We Swim is committed to providing an environment in which all swimmers & volunteers (regardless of age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, ability or disability) participating in its activities have a safe and positive experience and are protected from harm.
As a Volunteer it is important to know:
- Identification of types of and signs of abuse
- Procedure for dealing with a safeguarding issue
- Volunteer Code of Conduct & Our Commitment To You
Abuse is a violation of an individual’s human and civil rights by another person. It may be single or repeated acts, and they may be in immediate or longer term danger.
The likelihood of the workforce encountering a serious situation is extremely low, so there is no need to be overly worried. Although it can be unpleasant to consider the reality of abuse, it is important to know what the five different types of abuse and their potential signs are, in case a swimmer / service user indicates or discloses that they are at risk. We are all responsible for safeguarding service users from abuse.
Different Types and Signs of Abuse
Procedure for Dealing with a Disclosure or Suspicion of Abuse
Ways that abuse might be brought to your attention:
- Direct disclosure
- Disclosure about another person
- Worrying information or signs of concern in someone’s appearance / behaviour
To report a disclosure or suspicion of abuse use our online form here.
If someone discloses abuse or suspected abuse the procedure is to:
If someone is in need of emergency medical attention or in immediate danger, contact 999 and stay with them.
Confidentiality / Privacy
It is important to respect individuals’ rights to privacy and not to discuss people’s personal information with other swimmers or volunteers.
Safeguarding issues or concerns should only be discussed with the safeguarding officers. If someone is in immediate physical danger, volunteers should contact the emergency services and report to the safeguarding officers as a matter of urgency.
All other safeguarding concerns should be reported to the safeguarding officers as soon as possible. If sending an email or leaving a voicemail then personal initials should be used.
Whistleblowing and External Allegations against WeSwim Representatives
We Swim is committed to being an open, honest and accountable organisation and encourages a free and open culture. If someone is concerned that a colleague is behaving inappropriately towards a swimmer, or acting in a way that is contrary to the Safeguarding and Vulnerable Adults policy, they should disclose their concerns to the Managing Director, without fear of exposure or retaliation. All concerns will be treated with the utmost confidence irrespective of the subject of the report.
If their concern relates to one Director it should be raised with the other Director, the accused should not be informed about the allegation at this point.
We Swim have designated persons responsible for acting as a source of advice on matters concerning the safeguarding and protection of all users. In the event of suspected or actual cases of abuse they are responsible for co-ordinating action within the organisation and for making a referral to the appropriate statutory agencies. They are Directors Tash Fleming & Dan Grey.
Tash – Director – Designated Person for Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults – email@example.com
Dan – Director – Deputy designated person for Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults – firstname.lastname@example.org
Meena – Old Street Club Manager – email@example.com
Emily – Old Street Volunteer Manager – firstname.lastname@example.org
Kendall – Old Street Swimmer Manager – email@example.com