Since lockdown started and the use of online platforms such as Zoom has increased, Swim England have issued advice and guidance to clubs and members on good practice.
The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) has also issued another warning around serious safeguarding risks as a result of a growing trend on these platforms.
The charity has said a worrying pattern is emerging as public meetings via online platforms are being targeted by criminals sharing illegal and disturbing material, with police investigating a number of reports.
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.”
Swim England have also published guidance around virtual teaching and coaching as well as additional guidance on using Zoom. Swim England strongly advise clubs and members adhere to this when hosting club related activities online.
Any adult concerned about the welfare of a child or young person can call the Swim England Child Safeguarding Team on 01509 640252 or via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively, you can call the NSPCC helpline for free and confidential advice on 0808 800 5000 or email email@example.com. A dedicated O2/NSPCC online safety helpline is available on 0808 800 5002.
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.
PLEASE NOTE: The club are using the Swim England Guidelines when using zoom to host meetings and the club dry land work which has qualified personnel taking the sessions. Only invitees are given the login and password and all sessions are “locked” when attendees have joined the session.