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Shoden martial arts & fitness acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

We are committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice and requirements of Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018) Chapter 2 and the Standards for Safeguarding and Protecting Children in Sport (2001) Standard 9.


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.


Shoden martial arts wants  to ensure all children:


  • have a positive and enjoyable experience of sport at Shoden martial arts & fitness in a safe and child centred environment

  • are protected from abuse whilst participating in club activities or outside of the activity while in the care of our instructors

Shoden martial arts & fitness 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 Shoden martial arts & fitness 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 Shoden martial arts & fitness. 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:

(Last reviewed Oct 2022)

Shoden Martial Arts has attained the Safeguarding Code in Martial Arts

You can report a safeguarding issue to our association 

Chris Brown
Lead Safeguarding Officer


Contact Kingston & Richmond Single Point of Access SPA

NSPCC Child Protection Helpline: 0808 800 5000

A free 24-hour service which provides counselling, information and advice to anyone concerned about a child at risk of abuse.


NSPCC Textphone (for people who are deaf or hard of hearing): 0800 056 0566 Email:


NSPCC Asian Child Protection Helpline: 0800 096 7719

(Mon–Fri 11am–7pm)


ChildLine: 0800 1111

A free 24-hour helpline for children in distress or danger

Anti-Bullying Alliance

What to do if you are worried a child is being abused?


Safeguarding Code - Benefits to Parents and Carers


The Safeguarding Code in Martial Arts recognises clubs and providers in England who 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. 

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