Support, Policy & Procedures

EMSA LTD and EMSA BABIES are committed to the belief that all children have a right to protection, and the needs of disabled children and others who may be particularly vulnerable must be taken into account.

The EMSA BABY Team has a duty of care to safeguard from harm all children and young people involved in any activities directly delivered by the EMSA.

EMSA also has a responsibility to ensure that we have established policies and provide protection to children and young people.

1 Policy Aims

Our Safeguarding policy aims to:
Clarify what is required in relation to the protection of children and young people.
Highlight the commitment of our staff to Child Protection Issues.
Recognise that the safety and welfare of the child is paramount, and that the child is potentially at risk when child abuse is reported or suspected.

Where our lessons take place, this Policy aims to:
Set and implement standard procedures to protect the child first and foremost when suspected or actual abuse is reported.
Ensure that adequate steps are taken to ensure that unsuitable people are not employed or deployed in activities.
Create a safe and positive environment for children.
Help ensure that all staff are supported and trained to recognise and respond appropriately to child protection or poor practice concerns.
Promote good practice and actively challenge practices and behaviour that could be deemed harmful to children.

2 Principles of the Safeguarding Policy

The key principles of the Safeguarding Policy are that:
The welfare of children and young people is the primary concern, and all children should be protected from harm.
All young people, whatever their gender, race, ethnic or national origin, disability, family status, age, religious belief, class or sexuality have the right to protection from abuse.
It is the responsibility of all involved in the delivery of our activity for children, to report any concerns.
It is the responsibility of the child protection experts to determine whether or not abuse has taken place.
All incidents, allegations or suspicions of poor practice or abuse should be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.
Children and young people should be allowed to enjoy sport and other activities, without being abused or exploited
EMSA have a duty of care to all children and young people.

3 Designated Officer / Child Protection Officer (CPO)

EMSA has a designated Child Protection Officer (CPO) to be the lead contact and have responsibility for child protection issues.

The designated Child Protection Officer is Sally Parkin and can be contacted currently on 01623 430093. Any incidents will also be reported to children’s social care using the ‘call Derbyshire’ number: 08456 058058 or for Nottinghamshire 0844 9808080

Responsibilities of the CPO are to:
Be familiar with the Child Protection Procedures of our organisation.
Ensure that systems are in place for effective record keeping.
Ensure that there are effective internal procedures to respond to concerns
Be the link person with the individual that has raised a concern.
Be the link person with Social care or Police, consult with, and where appropriate refer to Social care or Police on concerns that have been raised.
To ensure that in the event of concerns arising about a member of staff, the disciplinary processes are initiated as appropriate.
Attend training provided by Social care or by other identified welfare agencies.
Report information to other relevant organisations, e.g. National Governing Body (NGBs) if the allegations concern a member of staff.

In the event of an allegation or suspicion of child abuse, it is the responsibility of the CPO to inform the social care without delay. If the CPO is not available or the concern is about the CPO, the person with concerns or the person being informed of them should immediately contact social care or the police. Together with the CPO where appropriate, will decide how and when parents or carer will inform social care.

Detailed procedures are well documented by our Governing Body (ASA) & by the NSPCC through their Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) – these are documented on their web site & can be made available by contacting EMSA.

Child Protection Policy

EMSA will ensure all staff supervising or coaching children (and vulnerable adults) have already been Police Checked or provided a satisfactory CRB Disclosure, and are trained in order to recognise the symptoms of possible abuse.

Staff will investigate changes in children’s behaviour and in accordance with the Children Act, and local authority guidelines, liase with outside agencies if abuse of any kind is suspected. EMSA will welcome children who are on the Social Services ‘at risk register’ and provide support.

The company and its entire staff must take all reasonable steps to protect children from harm, discrimination or degrading treatment and will respect children’s rights, wishes and feelings. We offer a coordinated approach to sessions and activities.

Any suspicions or allegations of abuse must be taken seriously and be responded to quickly and appropriately.

EMSA along with all its staff recognise their responsibilities under the terms of the Race Relations Act 1976, Sex Discrimination Act 1975 and the Disability Discrimination Act 1996. All children, whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious beliefs and or sexual identity have the right to be protected from abuse.

Important Contact Information: Office Hours, 0844 9808080, Out of hours – Emergency Duty Team, 0300 456 4546

Photography Policy

EMSA does not permit any photographs to be taken of the children or babies during swimming sessions unless prior written consent is obtained from parents/carers.

We may, on occasions, take photos for promotional purposes, i.e. leaflets or website etc. Before doing so, we will seek permission from all those involved, and respect the individual’s wishes if they do not want to appear in the photos.

Where there is sole usage of the pool by EMSA. Photographs may be taken, with adherence to the above. If you wish to take photos of your child, please inform EMSA, prior to doing so, either by phone, email or in person.

Equal Opportunities Policy

EMSA and EMSA BABIES are committed to the principle of equal opportunities.

Everyone will be treated with respect and their individuality acknowledged taking positive account of their gender, religion, ethnic and cultural origin, age, social background and abilities.

Each person will be valued as an individual without racial or gender stereotyping. We will, wherever possible, take account of individual customs, values and beliefs, and utilise equipment/materials that help to promote anti-racist and anti-sexist behaviour.

We encourage all participants to develop a well-grounded sense of their own value and worth and that of others.

Every person has the right to participate in our lessons regardless of any disability or special need they may have, and if appropriate additional adaptive equipment will be provided alongside the regular equipment that is suitable for everyone, including those with a disability or special need.

EMSA will not tolerate any discrimination or prejudice at its venues. All personnel will promote positive attitudes and behaviours’.

ASA, Our governing body
http://www.swimming.org/asa/