse, ignored. Conversely, it can occur if a child is over protected. It is present in the unrealistic expectations of parents and coaches over what a child can achieve.

Neglect Abuse

Neglect is the persistent failure to meet a child's basic physical and/or psychological needs, likely to result in the serious impairment of the child's health or development, such as failing to provide shelter, food, clothing, or unresponsiveness to a child's basic emotional needs.

If you have concerns about the welfare of a child.

Please remember, it's not your responsibility to decide whether a child is being abused, but we are asking you to act on your concerns.
• Make a detailed note of what you have seen or heard but don't delay in passing on the information.
• If you are a member, or the parent or friend of a member, of the club you should immediately contact the Club Welfare Officer or their coach, or at an event the referee - unless, of course you suspect them of being involved. If necessary please contact the Local Authority or Police.
• Alternatively ring Swimline on 0808 100 4001
• Swimline is the ASA'S own Helpline where you can talk to someone who understands both swimming and the requirements of child protection. If you need urgent advice you have the option to transfer to the NSPCC Child Protection Helpline.

All of our teachers and coaches are trained in how to deal with these issues and are fully conversant with good practice and the clubs code of conduct in relation to the club.