Questions to ask child welfare officer and coaches
Choosing the right club for your child is a difficult decision. As well as the general sport-related concerns you may have, there are the issues of your child’s welfare and safety.
Some questions you may wish to ask the Club Welfare Officer are:
- How do I contact you should I need to?
- Is the club Swim 21 accredited?
- Ask to see the club copy of Wavepower and specifically section six which is written for parents.
- Are there any procedures in place for dealing with concerns, complaints and disciplinary issues and do I need to approach to raise such issues?
- Are all coaches and teachers suitably qualified and experienced?
- Does the club follow the ASA guidance in Wavepower on away events?
- Does the club follow the ASA Anti-Bullying Policy?
- Does the club arrange for all appropriate coaches, teachers and volunteers involved with the supervision of children at the club to attend approved child safeguarding training.
- Are parents encouraged to watch or become involved in the club and their child’s training in an appropriate manner?
Some questions you may wish to ask the Coach or Teacher:
- What time is my child expected to train and who is their coach or teacher?
- What are the opportunities for them competing for the club and how are teams selected?
- Will I have the opportunity to discuss my child’s progress with you on a regular basis?
- What is the opportunity for my child to move up lanes as they develop their swimming skills and how are these decisions made?