At Bristol North & Bristol South TaeKwon-Do we take the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults very seriously. All our instructors have had safeguarding training. Should you have any concerns you can speak to any of our instructors in confidence.
We are very proud to have been awarded the ‘Safeguarding in Martial Arts Mark’: The Safeguarding Code in Martial Arts recognises clubs and providers in England who have 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.
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 available online, as well as having essential contact information freely available.
Our lead Safeguarding / Welfare Officer is Russ Martin.
Should we need to escalate a case, we will contact our national governing body (the International TaeKwon-Do Council/TaeKwon-Do Council of the United Kingdom). Their Safeguarding / Welfare Officers information can be found at www.international-taekwondo-council.com/about-us/council/#safeguarding These are also the people you can contact outside of our clubs should you have any concerns.
On that site you can also see or download a copy of their safeguarding policy: https://www.international-taekwondo-council.com/downloads/itc-safeguarding-policy.pdf
As part of our commitment, the following documents and policies are available to download:
Guidelines for dealing with an accident/incident
Child Protection Policy
Sports Equity Policy
Codes of Conduct for Parents/Carers
Code of Conduct for Students
Code of Conduct for Spectators
Code of Conduct for Instructors
Code of Conduct for Officials
Code of Conduct for Volunteers
Should you wish to know more about the Safeguarding in Martial Arts Mark please follow this link to find out more.