Safeguarding and Protecting Workshops

04 July 2014

All club personnel who are required to undertake a Barred List check and/or Enhanced DBS check within their role in a Swim England club must complete approved child safeguarding training within a reasonable time of taking up the position. Please refer to Wavepower 2016-19, section 2, for a list of personnel who require a DBS.There is a wide range of Child Safeguarding training courses that have become available in recent years, some of which provide an introduction to child safeguarding and some offer a more advanced level.

Basic Awareness Training

Basic Awareness (or introductory training) is usually designed for staff and volunteers who have infrequent contact with children and young people and it will therefore usually cover the following:

Safeguarding is everybody’s responsibility

Categories, signs and symptoms of abuse

What to do if there are concerns about a child and how to respond

How to make a safe environment for young people

Signposting for further information and support 

The Basic Awareness training can be delivered in a number of ways i.e. via a short face to face session/workshop, using e-learning or other methods such as websites, leaflets,

Within a Swim England Club individuals who are not in regular contact with children and young people (and are not required by Swim England to have attended child safeguarding training for their role within the club) may access this type of training, if they choose to do so. There are many organisations that offer such training; however the Swim England would advise NSPCC or Local Safeguarding Children’s Board (LSCB) training as this has the advantage of being quality assured.

Child Safeguarding Training for those with regular responsibility for children and young people will cover:

All the areas of a Basic Awareness/Introductory child safeguarding course

The practical implications of the issues highlighted within a sports context

Provide the legislative context of child safeguarding

Skill development around identifying, responding and reporting child safeguarding concerns

Signposting to further information

The above advanced training should initially be delivered in a face to face format and is typically circa 3 hours in duration. Face to face training ensures opportunities for full discussion around this sensitive topic and enables questions to be asked in a safe environment, facilitated by a qualified Child Safeguarding tutor.  Following the face to face training, refresher training can be taken online if the training provider has this available and only if the online training has been designed as a refresher option for the initial face-to-face training i.e. not if designed as a replacement for initial classroom training.

To ensure that courses attended are in line with Swim England requirements, Swim England follows the recommendations made by the NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU).  The preferred recommended training is ASA (Swim England) / UK Coaching (previously SCUK) Safeguarding and Protecting Children Workshop (sometimes referred to as S & PC1) – the ASA course uses swimming specific examples and refers to Wavepower throughout. 
Further details on the seminar and information on courses running in your area can be obtained from Institute of Swimming (IoS) section at

UK Coaching (previously SCUK) also run a generic Safeguarding and Protecting Children Workshop, which is usually delivered as part of County Sport Partnership’s education programme. Further information regarding the generic course can be found on the UK Coaching website

UK Coaching also now offer an online refresher course, which is suitable for individuals who have already completed the Safeguarding and Protecting Children (S & PC 1) face to face training.  Swim England accepts this training if someone has previously completed face to face training within a three year window.

Swim England also accepts Child Safeguarding training, which has been delivered (or accredited) by the following:

A Local Safeguarding Children’s Boards (LSCB) with the exception of LSCB Basic Awareness and Foundation courses


  • National Health Service training – see below

  • SAFE (Safer Activities For Everyone) CIC standard safeguarding training, which has to be completed every two years

  • Child Safeguarding training delivered by the Football Association (FA) or England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB)

    Following the guidance in the government document Working together to safeguard children (2015), child safeguarding training should be refreshed every three years, unless that particular LSCB or NHS training provider offers online training or unless stated otherwise.

    Professionals working in frontline roles

  • In addition to the above Swim England also accepts face-to-face and online Safeguarding training from professionals working in frontline roles with children and young people i.e. Teachers, Social Workers and the Emergency Services. In these instances we would ask individuals to make sure they are familiar with Wavepower and the reporting procedures and submit proof of their professional training in the form of a certificate and/or a formal letter from, for example, a Head Teacher/School confirming a staff member’s completion of appropriate training.  Please note these individuals must be working directly with children and young people on a day to day basis i.e. their Safeguarding training is therefore a crucial part of their role rather than individuals who may be working in those sectors in roles such as Administrators, Receptionists and Caretakers/Cleaners. 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.

If you are looking to renew your Safeguarding certificate (as they expire every three years) you can now renew by attending the UK Coaching online workshop which costs only £16 and lasts 1 1/2 hours. This online renewal course can be found HERE.

For your nearest generic course, please enter your postcode into the search engine on the UK Coaching website found HERE. Alternatively the region are hosting some specific courses just for our clubs;

UK Coaching Safeguarding and Protecting workshops

5th September 2018  6.45pm     Harlow      Book here

6th September 2018  6.30pm     King's Lynn      Book here

13th September 2018   7pm     Wisbech   Book here

16th September 2018 10am      Tring  Book here

22nd September 2018    9am     St Ives   Book here

23rd September 2018     9am     Ampthill    Only for Beds ASA members currently 

23rd September 2018     12.30pm    Ampthill    Only for Beds ASA members currently 

24th September 2018     6.30pm   Great Yarmouth  Book here

October 2018        Suffolk ASA

November 2018     Norfolk ASA

February 2019      Swim England Hertfordshire


 Please contact for more information about any of the above courses.

If your club has 10 or more volunteers or coaches that need this course and you cannot find a suitable course, please get in touch and we could look at supplying a course locally for you. Complete and return this workshop request form  Workshop Request Form There is a charge of £20 per non-accredited SwimMark club attendee.

The host club will need to supply a projector, a screen or a white wall, pens and paper and, if possible, refreshments. All attendees must have Swim England membership prior to the start of the workshop.

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