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Welfare

The role of our swimming club welfare officer is essential as they provide a first point of contact for children, parents and adults within the club who have a safeguarding or welfare concern. Any immediate concerns for a member’s safety or welfare, should be flagged to a nearby member of Livewire staff at training sessions or Warriors volunteers when on poolside at competitions so that it can be dealt with immediately.

Should you have a concern or worry about any member of the club whether it concerns child/adult welfare, poor practice, potential or alleged abuse then you MUST contact the clubs welfare officer and report your concern. Confidentiality is maintained and information is only shared on a ‘need to know’ basis.

 

Please email welfare@swimwarriors.org.uk

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Sam Warburton

Welfare Officer

I have been the Warriors Welfare Officer since early 2019. My background is education, having worked in various roles in high schools across the North West for 28 years, with a safeguarding role for the last 15. My son has been a Warriors swimmer for 9 years and I volunteered for this role to support the club he has had so much support and benefit from. 

 

The role of the Welfare Officer is to provide a first point of contact if there is a child safeguarding or welfare concern. I also process requests for DBS checks, necessary for any volunteers whose role will mean they come into close contact with children. I can be contacted at welfare@swimwarriors.org.uk if you either have a concern or require a club DBS check. 

 

The Welfare Officer is appointed by the committee after each AGM, rather than being elected at the AGM. I report to the committee and attend meetings but am not a committee member. 

 

At Warrington Warriors, because our squads are run by LiveWire, we have a close working relationship with the LiveWire Management and Safeguarding team. If concerns raised with me relate to training sessions they are referred on to the LiveWire team and we work together to resolve the situation.

The club follows the Swim England Wavepower recommendations for child safeguarding and protection. 

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