Jane and Zlatan Swim School’s main priority is to ensure all children and vulnerable adults aren’t at risk from harm when attending their sessions. This policy sets out: JAZ expectations of staff, what procedures and supporting policies there are, who to contact and who is responsible for safeguarding.

Safeguarding is defined as protecting children and vulnerable adults from harm.

JAZ swim school has the responsibility to:


Indications that a child or vulnerable adult is being abused:

It must be acknowledged that the above list is not exhaustive and the presence of one or more of the indicators is not proof that abuse is actually taking place. Therefore, it is not the responsibility of those working for JaZ Swim School to decide that child abuse is occurring, but it is their responsibility to act upon any concerns.

Forms of Abuse,

Physical Abuse:

Where adults or young individuals, physically hurt or injure children/adults by causing harm in a physical way such as, hitting, squeezing biting, or supplying children with any prohibited substances (drugs/alcohol).


Girls and boys are abused by adults, both male and female and by other young people who use children to meet their own sexual needs.

Emotional abuse:

Persistent lack of love and affection, where a child may be constantly shouted at, threatened, or taunted leading to the child becoming very nervous and withdrawn, this form of abuse can also be shown in when there is constant over protection which prevents a child from socialising.


This is when an adult fails to meet a child’s basic needs, such as food or warm clothing. Children might also be regularly left alone or unsupervised.


Although bullying is not a specific form of abuse, JaZ Swim School recognises that having a number of children in a group can have a negative impact if one of these children acts irresponsibly. Bullying can not only be physical, sexual, or neglectful, but it can also be emotionally damaging.

If a child or vulnerable adult discloses any indication that they are being abused or harmed. A member of staff should:

Responding to suspicions or allegations of abuse:

It is not the responsibility of JaZ Swim School or their employees to decided whether or not child abuse is taking place. However, JaZ Swim School and all employees have the responsibility to report concerns so that appropriate agencies can then make inquiries and take necessary action to protect the child.

What to do if you have concerns:

If you are not sure what to do, you can call the NSPCC’s child protection helpline.

Recording information:

Information that is passed to the social services department or the police must be as factual and detailed as possible, no opinions should be included unless absolutely necessary for example, in your opinion is that the child’s behaviour or actions have changed since teaching began.

Make it clear on what is fact, opinion, and hearsay

Allegations of abuse or harm against an employee of JaZ Swim School:

Abuse can and does occur outside the family setting. JaZ Swim School ensures that all their employees have an up-to-date, Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate. However, if an allegation is made against an employee, JaZ Swim School will respond in a rapid manner.

The appropriate parties will be spoken to, and all information will be collected and recorded, one of three investigations may happen.

The results of the police and social services investigation may well influence the disciplinary investigation, but not necessarily.


All people have a right to be safe and to be treated with dignity and respect.

JaZ Swim School have a set of policies in place which help safeguard, both children, vulnerable adults, staff, and the company concerned.


Policy and procedures:

To help prevent the abuse of children and vulnerable adults, JaZ Swim School have policies in place to ensure that children and vulnerable adults are protected and kept safe from harm. Every employee of JaZ Swim School will be given policy documents to read and sign and will be given numbers for who to call if there are concerns about abuse.


JaZ Swim School will ensure that all staff are updated with current and new legislation, this will be conducted by having yearly training days, and online courses. There is also the option to request additional support from the company if a member of staff would like more information. All staff will be monitored and given feedback, on what can be improved.

Complaints procedure:

JaZ Swim School will ensure that there is a complaints procedure in operation, that all customers of JaZ Swim School will have the relevant information and will have easy access to this procedure. (Please see complaints procedure policy)

Good practice:

Staff can ensure that they are protected and so are children they are working with by taking steps:

Who to contact:

Leila Ljubuncic- Operations Manager (Designated Safeguard Lead)

National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) child protection helpline (24/7 service):

Victims of abuse can seek support from the National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC):

Policy creation date: 15/12/2020

Policy review date: 22/11/2024