Safeguarding Information – Updated 1st September 2023

Our clubs are committed to good practice in which we protect children and vulnerable adults from harm. Our staff and volunteers accept and recognise their responsibility to provide an environment which promotes a safe and secure environment for all participants at all times.

As part of this process we want to ensure that some of our policies, procedures and codes of conduct are available to our members by having them online, as well as having essential contact information freely available.

Safeguarding Statement of Intent

We firmly believe that martial arts training presents a positive opportunity for all to learn martial arts and self-defence, improve their self-confidence and develop as an individual. Everyone who participates is entitled to do so in a safe, fair and professional environment.

Accordingly, the individual club and lead instructor has a moral and legal responsibility to ensure that, when given responsibility for children below the age of 18 or vulnerable adults, the highest standards of professionalism and care will always be exercised.

Our clubs are committed to the best practices which protect children and adults at risk from harm. Staff and volunteers accept this and recognise their responsibility to provide an environment which promotes their safety and protection at all times.

To achieve this, we will:

  • develop an awareness of the issues which may lead to children or vulnerable adults being harmed.
  • create an open environment, by identifying designated people for each club to whom the children can turn to if they need to talk.
  • adopt safeguarding policies and guidelines which include codes of conduct for members and all adults working with children and vulnerable adults within our clubs, including instructors, parents and volunteers.
  • have in place careful recruitment, selection and management procedures. These procedures will include regular support and supervision given to staff and volunteers.
  • ensure that complaints, grievances and disciplinary procedures are in place.
  • share information about concerns with children and parents and others who need to.
  • ensure good and safe working / playing practices.
  • be involved in the training made available through the various agencies and companies available to us.
  • uphold any changes within safeguarding polices and implement them with immediate effect.
  • have procedures relating specifically to bullying, trips away from the club and the use of photography relating to the club.

Martyn Dipper

Our lead Safeguarding / Welfare Officer is World Master Martyn Dipper
Contact Details:
Mob: 07968 242231
eMail: instructor@self-defence.org.uk

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