With an increased use of online technology, it is important for the club to have robust safeguarding measures in place for online chats and activities using websites such as Zoom.
Parents/Carers should be aware that:
Your athlete should have an adult in the room whilst on online calls.
All online calls are under the same Code of Conduct guidelines as all other club sessions - language should be used appropriately.
All online calls will have privacy settings and will be managed and monitored by club volunteers. No-one outside the club will have access. The only exceptions to this will be if a training opportunity arises with a coach from Swim England or the East Region, such as a Development Day. They will be Swim England members and have undertaken the same Safeguarding measures as our own club coaches.
The NSPCC is urging parents to supervise their children when using Zoom and other video call platforms and to also take steps to secure meeting details and passwords.
Andy Burrows, Head of Child Safety Online Policy at the NSPCC, said: "While the responsibility for this lies with those uploading this terrible footage, it’s important to take precautions to lessen the risks posed to children and adults, including not sharing full meeting details and passwords on social media and only providing them to people you trust."
Children can contact Childline for free on 0800 1111 or visit childline.org.uk and speak to a counsellor about a worry or concern they may have.