Swim England London

Aquatic sports in the London region


Swim England and Swim England London 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 2020-23 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 2020-23 document can be found here along with plenty of supporting resources and guidance.

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

DBS Update Service

The DBS Update Service is a Government register where, for an annual fee of £13 (or free to volunteers), you can keep your DBS check up to date online. The main benefits of the update service are:

  • It saves you time and money
  • You can take the check from role to role
  • You may only ever need one check

If you are currently subscribed to the Update Service and wish to have your DBS check added to your Swim England membership record, you will need to fill out a consent form and send it back with your DBS certificate. If you require a consent form, please email the DBS department or call them on 01509 640738.

Club verifiers – please note that they can carry out a DBS check on a current member of the Club. Please ensure that the applicant is registered on the online Membership System (OMS) first.


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 HERE for a list of upcoming valid UK Coaching workshops being delivered across London over the next couple of months. You can also search on the UK Coaching website HERE.

Swim England / 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.

Swim England advises all Club, County and Regional Welfare Officers that the Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) Training entitled Time to Listen only needs to be attended once.

There is no requirement for any Welfare Officer to repeat this training every three years unless they wish to do so.

We recommend that you update your copy of Wavepower page 48 to reflect this change.

If you have any queries please contact the Swim England Safeguarding Team on 01509 640270.

If you have already attended a Time to Listen course you no longer have to update this every three years.

We have tended to run these workshops when there is demand for them, giving plenty of opportunity for new welfare officers to gain the training they need.

We are currently finalising a programme of workshops for 2019/20, , so if you are needing to attend one of these workshops for your role as Welfare Officer then please email londonbookings@swimming.org to register your interest. See all London courses HERE.

Designated Officer (formerly LADO)

The role of the Designated Officer, or DO, (formerly known as the Local Authority Designated Officer, or LADO) is set out in the Government’s Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015) and is governed by the Authorities’ duties under section 11 of the Children Act 2004 and London Child Protection Procedures Chapter 7: Allegations against staff or volunteers who work with children.

This guidance outlines procedures for managing allegations against people who work with children who are paid, unpaid, volunteers, casual, agency or anyone self-employed.

The DO must be contacted within one working day in respect of all cases in which it is alleged that a person who works with children has:

  • behaved in a way that has harmed, or may have harmed a child
  • possibly committed a criminal offence against or related to a child
  • behaved towards a child or children in a way that indicates they may pose a risk of harm to children.

There may be up to three strands in the consideration of an allegation:

  • A police investigation of a possible criminal offence.
  • Enquiries and assessment by children’s social care about whether a child is in need of protection or in need of services.
  • Consideration by an employer of disciplinary action in respect of the individual.

The DO responsible for:

  • providing advice, information and guidance to employers and voluntary organisations around allegations and concerns regarding paid and unpaid workers
  • managing and overseeing individual cases from all partner agencies.
  • ensuring the child’s voice is heard and that they are safeguarded
  • ensuring there is a consistent, fair and thorough process for all adults working with children and young people against whom an allegation is made
  • monitoring the progress of cases to ensure they are dealt with as quickly as possible
  • recommending a referral and chairing the strategy meeting in cases where the allegation requires investigation by police and/or social care.

The DO is involved from the initial phase of the allegation through to the conclusion of the case. The DO (LADO) is available to discuss any concerns and to assist you in deciding whether you need to make a referral and/or take any immediate management action to protect a child.

Mental Health

Mental Health & Swimming

The below downloadable pdf from Swim England, provides information on Mental Health within the context of swimming

Mental Health & Swimming

Mental Health Referral

If you, or someone you know of, is experiencing mental health issues or concerns, the below document lists a number of organisations that you can turn to for support.

Mental Health Referral – Flow Chart for Swim Clubs