To help clubs with child welfare Swim England have produced their Wavepower publication. This is their child safeguarding policies and procedures publication.

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 our 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 this section of the website.

Wavepower is a large document.  It is split into sections for easier access. Files are in PDF format.

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)

As well as Wavepower there are other welfare publications and resources you 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 documents in the Swim England library. You can access these below:

Child Power Leaflet

Child Welfare Complaints Procedure

Good Club Guide- Welfare Officer

Protocols for Child Safeguarding Investigations

Volunteering Social Media Guide