Club Welfare

Wavepower 2012/15 – Guidance to Club members
Wavepower 2012/15 is the new Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) Safeguarding Policy and Procedures manual and replaces all previous ASA Child Safeguarding Policies and Procedures documents.
The theme of Wavepower 2012/15 is to safeguard children in line with current child safeguarding legislation and guidance. It consistently highlights throughout the document that the responsibility for child safeguarding in our clubs and related activities lies with all those involved in the sport and is not the sole responsibility of any one person at club, county or national level.
The format of the manual is aimed at providing significantly more information in one document to the club officers, club members and members parents and is subdivided into specific sections to make using it straightforward and concise. The ASA will be constantly updating the manual as and when required and we always welcome feedback  from users.
The Club Welfare Officer will be the person most likely to use the guidance in Wavepower 2012/15 and it is they who will be responsible for holding and maintaining the manual as and when required. They will be expected to make the manual available to all persons in the club who request to consult it and pass it on to the new Welfare Officer should they resign their position.
The Club Welfare Officer, acting for the club, will find the manual will help them guide the club committee to plan, prioritise and implement the various safeguarding activities that are necessary to protect children within swimming. Wavepower 2012/15 also has a separate section for coaches / teachers, children and young people and parents.
The aim of such a comprehensive manual is to enable everyone in swimming to play their part in safeguarding children. It offers practical guidance for those who are directly involved in swimming with children, providing awareness of both mandatory requirements and good practice guidance.
Wavepower 2012/15 is also relevant to our county and regional structure and a copy will be made available to all County and Regional Welfare Officers.
This document will be fully updated in 2016, but when significant changes take place either in ASA policy and guidance or through statute or governmental guidance, the Welfare Officer will be sent additional or replacement pages to keep the manual as up to date as possible.
Finally all clubs should adopt and implement the guidance manual, which replaces all prior child safeguarding / protection and welfare policy documents of the ASA.

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