To help clubs with child welfare Swim England have produced their Wavepower publication. This is their child safeguarding policies and procedures publication.
Wavepower must be adopted by all Swim England affiliated clubs and organisations, and has been adopted by Derwentside Amateur Swimming Club.
Ensuring child safety should be a key part of how clubs operate. It helps to provide a safe, happy and fun environment where children can learn to swim and develop their skills.
The responsibility to safeguard children does not belong to any one person. Instead it belongs to everyone who plays a part in delivering sporting activities.
Wavepower is intended for anyone involved in these activities and offers practical guidance and information on mandatory requirements and good practice.
This publication will be fully updated in 2020, but if any new guidance or policy changes are released prior to this, then pages will be updated or added to the Swim England website. For the latest information please click here.
Wavepower is a large document. It is split it into sections for easier access. Files are in PDF format.
Index Full index with page numbers
Contents Information and contents
Section 1 Introduction to Wavepower (Pages 8-17)
Section 2 Toolbox (Pages 18-89)
Section 3 Child safeguarding responsibilities (Pages 90-93)
Section 4 Guidance for coaches, teachers and poolside helpers (Pages 94-105)
Section 5 Templates, forms and checklist (Pages 106-123)
Derwentside ASC Safeguarding Policy Document
As well as Wavepower there are other welfare publications and resources clubs may find useful.
NSPCC and CPSU Guidance:
For advice on use of photographing children in sport, head to the CPSU Photography Guidance section here.
For guidance on ensuring your sporting event is safe, download the CPSU’s Safe Sport Events, Activities, and Competitions document (PDF) here.
There are also a range of other safeguarding resource documents in the Swim England library:
Karen O’Halleron Hutchinson