Worcestershire Martial Arts makes a positive contribution to a strong and safe community and recognises the right of every individual to stay safe. We firmly believe that martial arts training presents a positive opportunity for all to learn self defence, improve self confidence and develop as an individual. Every participant is entitled to do so in a safe and properly regulated environment. Accordingly, everyone involved in the delivery of martial arts has a moral and legal responsibility to ensure that, when given responsibility for young persons or adults at risk, the highest standards of professionalism and care are exercised at all times.
Our safeguarding lead and welfare officer is Sally Gleaves
Worcestershire Martial Arts Safeguarding Information
The welfare of children and vulnerable adults is paramount
All children and vulnerable adults, regardless of age, culture, ability, gender, language, racial original, religious belief, sexual identify and/or discipline being practiced should be able to participate in martial arts, boxing, combat and/or self defence in a fun, safe environment.
All WMA members must take all reasonable steps to protect vulnerable groups and persons from harm, discrimination, degrading treatment. Furthermore, they must treat them with respect, dignity and care at all times
Any suspicions or allegations of poor practice and/or abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately, with proper records being kept
All WMA instructors are designated that responsibility based upon suitability and on the condition that he/she will meet the requirements set by the association in regard to safeguarding and best practice i.e. all instructors will hold safeguarding training, first aid qualifications and a DBS. He/She will also be made aware of the association’s guidelines on safeguarding and will be aware of the schools local procedure in relation to this matter also.
All instructors of all levels are required to work to maintain a positive, open, transparent and professional relationship with the parents and / or guardians of any students, to promote a culture of good standard and community welfare throughout
The uptake of and refresher of suitable safeguarding qualifications is essential for all persons coming into unsupervised contact with vulnerable groups, our instructors qualfications will be maintained while the are teaching for us.
Statement of Intent
A child/young person is defined as a person under the age of 18 (Children’s Act 1989)
Whilst the ultimate responsibility for safeguarding at school level rests with the schools lead instructor / safeguarding leads, safeguarding is not specific to just coaches. Volunteers, staff and other adults within the club should be aware of their safeguarding obligations without question
Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility, and it’s a matter that must be addressed with the gravity and seriousness it deserves
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Safeguarding Code in Martial Arts
In 2019 Worcestershire Martial Arts earned the Safeguarding Code in Martial Arts Mark - showing that our instructors are competent in safeguarding our students. The Safeguarding Code in Martial Arts is an annual requirement and recognises clubs or providers in England who have reached and maintain excellent safeguarding standards. .