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Key training course made available online for first time after 'excellent feedback'

Hundreds of welfare officers at Swim England’s affiliated clubs can now access a key training course online.

The Child Protection in Sport Unit’s Time to Listen training usually involved attending a workshop.

However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the training is being offered online for the first time.

Club welfare officers, who have attended a recognised Safeguarding and Protecting Children Workshop within the previous three years, can now register their interest in attending a course in the Swim England region they live.

Claire Coleman, Swim England Head of Volunteering and Pathways, said the course had received excellent feedback and would help make our sports even safer.

She added: “Since the lockdown started, we have been unable to deliver this vital training to support our clubs.

“Following a review by the Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU), we are pleased to announce that this course is now available online.

“This is another key development in our delivery of training online to support our clubs and volunteers and will also help them meet the requirement of Stronger Affiliation and SwimMark.”

Supports our drive towards safe sport

Each region will host its own Time to Listen delivery programme with all courses being centrally registered with the Swim England Volunteering team.

Delivered by experienced Safeguarding Tutors, the course is aquatics specific and delivered through Zoom.

It includes significant reference to Wave power 2020–2023 and ensures welfare officers have a good grounding in the key responsibilities of the role.

Claire added: “This essential course is now more accessible and supports our drive towards safe sport.

“Early feedback has rated the delivery and content of the course as outstanding and delivery supported by knowledgeable tutors who are well versed in aquatics.

“We look forward to working with clubs and regions to deliver to the needs of the community.”

The Swim England regions will deliver the Time to Training courses and club welfare officers should contact their respective region to find out more.

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