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SAFETY & PROTECTION POLICY

Introduction

Self Defence Global has a implemented a Protection Policy that applies to all venues and events. Based upon the premise that all organisations that make provision for children and young people, have a moral and legal responsibility to ensure that welfare and safety is paramount.

* All persons, regardless of age, culture, disability, gender, racial origin, religious beliefs and/or sexual identity have the right to protection from abuse.

* All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.

* Self Defence Global officials have a responsibility to report concerns.

The law defines a child as a person under 18 years. By adopting best practice at all times the safeguarding of participants, instructors and other adults in positions of responsibility form any potential false allegation or abuse.

Policy Statement

Self Defence Global Ltd has a duty of care to safeguard all students involved in training.  All students have a right to protection, and the needs of everyone who may be vulnerable must be taken into account. 
This policy will be implemented and adhered to by instructors, officials, officers and assistants.

Policy Aims

The aim the Protection Policy is to promote good practice:

• Ensure that all incidents of poor practice or suspicions of poor practice and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.

• Allow Instructors, Officials, and Volunteers to make informed and confident responses to specific protection issues.

• The distinction between ages of consent, civil and criminal liability are recognised but in the pursuit of good practice a young person is recognised as being under the age of 18 years [Children’s Act, 1989].

Self Defence Global Ltd also recognises that young people above the age of 18 are vulnerable to undue influence by adults in positions of authority or responsibility.

• Confidentiality will be upheld in line with the Data Protection Act 1984 and the Human Rights Act of year 2000.

Promoting Good Practice

Child abuse, particularly sexual abuse, can arouse strong emotions in those facing such a situation. Abuse can occur within situations such as the home, school and training environment. Furthermore, individuals will actively seek employment or voluntary work in order to do harm and influence others.

A coach, instructor, teacher, official or volunteer may have regular contact with young people and be an important link in identifying cases where another person needs protection. Suspicious cases of poor practice must be reported following the guidelines in this document.

Good Practice Guidelines

All those involved in self defence training are encouraged to demonstrate exemplary behaviour in order to safeguard others and protect themselves from false allegation.
Always work in an open environment.
Treat everyone equally with respect and dignity
Maintaining a safe and appropriate distance with students
Build balanced relationships based on mutual trust
Ensuring that if any form of physical support is required, it should be provided openly.
Ensuring teaching practice reflects the standards expected
• Being an excellent role model includes not smoking, drinking alcohol or using illegal substances.
• Securing parental consent in writing to act in loco parentis, if the need arises to obtain permission for the administration of emergency first aid and or other medical treatment.
• Having up to date records, including contact numbers and information regarding medical conditions and lesson plans.
• Keeping a written record of injuries that occur, accompanied by details of any treatment given.
• Requesting written parental consent if officials are required to transport others or young people in their vehicles.
Self Defence Global Ltd Instructors are required to understand the added responsibilities of teaching basic principles of growth and development through adolescence.
Exercises should be appropriate to elements such as age, ability and build.
The minimum age for a student to begin training with Self Defence Global Ltd is 16yrs but 18 years if unaccompanied by a responsible adult.

Practices never to be sanctioned

* Engage in rough, physical or sexually provocative training

* Allow or engage in any form of inappropriate touching;

* Allow allegations to go unchallenged, unrecorded or not acted upon

* Allow an unaccompanied person under 18 to enter training or and part of a seminar.

* If an accident occurs then it is not to be ignored but noted and reported

* If a student appears to be sexually aroused, to continue training with them

* Continue training if a student misunderstands or misinterprets something you have done

Guidelines for Use of Photographic Filming Equipment

At the commencement of any training or seminar, all participants must be asked for their consent to be recorded and the material used.

Procedure

It is not the responsibility of anyone working in any capacity to take responsibility or to decide whether or not abuse has taken place.
However, there is a responsibility for all involved to act upon any concerns through contact with the appropriate authorities.

Advice and information is available from the local Social Services Department, the Police or the NSPCC 24 hour Helpline 0800 800 5000

Self Defence Global Ltd assures Instructors, Officials or Volunteers that it will fully support and protect anyone, who in good faith reports his or her concern that a colleague is, or may be guilty of a breach of this document.

Where there is a complaint there may be three types of consequence.

* A criminal investigation

* A disciplinary or misconduct investigation

* The resulting external investigation may well influence can internal investigation

Suspected Abuse

Suspicion that a student has been abused by either another student, instructor or assistant it should be reported to Self Defence Global Ltd.
Steps as considered necessary to ensure the safety of the person in question and any other who may be at risk will then be taken.

Record what the person has said or what has been seen. Details should include dates and times: a copy of which could be forwarded to a member of staff and the allegation will be referred to the appropriate authorities.

Responding to allegations Actions if there are concerns

Every effort will be made to ensure that confidentiality is maintained for all concerned. Information should be handled and disseminated on a need to know basis only.

This includes the following:

Self Defence Global Ltd staff involved

The parent or guardian of the person who is alleged to have been abused

The person making the allegation

Social services and the/police

The alleged offender

Seek legal advice on who should approach alleged abuser

Information will be stored in a secure place with limited access and only to designated people, in line with data protection laws.

Note:- The entirety of this document is binding for all Self Defence Global Ltd teachers, staff, instructors and students who attend any course that Self Defence Global organise.