in Martial Arts
We can finally announce with pride, that we have successfully gained the new Sport England Safeguarding Code in Martial Arts"mark".
We were amongst the first set of schools in the TAGB and the BTC to successfully gain this mark.
About The Safeguarding Code:
The Safeguarding Code in Martial Arts recognises clubs and providers in England who have demonstrated that they have reached and maintained good safeguarding standards. Governing bodies, associations, organisations, franchisers and activity deliverers can work towards attaining recognition along with clubs and individual instructors, coaches and teachers outside of a club structure.
The scheme empowers parents/carers and educational establishments to make informed decisions when selecting a club or provider for their child/children, young people or adults in their care.
The Safeguarding Code has been developed through close consultation between Sport England, representatives from martial arts governing bodies and those with years of expertise in safeguarding. Support was also provided by the Child Protection in Sport Unit, the Ann Craft Trust and NWG Network.
It is funded by the National Lottery and was launched by the Sports Minister in early 2018.
The club is committed to good practice which protect children from harm. Staff and volunteers accept and recognise their responsibility to provide an environment which promotes the safety and protection of the child at all times.
To achieve this:
· The club and all staff will develop an awareness of the issues which may lead to children being harmed.
· The club and all staff will create an open environment by identifying a designated person to whom the children can turn to if they need to talk.
· The club and all staff will adopt child centred and democratic coaching styles.
· The club and all staff will adopt the BTC/T.A.G.B./NGB safeguarding policies and guidelines which include codes of conduct for members and all adults working with children at the club, including instructors, parents and volunteers.
· The club and all staff will have in place careful recruitment, selection and management procedures. These procedures will include regular support and supervision given to staff and volunteers.
· The club and all staff will ensure that complaints, grievances and disciplinary procedures are in place.
· The club and all staff will share information about concerns with children and parents and others who need to know.
· The club and all staff will provide information as required to the management committee
· The club and all staff will ensure good and safe working/playing practices
· The club and all staff will be involved in the training made available through the various agencies and strengthen our links with these agencies
· The club and all staff will uphold any changes within the BTC/T.A.G.B./NBG safeguarding polices and implement them with immediate effect
· The club and all staff will have procedures relating specifically to bullying, trips away from the club, transport within the realms of the club and the use of photography relating to the club.
Our Lead Safeguarding Officer is:
Master Andrew Tombling
7th Degree Black Belt
The policy will be reviewed a year after development and then every three years, or in the following circumstances:
· Changes in legislation and/or government guidance
· As required by the Local Safeguarding Children Board, UK Sport and/or Home Country Sports Councils T.A.G.B. and B.T.C.
· As a result of any other significant change or event.
Codes of Conduct for Instructors, Officials and Volunteers
The club is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the well-being of all its members.
We believe that it is important that members, coaches, administrators and parents associated with the club should at all times show respect for each other, be encouraged to be open at all times and to share any concerns or complaints that they may have about any aspect of the club and the designated club officers.
Developing, promoting and adopting a code of practice for club members with specific tasks help to identify standard of acceptable behaviour. A code also helps to establish a good tone for practice and ensures that people in a position of responsibility are aware of what is expected of them.
All club members who work with and support young people should adopt the code of conduct. The code should address potential issues and set standards in respect of the relationship between adults and young people in the club.
Code of Conduct for Instructors
· All instructors must treat everyone fairly and sensitively at all times regardless of their gender, ethnic origin, cultural background, sexual orientation, religion or political affiliation.
· Accept the special role that they have to play in the establishment of standards by setting a good example of behaviour and conduct at all times.
· Not to attempt to manipulate the rules in order to benefit themselves or their club in any way what so ever.
· To encourage all players and instructors to abide by the rules, regulations and the spirit of the activity.
· To avoid the use of foul, sexist or racist language at all time.
· To use their official position to take action against others who harass, abuse or use foul, sexist or racist language towards participants, instructor, officials and volunteers.
· To ensure that proper supervision is provided by suitably qualified instructors and officials who are capable of promoting good sporting behaviour and good technical skills.
· To ensure that all equipment and facilities meet safety standards at all times.
· To respect the rights of other clubs and their members
· To show respect to players, instructors, officials and other volunteers involved in the activity at all times.
· Never to endeavour to influence the result of an activity or competition by any actions that are not strictly within the rules.
· To remember that the activity is enjoyed for its own sake, and to play down the importance of awards.
· To always have regard to the best interests of the art, including where publicly expressing an opinion of the art and or any particular aspect of it including others involved in it.
· To resist all illegal or unsporting influences, including banned substances and techniques at all times.
· To promote ethical principles and policies at all times.
Code of Conduct for Officials
· All Officials must treat everyone fairly and sensitively at all times regardless of their gender, ethnic origin, cultural background, sexual orientation, religion or political affiliation.
· To aim to be consistent, objective, impartial and courteous when applying the rules of the event.
· To compliment all competitors on good play when opportunity arises.
· To openly encourage all participants to play within the rules and the spirit of the event or competition.
· To try to ensure that the event or competition is allowed to flow with only the minimum amount of stoppages as is necessary.
· To show patience and understanding towards students who may be learning how to take part in events or competitions.
· Not be afraid to make decisions. An official should be firm and fair at all times and must resist any possible influence from protests made by or for the students, teams, or team officials or spectators.
· To show respect at all times towards students and team officials.
· To be honest and completely impartial at all times, irrespective of students or team officials involved in the event or competition.
· To inform the person directly responsible if they are unable to officiate for any reason.
· To reframe from asking for or requesting hospitality of any kind, or to accept any hospitality offered to them and that could be considered as excessive in any way.
· To always have regard to the best interests of the event or competition, this includes where publicly expressing an opinion on the event or competition or any particular aspect of it including any persons or officials that may have been involved.
· Not to tolerate foul, sexist or racist language from students, officials or any spectators.
· To respect the power that hold as an official, and use their power with good judgement and care and to always respect others when enforcing any authority.
· To always hold the safety of the participants as the primary goal.
· To always show due respect when speaking with participants, even in the event of infringements.
· In the event of an official needing to make a report of an incident, they should only provide the facts and not attempt to justify any decisions that were made.
· Where it is necessary for an official’s authority to be protected, not only for the sake of the event or competition but also in the best interest of fellow officials, this should be done, however at no point should this in any way influence the overriding regard for the protection of the participants.
· An official should refrain from publicly expressing any criticism of a fellow official.
· An official should always assist with the development of less experienced officials and assistant officials.
Code of Conduct for Volunteers
· All volunteers should observe the points below and remember that their behaviour reflects upon the good name of the club.
· Always consider the wellbeing and safety of participants before development of the performance.
· To strive to create and maintain an appropriate working relationship with the participants, this should be based on mutual trust and respect.
· To make sure that all activities are appropriate to the age, ability and experience of those taking part.
· To promote the positive aspects of the sport, and remind all participants that fair play is of the upmost importance.
· To display consistently high standards of behaviour and appearance.
· To follow all guidelines laid down by the national governing body, the T.A.G.B. and the club.
· To hold appropriate valid qualifications and insurance cover where required.
· To never apply undue influence on a member of the club to obtain personal benefit or reward.
· To never condone rule violations, rough play or the use of prohibited substances at any time.
· To openly encourage participants to value their performance and not just the results.
· To encourage and guide the participants to accept responsibility for their own performance and behaviour.
If you have any queries about our Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy, please contact our Child Safeguarding Officer