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 document will be updated in 2023, but when updates or changes take place either in Swim England or through statute or governmental guidance these will be published on the website.

For the latest publication please click: Wavepower 2020-23.  The publication can be read online or can be downloaded in PDF format.

You can also view Derwentside ASC Safeguarding Policy Document

Further guidance on welfare

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:

Child Power Leaflet
Child Welfare Complaints Procedure
Good Club Guide – Welfare Officer
Protocols for Child Safeguarding Investigations
Volunteering Social Media Guide

Karen O’Halleron Hutchinson
Welfare Officer
07837 256553