Welfare of OWSC Swimmers

Documents and Policies Below.

Child Welfare Policies in Swimming

Procedures and guidelines were first produced by the ASA Child Protection Working Party in conjunction with the NSPCC.

The ASA believes that the welfare of children is everyone's responsibility, particularly when it comes to protecting children from abuse. Everyone in swimming - administrator, club official, coach, parent, friend, children themselves, everyone - can help.

If these procedures are to help to protect children, everyone involved in swimming needs to apply them. Oadby & Wigston Swimming Club is committed to fully respecting and implementing the current ASA Child Safeguarding scheme called Wavepower. Our Welfare Officer can be contacted to report any suspected infringement or misconduct: owscwelfare@gmail.com .

You can find further information regarding Child Safeguarding and Wavepower on the ASA website: http://www.swimming.org/swimengland/wavepower-child-safeguarding-for-clubs/

The Club adopts the ASA Wavepower Anti-bullying policy, with any resulting disciplinary action covered by the Club's constitution (Clause 6).

Late collection of children & duty of care

Parents/Carers are advised that OWSC ‘duty of care’ only covers the duration of the child’s teaching/training session. For away galas, OWSC ‘duty of care’ ends on the return of the transport/bus/coach.Parents/Carers are advised that it is not the responsibility of OWSC volunteers/coaches and team managers to transport children home on behalf of parents/carers who have been delayed. For galas, parents MUST provide two alternative contact names or numbers for OWSC volunteers to use when they are not available on their usual number.

Failure to collect children within a reasonable period of a given time, without notifying OWSC may be considered abandonment and the relevant authorities will be informed. Appropriate action as accordingly advised will then be followed.

In the case of late collection OWSC volunteers:-


Attempt to contact the child’s parent/carer on their contact number.

Use alternative contact name/number if necessary.

If there is no reply from the emergency contact, ask the child if there is another family member who may be contacted.

Wait with the child, with other OWSC volunteers present if at all possible.

If no one is reachable, contact the local police to enquire about the best course of action.

Remind parents/carers of the policy relating to late collection.

Will Not

Take the child home or to another location.

Send the child home with another person without permission from a parent/carer.

Ask the child to wait in a vehicle or the club with them alone.

Parents Must

Provide two emergency contact numbers for OWSC use when necessary.

Make note of the contact numbers provided by OWSC.

Contact OWSC immediately, if it is known that they will be late in collecting their child/children and inform them of alternative arrangements.

Welfare Officer

If you have any concerns regarding your child/children's welfare, please contact our welfare officer. Details are on the club officials page, under the 'ABOUT' tab.

Wavepower 2016-19

This is a large document, it has been split into sections for easier access, files are in PDF Format:

    • Index Full index with page numbers
    • Contents Information and contents
    • Section 1 Introduction to Wavepower (Pages 8-17)
    • Section 2 Toolbox (Pages 18-89)
    • Section 3 Child safeguarding responsibilities (Pages 90-93)
    • Section 4 Guidance for coaches, teachers and poolside helpers (Pages 94-105)
    • Section 5 Templates, forms and checklist (Pages 106-123)

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