To help clubs with child welfare Swim England have produced their Wavepower publication. This is their child safeguarding policies and procedures publication.
The aim of Wavepower is to safeguard all children in line with current legislation, regulations and guidance and is for use within any Swim England affiliated organisation where children are present.
Wavepower consistently emphasises that the responsibility for child safeguarding in our sport belongs with all those involved in our sports and is not the sole responsibility of any one person at local, county or national level.
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.
Wavepower is a large document so we have split into sections for easier access. Files are in PDF format.
Section 1 Introduction
Section 2.1 Abuse, Duty of Care & Reporting Process
Section 2.2 Training & Recruitment
Section 2.3 Codes of Conduct
Section 2.4 Policies, Procedures & Guidance
Section 3 Guidance for Coaches, Teachers & Poolside Helpers
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: