SLSGB has a moral and legal duty of care to safeguard all children and young people, involved in its activities, from harm.

The welfare of the child is paramount.

Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility

What is safeguarding?

Safeguarding refers to the process of protecting children (and adults) to provide safe and effective care. This includes all procedures designed to prevent harm to a child.

What is child protection?

Child Protection is part of safeguarding process, protecting individual children identified as suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. This includes the child protection procedures which detail how to respond to concerns about a child.

Safeguarding Policies, Guidance and Resources

SLSGB Safeguarding Policy PDF

SLSGB Anti Bullying Policy PDF

SLSGB Guidance on Transporting Children

SLSGB Safeguarding Incident Report Form

SLSGB Safeguarding Guidance

SLSGB Code of Conduct

SLSGB Guidance on Collection of Children

SLSGB Safeguarding Poster

SLSGB Equal Opportunities Policy

SLSGB Safeguarding FAQs

SLSGB DBS Guidance for Clubs

SLSGB Safeguarding Powerpoint Presentation for Volunteers at Events

Club Safeguarding Officers

Club safeguarding officers(CSO) are key to making an environment safe, welcoming and friendly for children. Club Safeguarding Officers are vital members of the club and key to making an environment safe, welcoming and friendly for children to enjoy all aspects of Surf Lifesaving.

Why do clubs need a Club Safeguarding Officer?

Whilst everyone is responsible for safeguarding, the CSO will make sure the policies and procedures are in place, and that everyone who should be vetted to work with children holds a DBS. They are the person that others come to if they have concerns, and having attended specific training, will know what to do in order to assist, or who to ask for further help.

Training for Club Safeguarding officers

CSO need to attend initial training:

– Time to Listen training run by SLSGB

– Safeguarding update

– A DBS Vetting check is also required

Every three years, the three requirements above must be updated.

Related Content

Surf Life Saving Great Britain: 01392 369111

Surf Life Saving Great Britain National Safeguarding Manager:

Police: 999

Police, non urgent: 101

Childline: 0800 1111

ChildLine is a private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of nineteen. You can contact a ChildLine counsellor about anything – no problem is too big or too small.

NSPCC: 0808 800 5000

Abuse changes childhoods. But so can we. We believe that no child should be abused. That’s why we’re here and that’s what

drives all our work. We help children rebuild their lives, and we find ways to prevent abuse from ruining any more.

County Sports Partnership link:

A powerful National network demonstrating leadership and connectivity in sport and physical activity.

Child Protection In Sport Unit.  

Keep children safe in sport.  Together we can help our young people play sport and stay safe.

Bullying UK: 0808 800 2222

Listening, supportive and non-judgemental advice and support about bullying, whenever and wherever you might need it.

Local Safeguarding Childrens Board.  

Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) were established by the Children Act 2004 which gives a statutory responsibility to each locality to have this mechanism in place.  LSCBs are now the key system in every locality of the country for organisations to come together to agree on how they will cooperate with one another to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.  The purpose of this partnership working is to hold each other to account and to ensure safeguarding children remains high on the agenda across their region.

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy:

The British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy is a membership organisation and a registered charity that sets standards for therapeutic practice and provides information for therapists, clients of therapy, and the general public. To find the contact details for your Designated Officer or Team of Officers (previously LADO), search for your local county council, then for children services.  If you haveany difficulty in finding contact details for your local area, please do not hesitate to contact the SLSGB National Safeguarding Manager – 01392 369111.  Please ensure local contact details are displayed in your club.

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