At the AGM meeting in October we talked about Safeguarding for Children in the club. Swim Ireland – the governing body for swimming in Ireland – require that all aquatic activities involving children and young people must be supervised.
As part of each training session there must be a pool/dry land supervision rota for coaching activities. Providing a rota system for parents to supervise each coaching session for our children reduces the risks to both children and adults and ensures someone is on hand for any emergency that might arise.
Some of the duties of the supervisor should include keeping the attendance record for sessions, taking note of children leaving and returning to the pool – toilet breaks, allow the coach freedom to get on with the session, noting any problems that occur and helping our in cases of emergencies.
The parent should have a full view and hearing of the pool area.
In order to progress this it is the clubs intention to pull together a rota of parents of children from each session for Monday, Wednesday and Sunday’s sessions. For example if your child swims on Mondays from 6.30 – 7.30 ideally a parent of a swimmer from this session should be available to fulfil the role of supervisor. The role doesn’t require any special training or specific PSNI vetting and is purely a safeguarding strategy to ensure all our swimmers and coaches are fully protected.
We hope to have the rota completed for April until June 2018 sometime this week and available on the notice board and on our Facebook platform.
Please refer to the swim Ireland link for further details