The Safeguarding Code in Martial Arts can be achieved by governing bodies, associations and organisations. It can also be achieved by clubs or by instructors, coaches and teachers outside of a club structure.
British Judo and British Taekwondo Council are recognised by and have received core funding from us. They've achieved the Advanced Standards for Safeguarding and so automatically gain the Safeguarding Code in Martial Arts standard – however, they’ll need to register on the site and select the appropriate category to achieve the mark.
If a club is affiliated to aikido, Chinese martial arts, judo, ju-jitsu, kendo, taekwondo and tang soo do - and has achieved Clubmark accreditation (or the equivalent for their sport) - they’ll automatically gain the code's standard. Again, they’re required to register on the site and select the appropriate category to achieve the mark.
All other organisations, associations, clubs, private companies and sole trading instructors/coaches/teachers involved in martial arts can work towards the Safeguarding Code in Martial Arts.
The Code covers five broad areas:
- Policy: Having a comprehensive safeguarding policy in place that’s been updated in the last three years
- Procedures/systems: Covering areas such as reporting concern, through to recruitment of staff and volunteers
- Practices: Covering codes of conduct for children, coaches and parents through to practical guidance on the use of social media
- Education and training: Ensuring that coaches are appropriately qualified and have undertaken safeguarding training
- Implementing and monitoring: Ensuring that policies are reviewed regularly and that risk assessments are in place.
To find out more and to register and start working towards the code, visit the Safeguarding Code in Martial Arts website.