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07 Sep 2009

The ASA is delighted to announce the launch of Wavepower 2009/11 - the ASA’s Child Safeguarding Policy and Procedures.

Wavepower 2009/11 provides ASA child safeguarding policies, mandatory requirements, practical information and good practice guidance in one concise publication. This document provides vital information for club officers, club members, parents and children so that everyone involved in the sport can play their part in safeguarding children and young people.

One copy of Wavepower 2009/11 will be supplied to every ASA club and county and regional welfare officer by the end of September 2009. The document is also available to download from the ASA website should your club require additional copies. The club welfare officer or officer responsible for child safeguarding at your club should be responsible for holding and maintaining the folder and ensuring that this is made available to all individuals who wish to consult it. 

Any amendments brought about by changes in policy or new safeguarding guidance will be made available on the ASA website at www.britishswimming.org. These should be printed off and added to your Wavepower 2009/11 ring binder. Clubs requiring assistance with printing please contact the ASA Legal Affairs Department for assistance.

David Sparkes, the ASA Chief Executive said: “This updated version of Wavepower provides our members and everyone in swimming with our policies and guidelines which should ensure that the needs of the child are central to everyone’s action in the pool and that children can continue to have fun learning to swim for many years to come.”

In producing the new Wavepower 2009/11 the ASA has drawn on ideas and feedback from the ASA Youth Forum, Welfare Officers, Club Officers, parents, swimmers and many others who work with children and young people in ASA clubs. We would like to take this opportunity to thank and acknowledge all of those individuals who have helped with the content.

The ASA would welcome any feedback on Wavepower 2009/11, feedback can be sent via email to signposting@swimming.org.


For more information contact the ASA Marketing Officer Esther Hope on 01509 632238, 07917 876459 or email esther.hope@swimming.org.

The ASA is the English National Governing Body for Swimming, Diving, Water Polo, Open Water, and Synchronised Swimming. It organises competition throughout England, establishes the Laws of the Sport and operates comprehensive certification and education programmes for Teachers, Coaches and Officials as well as its renowned Learn To Swim Awards scheme. The ASA supports 1,220 affiliated swimming clubs through a National/Regional/County structure. The ASA aims to ensure everybody has an opportunity to learn to swim.

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