Swim England and London Swimming remain totally committed to safeguarding and protecting not only children but also vulnerable adults, by adhering to Swim England standards which includes the use of the Wavepower 2016-19 policies and procedures publication. This document has been produced to assist in this area and all affiliated clubs and organisations must adopt it.

The full Wavepower 2016-19 document can be found here along with plenty of supporting resources and guidance.

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If you need any support or advice on how to report or manage a welfare issues then the following people can be contacted;

  • Your own club Welfare Officer
  • County Welfare Officer:
Kent - Ann Hunt
Middlesex - Maria Abrams
Surrey - Dr Jeni Colbourne
Essex - Mrs C Ellis, 78 Clarence Rd, Benfleet, Essex SS7 1DB

  • Regional Welfare Officer – 
  •  Swim England National Child Safeguarding Manager - Jenni Dearman

If you are taking on the role of Club Welfare Officer then you will need to attend or have completed valid training in the following workshops;

  • Safeguarding & Protecting Children

This workshop is designed for people that regularly work with children and young people within a club environment. Protect yourself, the young people, and the club by understanding and following good practice provided in this workshop. It will provide the learner with the tell-tale signs of abuse and give you the tools and confidence to deal with the issue effectively and sensitively, should the need ever arise.

You must be 18 years old to attend and you need to renew this every 3 years. You no longer need to attend another face-to-face workshop to renew, you can now just do an online renewal here. Anyone between the ages of 16 and 18 can attend a Safegurding course as long as they have a chaperone in attendance who is not doing the course. 

Please see below a list of upcoming valid UK Coaching workshops, delivered by various organisations, across London over the next couple of months. You can also search on the UK Coaching website here.

  • ASA/NSPCC Time to Listen

The Time to Listen programme provides the opportunity to acquire key knowledge necessary for the role and responsibilities of a CWO, to adopt a child-focused approach to safeguarding and to learn about the action/s which should be taken should any incident occur.

This workshop needs to be repeated by the learner every 3 years and is essential for swim21 accreditation. To attend this workshop the learner must have completed a recognised Safeguarding and Protecting Children Workshop within the last 3 years.

We have tended to run these workshops when there is demand for them, however we are currently in the process or planning 1 course per county per quarter, so 4 across the region in each year, giving plenty of opportunity for new welfare officers to gain the training they need.

We are currently finalising a programme of workshops for 2018, starting with the next one in January, so if you are needing to attend one of these workshops for your role as Welfare Officer then please email to register your interest. Once dates are confirmed they will be published here.