Safeguarding & Welfare

Swim England East MIdlands take’s the welfare of all its members seriously.

The welfare of young and vulnerable swimmers is particularly important and we follow the recommendations included in Wavepower, Swim England’s Child Safeguarding Policy and Procedures manual.

The theme of Wavepower 2020/23 is to safeguard children and young people in line with current legislation and guidance.  The responsibility to safeguard children in our clubs and related activities lies will all those involved in the sport and is not the sole responsibility of any one person at club, county or national level.

If you need any support or advice on how to manage a welfare issue please contact your County Welfare Officer.  

Useful information

Contact the Regional Welfare Officer.

Joanne Garey, National Safeguarding Officer
Tel: 01509 640 252

Jenni Dearman, National Child Safeguarding Manager
Tel: 01509 640 274

Who is the course designed for?

Anyone working with children both in a swimming teaching and coaching environment, including roles such as  club welfare officers and team managers.

All safeguarding courses can be booked via the IoS website 

Course content

Swim England’s Safeguarding CPD is bespoke and reflects the needs of a pool environment. The course will help you to understand:

  • What child safeguarding and child protection means
  • Key government legislation in relation to safeguarding and protecting children
  • Swim England’s safeguarding policies and procedures
  • The types, signs and symptoms of child abuse
  • How to respond to possible signs of child abuse and take appropriate action if concerns arise.

This module has been tailored to aquatics with reference to Wavepower throughout and with aquatic scenarios to aid learning. TTL is designed as “one off” training for individuals who have already attended approved training as listed above.

A grace period of 1 year will be given to clubs whose Welfare Officer is initially unable to access a Time to Listen course.  The club can still obtain SwimMark accreditation, however the designated Welfare Officer must attend the course before the date of the clubs SwimMark Essential Health Check – we will require a statement from the club adhering to this if no certificate is available to upload as evidence.

Swim England has linked up with the NSPCC and is accredited to deliver the Time to Listen module, which is aimed at Club Welfare Officers. 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. You must have completed a Safeguarding & Protecting Children workshop to attend the workshop. You must be 18+ to attend.

The Swim England Time to Listen course is run for Welfare Officers at no cost to candidates, however, there is a cost to the region. Unfortunately, we have recently had a number of last minute cancellations or no-shows, and despite having a large reserves list, the lack of notice has meant places could not be filled. Due to this we have implemented a new Booking Policy that outlines how our bookings work, our cancellation policy and our non-attendance policy. 

This workshop is designed to further support experienced or new Club Welfare Officers in dealing with club issues surrounding the welfare of children in given situations. The workshop will build on knowledge already gained through attendance on both the Safeguarding and Protecting Children and Time to Listen workshops. The workshop will include interactive breakout rooms and the chance to share good practice and ask questions.

The workshop will last no more than 2 hours and will be delivered online via Zoom. The two courses have been detailed lower down the page. 

Swim England has launched the Child Safeguarding Online Basic Awareness course in conjunction with the Institute of Swimming as part of its ongoing commitment to create a safe environment for youngsters. Please note this course is not a substitute of the Swim England Safeguarding course.

It gives athletes, parents, coaches, teachers, volunteers, committee members and technical officials an opportunity to develop their knowledge of safeguarding – and how to respond to any concerns.

The resource also gives young volunteers who are under 18 the chance to develop their awareness of child safeguarding as they start out on their volunteering journey.

Theses workshops will raise your awareness of signs of abuse, and give you the tools and confidence you need to deal with any issues sensitively, appropriately and effectively should the need ever arise.

All those regularly in contact with children, young people, and vulnerable adults must attend this course every three years.

Approved workshops

  • Swim England / UK Coaching course.
  • A Local Safeguarding Children’s Boards (LSCB) child safeguarding course for those in regular contact with children i.e. certification to show an LSCB logo.
  • National Health Service (NHS) accredited child safeguarding course for those in regular contact with children.
  • SAFE (Safer Activities For Everyone) CIC standard safeguarding training, which has to be completed every two years.
  • Child Safeguarding training delivered by the Football Association (FA).
  • Child Safeguarding training delivered by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).

Find a course

Swim England Safeguarding courses can be booked via the IoS

Time to Listen courses 

1st December 2022 – Currently full 

7th January 2023 – Currently full 

22nd February 2023 – Details and Booking 

25th April 2023 – Details and Booking