Wellingborough Amateur Swimming Club

Action to be taken if Child Abuse is suspected


  • Any suspicion that a child has been or is being abused by either a member of Wellingborough Swimming Club staff or a volunteer working with the Club should be reported to the Club’s Welfare Officer, who will take steps as considered necessary to ensure the safety of the child in question and any other child who may be at risk.  In the absence of the Club’s Welfare Officer any report should be made to the Club Chairman or member of the Club committee unless they are the subject of suspicion/allegation.
  • If the Club’s Welfare Officer is the subject of the suspicion/allegation the report should be made to the Club Chairman or, in his/her absence, a member of the Club’s committee.
  • The Club’s Welfare Officer will inform the Club Chairman of any reports received unless he/she is the subject of the suspicion/allegation.
  • The Club Welfare Officer will refer any allegation to the Social Services Department who may involve the Police, or go directly to the Police if out of hours.
  • The parents or carers of the child concerned will be informed as soon as possible following advice from Social Services Department or the Police.
  • The Welfare Officer must inform the ASA Legal Department to advise them of the concern and who it has been reported to. ( ASA Legal Affairs Department, Harold Fern House, Derby Square, Loughborough. LE11 5AL)


If a member of the Club has concerns and is worried about sharing those concerns with other members, they should contact SWIMLINE on 0808 100 4001.  SWIMLINE is the ASA’s own Helpline where you can talk to someone who understands swimming and the requirements of child protection.  If you need urgent advice you have the option to transfer to the NSPCC Child Protection Helpline.