Action International Martial Arts Association West
(A.I.M.A.A West Yorkshire) takes its commitment of ensuring the safety of
students attending our classes and events, very
seriously. The child protection policy covers all
students up to the age of 18 years.
All children have the
right to protection from all forms of abuse.
A.I.M.A.A West Yorkshire mandate that all Instructors, Assistants, Club
Assistants and anyone who comes in contact with children
are fully aware of the content of this policy and they
know of their responsibility to adhere to it.
also the mandate of A.I.M.A.A West Yorkshire that we ensure that each
Instructor, Assistant Instructor and anyone that works
with the children within our schools, undertake yearly
courses on child protection, that is sanctioned by
Sports Scotland and local councils.
implementation of this Policy is first and foremost for
the protection of our students, but also for the
protection of our Instructors, Assistant Instructors,
Club Assistants and A.I.M.A.A West Yorkshire as an
association of schools.
This policy provides
definitions, policy statements, and guidance on a
variety of topics. If anyone has a question in relation
to the contents of the policy they should immediately
contact the following child protection officers (C.P.O)
within the following schools below.
WEST YORKSHIRE -
CHILD PROCTECTION OFFICERS
APPOINTED RESOURCE PERSONNEL
A.I.M.A.A West Yorkshire has appointed
the ( NAME HERE ) to:
Report Directly to the A.I.M.A.A West Yorkshire Head Instructors on all
aspects of child protection.
Formulate and distribute child
protection literature to all Instructors.
Provide assistance to Instructors
on how to implement the policy on child protection
Ensure Instructors and Assistants
are correctly implementing the policy.
Maintain record on all aspects
pertaining to child protection including signed
Keep all aspects of
confidentiality as a priority.
Collect and collate all up to date (CRB) checks centrally.
Update current policies and
procedures for the CPO's.
Resource child protection courses
and certification for Instructors, Assistants and
all those in contact with children within the
ROLE OF THE PROTECTION OFFICER
WITHIN A.I.M.A.A SCHOOLS
Report Directly to the A.I.M.A.A
West Yorkshire Head Instructors in all
aspects of child protection.
Provide assistance and support to
Instructors and how to implement the policy within
Keep all aspects of
confidentiality as a priority.
Undertake actions to escalate
reported abuse on behalf of Instructors.
Definitions of abuse and what to look
Where there is
evidence that an adult has failed to to meet a
child's physical needs for food, warmth, clothing,
hygiene etc. This also covers the failure to provide
a safe environment, such as leaving a child alone
and unsupervised, or exposing them to undue risks or
children or other adults deliberately cause injury,
such as hitting, shaking, biting, burning,
squeezing, or any other excessive force. It also
includes giving children inappropriate drugs,
alcohol, poison, or attempts to suffocate or drown.
Physical abuse can
also be said if the nature of the training is
inappropriate to the child's immature and growing
body, or by forcing the child to injury through
fatigue or overuse. Training that is appropriate for
adults may not be appropriate for a child.
persistent lack of attention or love, shouting,
screaming, taunting, sarcasm, over-protection
(leading to poor social skills).
organisation this also includes the failure to
respond to a child's efforts or progress. It
includes the use of taunts, shouts or sarcasm when
teaching a child, that leads to that child losing
Both boys and
girls are at risk of being sexually abused.
includes making children take part in full sexual
intercourse, masturbation, oral sex, fondling,
exposure to pornographic material or making children
take part in producing pornographic videos or
photography. It also includes suggestions that
sexual favours (or refusal can hinder ) their
progression in Tae Kwon Do.
Abuse of trust -
where young people are indoctrinated with attitudes
to training, drugs, and cheating, social, political,
or religious views that are unacceptable to the
young person's family.
All kinds of
bullying, both verbal and physical, from other
children and adults, are a form of abuse. A.I.M.A.A
West Yorkshire has a strict Anti-Bullying Policy in place
that must be adhered to at all times.
not the responsibility of A.I.M.A.A West Yorkshire members to decide
that child abuse is occurring. It is our responsibility
to follow through on any concerns. However, we do need
to exercise care. It is possible to find these signs and
symptoms in many completely healthy, un-abused children.
Possible signs are:
changes in a child's behaviour, attitude or
commitment (becoming quite and withdrawn, or
displaying sudden outbursts of temper).
other students, helpers etc.
injuries that cannot be easily explained (such as
burns or belt marks).
change or shower.
problems with hygiene.
of weight or loss.
approached or touched.
Fear of particular
Children who are
always alone, unaccompanied or are prevented from
socialising with other children.
Reluctance to go
WHAT TO DO IF
YOU SUSPECT ABUSE
The following is a
list of things that should be done if you suspect abuse,
or if a child tells you of abuse.
confidentiality at all times.
Listen and be
reassuring, but make it clear that you cannot keep
secrets and you will have to talk to another person
who can help.
Record what has
been said to you accurately as possible, using the
exact words spoken by the child. Write it down as
soon as you can.
Do not ask the
child to repeat or elaborate. Keep questions to a
minimum, but find out if they have told anyone else.
NOTE: The Law is
very strict and a child abuse case can be easily
dismissed if it appears that the child has been lead
by words, ideas or suggestions.
Ensure that you
are clear about all the facts of the allegations
including name, age, address etc, of the child in
Contact the C.P.O
of the child's school, and communicate all
information to them that is at your disposal.
Once the C.P.O has
been contacted, they assume responsibility for the
situation, allowing the 'trusted' adult to return to
a normal assistant/helper/Instructor relationship.
On no account
should the Instructor attempt to contact the parent
(s), relatives or agencies. This is so that all
communications come through one person. The
Instructor should strive to maintain a normal but
watchful role, recording and reporting new
developments to the C.P.O immediately.
If requested by
the police or social services details of the adult
making the referral will be passed to them, so they
can make direct contact with that person.
Instructors have a
need and a right to maintain discipline within their
class. However, any disciplinary actions must not
compromise their dignity, self-confidence, safety and
self-esteem of the child.
The items in this
section are mandatory and must be carried out by all
are responsible for ensuring that all their
Assistant Instructors and class room assistants have
read and understood this policy. And must also
ensure that they put into practice the child
protection needs and that all less than 16 years of
age have received a child protection induction pack.
They are also responsible for ensuring that the
signed acknowledgments are returned to the C.P.O.
All Instructors must ensure that all Assistant
Instructors, Class room assistants, volunteers,
helpers have an up to date ( (CRB) (Must be updated
every 2 years).
All Instructors to
have an adequate first aid kit and have a fully
qualified First Aid person within their school at
must consider safety procedures and drills
appropriate to their training venues. This must be
communicated regularly to students, items to be
Safety access and
exit form venue
meeting point, exits.
Hazards in Dojang,
equipment, mats, bags, electrical etc.
INSTRUCTORS & ASSISTANTS
Although the legal
age of consent in the UK is 16 years old, AIMAA West
Yorkshire does not permit its Instructors to enter
into a relationship with a student under the age of
18 years old. To do so is perceived as an act of
abuse of the Instructor/Student trust.
Always be publicly
open when working with children.
Always ask parents
to stay and watch training within a safe distance (
health & safety).
Try to avoid
situations where you and an a individual child are
It is unacceptable
for an Instructor to to visit a junior student at
their home or to encourage a student to visit the
Ii is sometimes
necessary for an Instructor to adjust a child's
stance, adjust a hand position manually. However,
you should be aware that some parents are becoming
increasingly sensitive to this. You should first
encourage the child to do this for themselves. If
you do have to make the adjustment then you should
provide commentary at the same time "okay I am going
to move you hand to the correct position".
children under the age of 6 years and within a "
little Panthers Class" should be requested to stay
for the duration of the child class, so they can
attend to the child's hygiene needs. If for any
reason you do need to accompany a child to a
changing room or toilet, then it is good practice to
check that it is clear from adults and then let the
child enter, whilst you stay outside the toilet or
changing room and wait for the child to finish.
always be treated with kindness and respect. Adults
must always display high standards when dealing with
assistants must be aware of the dangers to children
at the start and finish of a class. Parents and
carers should be asked to drop off and pick up young
children within the Dojang, to ensure their safety.
It is not
acceptable for a person in authority to transport a
child to and from an event, unless they have written
parental consent. However, it is advisable to ensure
that parents take sole responsibility to ensure
their child or children are transported to and from
assistants must ensure that the content of the class
is appropriate to the age group of that class.
Never engage in
rough or sexual provocative games, make suggestive
comments (even in fun) or do things of a personal
nature that a child can do for themselves.
You must take all
accusations and allegations seriously.
believe that their is a misunderstanding or the
potential for a misunderstanding, you should report
it to the C.P.O. as soon as possible to avoid future
Parents need to
understand that, although all reasonable practical
measures will be taken into account to ensure the
safety and protection of their children, the
ultimate responsibility remains with them
always, whenever possible, remain on hand during
training to supervise changing room or toilet
However, if parents have any concerns, event outside
the A.I.M.A.A West Yorkshire environment, they are welcome to
seek advice from the C.P.O within their child's
The C.P.O for each
school is listed above.