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SLSA Wales Lead Safeguarding Officer

Julie Wisden - Tel: 07853 000457

Email: safeguarding@slsawales.org.uk            

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SLSA Wales Deputy Lead Safeguarding Officer

Liz Wong - Tel: 07967 671628

Email: safeguardingdep@slsawales.org.uk


COVID-19 and Teen Mental Health - Advice for Parents

For many teens, COVID-19 meant missing out on some of the biggest moments in their young lives, with school closed and social events cancelled. Months in lockdown also meant a rise in cyberbullying and body dissatisfaction as teenagers spend more time on social media. 

So I wanted to share this guide from MyTutor with useful tips and advice for parents to help their teens overcome body image issues, academic anxiety, peer pressure and cyberbullying, including links to other important teen mental health resources - all of which can be helpful in these uncertain times. 

Teen Mental Health – A Guide for Parents https://www.mytutor.co.uk/blog/teen-mental-health-a-guide-for-parents/

 


As an association most clubs are nearing the time of getting memberships in order.

Now is a good time to review the current process of the signing and receipt of safeguarding forms.

The current process has members, coaches, officials and volunteers signing the safeguarding forms applicable to their role or membership status.

The key codes of conducts being:

Coaches, Members and Volunteers Code of Conduct

Youth Code of Conduct

Parent Code of Conduct 

Officials Code of Conduct   

Social Media policy 

Anti-Bullying policy 


All safeguarding appendices and the Child Protection Policy can be found here.


As part of a new paperless process, all clubs are being asked to include the following section on their membership forms. This will replace the need for paper forms of the listed policies and accountability will be on clubs and members to visit the safeguarding tab to understand the expected standards of behaviour and processes to follow should an incident occur.

 
All SLSA Wales Coaches, Members and Volunteers and anyone working under the responsibility of SLSA Wales are required to adhere to its safeguarding policies and procedures.

As a member of Surf Life Saving Association of Wales I agree to abide by all of its safeguarding policies and principles.

By signing your membership form you are confirming that you have read and understood the following key policies. This will be a condition of your membership to SLSA Wales.

Coaches, Members and Volunteers Code of Conduct

Parents Code of Conduct

Youth Code of Conduct

Social Media Policy

Anti - Bullying

To find information relating to safeguarding I can visit the SLSA Wales Safeguarding page at

Welcome to SLSA Wales - Surf Life Saving Association of Wales

A copy of the SLSA Wales Child Protection policy can also be found here also.

N.B. in the case of young members, can parents explain the principles of the last 3 policies listed and sign for them where needed.

 


Your Club Safeguarding Officers - 

Elizabeth Thomas Aberavon Stuart Penfold Newgale
Lisa Pritchard  Aberporth Lynsey P Lewes Newport
Joanne Hollowoood Aberystwyth  Natalie Bunston Pen y Bont
Andrew Davies Richard Butler Delyth Clegg Poppit Sands
Richard Butler Centurions Katarina Thomas Porthcawl
Kate Glover Cold Knapp David Walters Porthmawr
Nicola Curtis Colwyn Bay Lesley Page Rest Bay
Roger Pierce Colwyn Bay Sarah Braddon Rhoose
Leanne Taylor Crannog Lindsey Abbott Rhosneigr
Lyle Bluck Kenfig Sands Jayne Hopkins Sker & Pink Bay
TBC Langland Bay Rachel Evans Southerndown
Rachel Lewis Llanelli Tara Morgan Tenby
Wendy Olsen Llantwit Major Allison Woolcock  Vale
Bethan Wall Mumbles Zoe Phillips Whitmore Bay
       
 


All safeguarding appendices and the Child Protection Policy can be found here.


Welcome to the Safeguarding area of SLSA Wales

Everyone who participates within Surf Life Saving Association of Wales (SLSAW) is entitled to do so in an enjoyable and safe environment. SLSAW and member clubs have a moral and legal obligation to ensure that, when given responsibility for children, coaches, members and volunteers provide them with the highest possible standard of care.

Each club should have a Safeguarding Officer (SO) and these should be your first point of contact should you have any concerns about the welfare of a child. The SO is a key part of any clubs personnel, they ensure that safeguarding policies and procedures are followed and that club members and members  volunteering in a regulated activity role are DBS checked and adhere to the safeguarding principles..

Support for Our Young Members

http://www.nspcc.org.uk - 0808 800 5000              http://www.childline.org.uk - 0800 1111                   

If  you are one of our young members who feel you need to talk to someone outside of your club, organisation or family, then Childline are available 24/7

You can contact them about anything. Whatever your worry is. It's better out than in.

They are there to support you, listen to you and help you find ways to cope.

You are never alone

If you're worried a child may be struggling with their mental health or has anxiety about coronavirus (COVID-19), we've got advice to help you support them.

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/childrens-mental-health/depression-anxiety-mental-health/

Reporting forms

If you have a safeguarding concern please speak to your club Safeguarding Officer in the first instance or complete one of the following forms and either give it to your club Safeguarding Officer or send it to the Lead Safeguarding Officer on the email  address above.

 

Bullying Incident Report Form 

 

Incident Report Form 

 

 

Support for Members

Membership forms from March 2021 should now contain a safeguarding section explaining what your responsibilities are regarding the SLSA Wales Safeguarding principles. The 5 key codes of condcut should be read by all members and this is to be confirMed on your membership form. This means there is no longer a requirement to complete paper forms and return them to your club Safeguarding Officer or Lead Safeguarding Officer. This should make the process more efficient for all members and personnel.

Here is a guide to the forms that are relevant to you

For Parents

Parents Code of Conduct 

Health and Wellbeing form to completed on behalf of their child  - electronic copy to be kept by the club 

Photography and Recorded Images Consent Form - electronic copy to be kept by the club

For Youth

Youth Code of Conduct 

Anti-bullying policy 

Social Media Policy 

For all adult Members, Coaches and Volunteers

Code of Conduct 

Coaches, Members and Volunteers Guidance and Expected Standards of the Use of Social Media

Officials Code of Conduct


Welcome to the training area of  SLSA Wales Safeguarding

For all Coaches, Members & Volunteers

UK Coaching have launched a free online course. This toolkit will equip coaches with the knowledge and skills to provide great coaching experiences, as well as support other coaches to begin to better look after themsleves.

The 5 pillars of learning cover: Safeguarding - Diversity - Inclusion - Mental Health - Well-Being

Complete the five free Knowledge Checks to earn our Duty to Care Digital Badge

Register here https://www.ukcoaching.org/duty-to-care to earn your digital badge and share your learning on the SLSA Wales Safeguarding Twitter page along with your clubs name here SLSA Wales SG Twitter

Safeguarding and Protecting Children course for our 16 to 18 year old DBS checked Coaches, Asst Coaches and Club Helpers

It is now mandatory that all of our DBS checked youth members complete the Safeguarding and Protecting Children course tailored for

16-18 year olds.   

Please can you use this link to register yourself on one of these courses and when you have completed it and sent me your certifiate you will be re-imbursed the £30.00 course fee.

Both of these training opportunities are run by UK Coaching and they are the same course. If you cannot find a course with available dates then please keep checking as course are added on all the time.

UK Coaching - Safeguarding & Protecting Children 16 - 18 (Online Classroom)



COVID-19 and Teen Mental Health - Advice for Parents

For many teens, COVID-19 meant missing out on some of the biggest moments in their young lives, with school closed and social events cancelled. Months in lockdown also meant a rise in cyberbullying and body dissatisfaction as teenagers spend more time on social media. 

So I wanted to share this guide from MyTutor with useful tips and advice for parents to help their teens overcome body image issues, academic anxiety, peer pressure and cyberbullying, including links to other important teen mental health resources - all of which can be helpful in these uncertain times. 

Teen Mental Health – A Guide for Parents https://www.mytutor.co.uk/blog/teen-mental-health-a-guide-for-parents/


DBS application -  Support and Guidance for Members and Safeguarding Officers

DBS Application Process

DBS Application Flowchart

Anyone applying for a DBS check through SLSA Wales will be required to complete an

  • Confirm they are in regulated activity as below
  • Agree to be registered with the Update Service where annual status checks can be completed by the Lead Safeguarding Officer
  • Agree to attend a Safeguarding and Protecting Children course (where applicable) to be renewed every three years

All safeguarding appendices and the Child Protection Policy can be found here.


Definition of regulated activity

Types of activity - teaching, training, instructing, caring for, supervision, providing advice / guidance on wellbeing, or transport specifically for chlldren (Excludes supervised volunteers)

OR

In a limited number of specified places e.g. schools, children's homes and childcare premises. (Excludes supervised volunteers)

Regularly

  • once a week or more
  • 4 or more occasions in a period of 30 days
  • overnight between 2 - 6 am
* Such day to day supervision as is reasonable in all the circumstances for the purpose of protecting any children concerned  - sector specific  guidance on supervision

 

 

 

 

 

 

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