Ayr Aikido Club Children’s Protection Policy

March 2018

Ayr Aikido Club acknowledges its duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. The club is committed to ensuring that its safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities and relevant guidance, including the Protection of Children (Scotland) Act 2003, and complies with best practice and the requirements of South Ayrshire Council and the British Aikido Board.

This 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 or socio-economic background, all children have a positive and enjoyable experience of training at Ayr Aikido Club. Such training will be in a safe and child centred environment where the participants are protected from abuse whilst participating in Aikido and Internal Strength practice, or outside of these activities.

Ayr Aikido Club 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, Ayr Aikido Club will:

  • promote and prioritise the safety and well-being of children and young people
  • ensure that all leaders and helpers who have regular access to children in the club will be checked with Disclosure Scotland and provided with child protection training
  • ensure that 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 that appropriate action is taken in the event of incidents/concerns of abuse arising and that support is 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 deployment of unsuitable individuals
  • ensure that robust safeguarding arrangements and procedures are in operation

The policy and procedures will be widely promoted and are mandatory for everyone involved in Ayr Aikido Club. Failure to comply with the policy and procedures will be addressed without delay and may ultimately result in exclusion from the club.

 

Monitoring

The policy will be reviewed annually after development, or in the following circumstances:

  • changes in legislation and/or government guidance
  • as required by South Ayrshire Council or the British Aikido Board
  • as a result of any other significant change or event