Our number one priority is that we want you to enjoy your swimming or water polo in safety.


As a club, we all have an important part to play in maintaining the health, safety and well being of ourselves and our fellow members. If you have any concerns about your own swimmer/s or any swimmer within the club, please contact our Welfare Team as soon as possible by completing a Raising Awareness form (below) and emailing it to us.  All contact will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Our email: welfare@midsussexmarlins.org

Raising Awareness Form – Public Version final

Raising Awareness Form – Staff Version final


Club Welfare Officers:   Josie Tollner,  Becky Coates & Lucy Rippingale

Josie Tollner
My background is within education and children’s charities and I am delighted to support Marlins as part of the Welfare Team. Our two daughters enjoy swimming with the Club and I am passionate that all our swimmers have a great experience.


Lucy Rippingale

I started at the Marlin’s Club as a Welfare Officer in early 2022. I have two children who enjoy swimming at the club and I am keen to promote a safe and happy environment for all our swimmers to enjoy their sport. My background is in Child Health within the NHS where I have worked for 23 years.



Mid Sussex Marlins aims to provide a safe environment for all its swimmers and players during all its activities.

Any individual working with children (our welfare team, teachers, coaches & volunteers) will have a current DBS in place and have completed the ‘Safeguarding and Protecting Children in Sport’ course, recognised by Swim England’s Wavepower.  In addition, the Club’s Welfare Officers have completed the ‘Time to Listen’ course run by the NSPCC’s Child Protection in Sport Unit.

The Welfare Team fully acknowledge that they are unable to deal with every eventuality and if an issue is particularly complex, the club can call upon the professional support of Swim England.



Welfare FAQs (to follow)

We operate a ‘code of conduct’ policy for all Parents, Members, Swimmers, Teachers, Coaches and Officials.    Please see below for Code of Conducts..


Code-of-Conduct-18yrs & Over

Code of Conduct for Parents and Guardians

Code of Conduct for Coaches and Teachers

Code of Conduct for board members, officials & Volunteers

We follow the Swim England Wavepower Child safeguarding policy and procedures for clubs.

Safeguarding LGBTQ+ young people in sport:-


  • Health Fact Sheets: Swim England’s Health Commission group have developed a range of fact sheets on swimming with health conditions. Please click on ‘digital library’ (within the following link, under ‘Health Fact Sheets’) to access Fact Sheets written for individual swimmers (‘Fact Sheets for Swimmers’).  https://www.swimming.org/swimengland/health-and-wellbeing/

If you think your child has any concerns but is having difficulty talking about them then pass them this leaflet.

 2017 04 ASA Child Power Leaflet





DBS Authorisation Manager & Verifier: Lorraine Moore