The Club applies and abides by Child Safeguarding & Protection policy (CSPP) set by the governing body for the sport - the British Aikido Board.
Our responsibility is to safeguard the welfare of every child and young person who has been entrusted to our care. We are committed to working to provide a safe environment for all members.
In the pursuit of good practice, in Aikido and to comply with the law, all young people under the age of 18 years are protected by the Child Protection policy.
The following principles and framework the Club ascribes to will seek to keep children and young people safe by:
- valuing them, listening to and respecting them
- taking all safeguarding concerns seriously, responding to them swiftly and appropriately as detailed in the BAB procedures which support their policy
- adopting and publicising child protection practices through procedures, information being made available and adherring to codes of conduct.
- ensuring that all reasonable steps are taken to protect children from harm, discrimination and degrading treatment
- as the Clubs offers training sessions to those 'under 18' we haved appointed a Club Welfare Officer (CWO). Our CWO has been trained inline with the framework and is supervised by the Association
- recruiting all volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made as detailed in the procedures which support the policy
- sharing information about child protection and good practice and working with children, parents, coaches, staff and volunteers
- sharing concerns and working with agencies who need to know, and involving parents and children appropriately.
On 13th January 2009 the Club adopted a position that the principles of the Child Protection policy would also be applied to vulnerable adults until the BAB developed their own guidance which it has now done in 2015 - go to VASPP.
Child Safeguarding & Protection Policy
This can be viewed/accessed from the Lancashire Aikikai website or the actual governing body's website BAB CSPP Policy. Detailed support comes from the underlying detail the BAB has worked up particularly accessed as pdf downloads from their Safeguarding Section - Policy Documents. (New browser windows will open)
The policies apply to everyone in Aikido.
We will ensure that:
- all adults who have direct or indirect “regular supervisory contact with children and young people” undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service check .
- Coaches hold up-to-date British Aikido Board coaching qualifications, and current insurance cover.
- Coaches follow a national Code of Conduct.
- Coaching qualifications are verified.
- Coaches and Volunteers have access to induction training that covers current Child Protection Policies and Procedures.
- Where the conduct of a coach or volunteer falls below the standards we have set we will take the disciplinary action necessary to protect children
The Club and Aikikai will fully support and protect any member who in good faith reports concerns that another member is, or may be abusing a child.
If you are a child or young person the Governing Body has a lot of information on its site to help you.
If you are under 10 - Click here
If you are 10 to 18 - Click here
Contacts for concerns:
Our Club Welfare Officer in the first instance - Algy Cole.
on safeguarding and protection issues
Association - Child Protection Officer Ray Munns - Click here
ChildLine 0800 1111
Kidscape 0207 303 300
NSPCC 0808 800 5000
Photography / Videoing of those under 18 is not generally permitted except by the Club inline the British Aikido Board's policy.
Electronic Communication: Club members will not use Social Media, messaging, phones or email to communicate with Children who are or have been members of the Club. Further guidance is given by in the British Aikido Board's policy.
Remember we all have responsibility to report concerns.
- If you have a concern over a child under 18 years - then report your concerns
- If you are a student - speak to the class instructor or the Club Welfare Officer
- If you are a instructor - speak to the Club Welfare Officer or Club Leader.
- If the child is at immediate risk - follow the Incident protocols of the British Aikido Board set out on our Association's website