SwimWay Swimming School Safeguarding Policy

Safeguarding Children

The safeguarding of SwimWay swimmers is a key priority for our instructors and other staff. We believe that all participants are entitled to take part in lessons in a safe environment regardless of ability, gender, race, religion and disability.  SwimWay acknowledges and adheres to the guidance in the STA Swimming Teaching Code of Practice Safeguarding section.  We expect teachers, parents and swimmers to understand their responsibilities in ensuring that all participants are safe at the swimming pool and changing rooms before, during and after their lessons.

Practice principles followed by SwimWay

  • To ensure that all lessons are based on the needs and interests of the child.
  • To challenge any inappropriate or dangerous behaviour exhibited by participants, parents or teachers.
  • To provide all lessons where instructors are in the water with a child to be instructed in accordance with instructors’ qualification and training. Where physical contact is required in order to assist a child, contact with costume areas is to be avoided.
  • To teach in an open environment. With parents or carers supervising their children during lessons by being present on the poolside.
  • Instructors are not permitted in designated changing areas whilst they are being used by children and their parents/carers.
  • To, wherever possible, obtain additional consent from parents before any emergency first aid or medical treatment is sought.  However, this shouldn't unnecessarily delay the administering of any treatment required.
  • Instructors to be appointed in line with STA Swimming Teacher Code of Practice and have appropriate qualifications.
  • All instructors to be DBS checked and hold current relevant insurance
  • All instructors to undertake termly practical first aid and pool safety operating procedure courses provided by SwimWay.


Responding to disclosure, suspicions or allegations

If you have a question or concern regarding child welfare, be it poor practice or possible abuse, this should be reported to the following.

SwimWay Welfare Officer – Dan Pastor Tel. 0208 8713972
Childline – 0800 1111; or
NSPCC helpline – 0808 800 5000
SwimWay’s Welfare officer can liaise directly with the governing body and or the Police.
Confidentiality will be maintained at all times and only disseminated on a need to know basis.