Welfare and safeguarding

Wavepower – the ASA child safeguarding policy and procedures

At the beginning of 2024, an updated version of Wavepower was published.

The key changes introduced in 2024 are:

Adult safeguarding

Currently, Wavepower is the Swim England safeguarding policy and procedures document for child safeguarding and did not cover the important, and developing, area of adult safeguarding. For the first time, Wavepower will include an adult safeguarding policy as well as directions on reporting concerns at adults at risk of harm.

Safeguarding changing rooms

Wavepower’s changing room policy prohibits taking photographs with a camera or mobile device in changing areas. This will change in the updated version of Wavepower to prohibit all use of a mobile phone or device in a changing area during Swim England regulated activity.

Approved training

From 2024, anyone who holds a role which Wavepower states requires safeguarding training will need to complete the Swim England Safeguarding course. This is a bespoke course which covers the important and unique aspects of safeguarding in an aquatic environment.

Safer recruitment

Wavepower’s update will clarify Swim England’s position on safer recruitment of paid roles in regulated activity, and it will be mandatory to follow the full safer recruitment actions contained in this policy.

If you have any concerns:

Police Child Protection Investigation Team

Swimline ASA/NSPCC Child Protection Helpline 0808 100 4001

Guidance on club supervision ratios

Applicable from 1st September 2023

Sussex Welfare & Safeguarding Officer

Contact  Chris Hobbs Tel: 01323 653183

Swimwear guidance

The Swim England Swimming Management Group were asked to consider a relaxation of Regulation 411, for individuals who as a result of either their religious beliefs or a pre-existing medical condition would like to wear a swimsuit which would otherwise be considered “Illegal” at a competitive swimming event.

Download the Swimwear Guidance document.