Camber Sands, the Thames and Manchester canals all discussed at RoSPA conference


The findings and recommendations of a Maritime and Coastguard Agency-commissioned review following the spate of tragic drowning deaths at Camber Sands, will be presented at the RoSPA National Water Safety Conference.
The conference in London on Monday, November 18, will hear from Dominic Watkins, a partner at DWF Law LLP, who led an independent review of the legal framework around who bears responsibility for ensuring water safety on our coastlines.
This presentation will be preceded by a welcome address from George Rawlinson, the independent chairman of the National Water Safety Forum.
David Walker, RoSPA’s leisure safety manager, said: “The review conducted by Dominic Watkins is likely to have a very significant and wide-ranging impact on the management of safety on the UK’s beaches and around the rest of our coastline.
“It’s vital that water safety professionals, land owners and site managers for coastline locations are aware of this review and its findings, as it will influence their work in the future and help avoid tragic accidents.”
Attendees at the conference will also hear about the Tidal Thames Water Safety Forum’s strategy, which was launched earlier this year by HRH Prince William, and its #SaferThames campaign, and about the work currently taking place in Manchester following a number of incidents in the city centre – including challenging the myths around “The Pusher”.
Other speakers include: Brian Johnson, CEO of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), who will present on the changes he has made to the structure of the MCA and in support of drowning prevention following the recent publication of the Managing Beach Safety guidance; Justin Scar, CEO of Royal Lifesaving Society Australia, giving the Australian and WHO strategy perspectives; and Dr Peter Aitken, director of research and development at the Devon Partnership NHS Trust, about what steps communities and organisations can take to prevent water-related suicide.
The conference takes place on Monday, November 18 at Glaziers Hall, London Bridge, and starts at 9.15am. To reserve your place, see Discounts are available for RoSPA members; for more about joining RoSPA, see

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