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Safeguarding/Child Protection Policy Statement
Definition of terms used in this policy:
Tora Kodo Karate Kai & Tora Karate Academy maybe referred to as “Tora”
Tora acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice and English Karate Federation requirements.
The policy recognises that the welfare and interests of children are paramount in all circumstances. It aims to ensure that regardless of age, ability or disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation, socio-economic background, all children
- have a positive and enjoyable experience of sport at Tora in a safe and child centred environment
- are protected from abuse whilst participating in Tora or outside of the activity.
TORA acknowledges that some children, including disabled children and young people or those from ethnic minority communities, can be particularly vulnerable to abuse and we accept the responsibility to take reasonable and appropriate steps to ensure their welfare.
As part of our safeguarding policy Tora will
- promote and prioritise the safety and wellbeing of children and young people
- ensure everyone understands their roles and responsibilities in respect of safeguarding and is provided with appropriate learning opportunities to recognise, identify and respond to signs of abuse, neglect and other safeguarding concerns relating to children and young people
- ensure appropriate action is taken in the event of incidents/concerns of abuse and support provided to the individual/s who raise or disclose the concern
- ensure that confidential, detailed and accurate records of all safeguarding concerns are maintained and securely stored
- prevent the employment/deployment of unsuitable individuals
- ensure robust safeguarding arrangements and procedures are in operation.
The policy and procedures will be widely promoted and are mandatory for everyone involved in Tora. Failure to comply with the policy and procedures will be addressed without delay and may ultimately result in dismissal/exclusion from the organisation.
The policy will be reviewed a year after development and then every three years, or in the following circumstances:
- changes in legislation and/or government guidance
- as required by the Local Safeguarding Children Board, UK Sport and/or Home Country Sports Councils and English Karate Federation
- as a result of any other significant change or event.
Safeguarding Adults – club/ affiliated organisation policy and procedures
We all have a responsibility to safeguard adults who are experiencing, or are at risk of, abuse and neglect.
This policy and procedures outlines what adult safeguarding is and what to do if you have a concern. The safeguarding children and young people policy, for those under the age of 18, is covered in a separate document [insert link or name the document].
This organisation is committed to creating and maintaining a safe and positive environment for all people involved in the sport/activity. It accepts its responsibility to assist in the welfare of all people and to safeguard them from poor practice, abuse and bullying.
All individuals within the organisation - players/members/volunteers/coaches/support staff - have a role and responsibility to help ensure the safety and welfare of adults.
This organisation accepts that we are required to fulfil our duty of care, which means that we must do everything that can be reasonably expected of us to help safeguard and protect people from harm, and to act when we suspect that someone is being harmed, or is at risk of harm.
[If appropriate] – The organisation also adopts the full policy from the [insert details of NGB or CSP] – details to be found here [insert link]
What is adult safeguarding?
The official definition of “Adult safeguarding” is working with adults with care and support needs to keep them safe from abuse or neglect. It is an important part of what many public services do, and a key responsibility of local authorities (Care Act 2014).
The safeguarding duties apply to an adult who:
- has needs for care and support (whether or not the local authority is meeting any of those needs)
- is experiencing, or is at risk of, abuse or neglect
- is unable to protect themselves from either the risk of, or the experience of, abuse or neglect, as a result of those care and support needs
Adults who fulfil this criteria are ‘adults at risk’.
People can have a need for care and support for a variety of reasons – for example they may have a learning disability, a physical disability, a chronic health condition or have a mental health issue. Such conditions may bring with them additional vulnerabilities, however having care and support needs does not mean that people are automatically adults at risk and need safeguarding.
Safeguarding adults is underpinned by:
- The Care Act 2014
- Mental Capacity Act (MCA) 2005
Types of abuse suffered by adults identified in the Care Act 2014 are:
- Financial and material
- Neglect and act of omission
- Modern Day Slavery
- Domestic Violence
- Self Neglect – including hoarding
Other types of harm that adults may experience include:
- Cyber Bullying
- Forced Marriage
- Female Genital Mutilation
- Mate Crime
Safe recruitment and safeguarding training
We want to make sure that all of our volunteers and staff have the right skills and qualities to create a safe environment. All staff and volunteers will be subject to safe recruitment procedures and will also be updated with any relevant legislation, policies and procedural changes. Appropriate training will also be identified and offered, including safeguarding adults training.
The organisation will make available its Safeguarding Adults Policy and Procedures to all staff, volunteers, members and partner organisations.
What to do if you have concerns about an adult member
Organisation members, staff and volunteers are not expected to be an expert in recognition of a safeguarding concern; however, all adults working, volunteering and participating have a duty of care to be vigilant and respond appropriately to suspicions of poor practice, abuse or bullying. They should also respond to any indication of abuse that may be occurring outside of the organisation setting.
This does not mean that it is your responsibility to decide if a situation is poor practice, abuse or bullying, but it is your responsibility to report your concerns to the Welfare Officer or Deputy Welfare Officer.
If you cannot contact someone within the organisation or feel that your concerns are not being dealt with properly you can contact [details of a national or other local safeguarding lead], the local authority safeguarding adults team [insert details] or ACT, the national safeguarding adults organisation www.anncrafttrust.org
What to do if you have a concern about an adult