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Child Care Policy updated - 2016

 


 

 

 

Child Care Policy

(Revised December 2016)

 

            Carlton – Arena Taekwondo is affiliated to the British Taekwondo. It complies fully with the Syllabus, Ethics and Conduct promoted by the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) and the BT.

 

Statement of Policy

 

            Carlton – Arena Taekwondo is committed to ensuring that all young students, boys and girls, are protected from any form of child abuse.

            Carlton- Arena Taekwondo will ensure that all Instructors and Officials are fit and proper persons to be working, training or involved with children/juniors.

            Carlton – Arena Taekwondo will not employ an Instructor or Official unless Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) has checked him/her and the report is favourable. References will also be taken for such appointments.

            Carlton – Arena Taekwondo will investigate all complaints or allegations of child abuse.

It will also ensure that any suspicion of child abuse outside the control of Carlton – Arena Taekwondo is reported to the relevant authorities.

            Carlton – Arena Taekwondo will appoint Child Care Officers and ensure that his/her name, role and duties are communicated to all children/juniors and Parents/Carers.

 

Statement of Principles

 

In compliance with and further to the Statement of Policy, Carlton – Arena Taekwondo will ensure that, as far as reasonably practicable, the following principles are implemented:

 

The welfare of a child/junior whilst attending training is paramount.

 

All children/juniors (and adults) hold a current BT licence. 

 

That all Carlton – Arena Taekwondo licensed children/juniors (and adults), regardless of their age, cultural background, gender, racial origin, disability or sexual identity are protected from abuse being sexual, physical or emotional.  

 

That any complaint or allegations reported to the Child Care Officers or to the Instructors are recorded and investigated as urgently as possible and the findings reported to the relevant person(s). [Definition of a “relevant person” is given later in the Policy document].

 

Any complaint against a student of CAT will be investigated and the student suspended from membership until the investigation is concluded.

 

All children/juniors (and adults) have the right to safety and to be treated with dignity and in accordance with the Tenets of Taekwondo.

 

                        Signed:….........…………………       Signed:………………………….      

                        (Chief Instructor)                                                    (Partner)

 

Signed – Karen Mistry: .................................      Date: 27/December 2016             (Child care and Race Relation Officer)

 

 

 

Part II

 

 

Arrangements, systems and procedures

 

 

 

Child abuse – Definition:

 

(Take a this out - Child abuse is an expression used by all to describe the way a child/junior is or may be harmed usually by an adult. Although men are the greatest offenders, it must be remembered that 5% to 10% of women are involved in child abuse usually emotional abuse and neglect.

Attention must also be given to the fact that children/juniors can abuse other children/juniors. This is usually referred as “bullying”. )

 

           

A form of maltreatment of a child. Somebody may abuse or neglect a child by inflicting harm, or by failing to act to prevent harm. Children may be abused in a family or in an institutional or community setting by those known to them or, more rarely, by others (e.g. via the internet). They may be abused by an adult or adults, or another child or children.

 

 

There are four (4) main forms of child abuse

           

Physical abuse

Sexual abuse

Emotional abuse

Neglect

 

(Note: A child/junior may suffer from one form of abuse or a combination of more than one)

 

Important note:

 Carlton – Arena Taekwondo is not responsible for determining whether or not abuse has taken place outside its area of activities/control but is responsible for protecting a child from abuse.

                          The decision to report or react to allegations or suspicion of child abuse is a very difficult one. If in doubt, please see and discuss the matter with Carlton – Arena Taekwondo  “Child Care Officer” without delay.                           

 

 

A – Physical abuse:

           

            ( Take this out - Physical abuse is not only causing actual injury to the body but condoning or giving a child/junior access to addictive substances (i.e.: alcohol, drugs…) can also be seen/taken as a form of physical abuse.)

 

 

A form of abuse which may involve hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning or scalding, drowning, suffocating or otherwise causing physical harm to a child. Physical harm may also be caused when a parent or carer fabricates the symptoms of, or deliberately induces, illness in a child.

 

In Taekwondo and Carlton – Arena Taekwondo included, a very clear distinction must be made between sparring with light and controlled contact and striking with excessive force. Carlton – Arena Taekwondo will always follow very closely the guidance from the BT and its Masters in Taekwondo.

Under no circumstances will the use of light and controlled contact be permitted for a child/junior (or even an adult) until he/she has reached a safe standard of self-control. The standard of self-control is usually accepted/defined as when a Student has obtained his/her 6th Kup.

            Anyone found intentionally/voluntarily using excessive force or striking a child/junior (or even an adult) in a prohibited area of the body, may be instantly dismissed from Carlton – Arena Taekwondo and, if judged necessary, reported to the parent/carer of that child. This rule will not apply to proven accidental/unintentional strike.

 

 

B - Sexual abuse:

           

            (Take this out - Sexual abuse occurs when an adult seeks his/her sexual gratification from a boy or girl. Sexual abuse will also include remarks, stories or jokes of a sexually explicit nature. )

 

Involves forcing or enticing a child or young person to take part in sexual activities, not necessarily involving a high level of violence, whether or not the child is aware of what is happening. The activities may involve physical contact, including assault by penetration (for example, rape or oral sex) or non-penetrative acts such as masturbation, kissing, rubbing and touching outside of clothing. They may also include non-contact activities, such as involving children in looking at, or in the production of, sexual images, watching sexual activities, encouraging children to behave in sexually inappropriate ways, or grooming a child in preparation for abuse (including via the internet). Sexual abuse is not solely perpetrated by adult males. Women can also commit acts of sexual abuse, as can other children.

 

            Instructors and Officials of Carlton – Arena Taekwondo will always ensure that their close working/training relationship with Students is never allowed to spill over to an improper one.

Particular attention must be given to “close work” like self defence whereby close body contact may be necessary in order to effectively perform a move.  Although Instructors and Officials will always ensure that such moves are performed in the strict spirit of Martial Arts, Parents/Carers of young children must also understand and accept that some contact with others will happen whilst training (i.e. hands, arms, head, legs, feet).

“Inappropriate touching” or explicit and offensive remarks of a sexual nature must be immediately reported to the Chief Instructor and/or to Carlton – Arena Taekwondo “Child Care officer”. All reports of this nature will be investigated and findings recorded and, if judged necessary for the protection of a child, reported to the relevant authorities.

 

            C – Neglect:

 

(Take this out -Neglect will arise when an adult fails to meet the basic needs of a child/junior. This will include food, warmth, hygiene, medical care and proper supervision.)

 

The persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical and/or psychological needs, likely to result in the serious impairment of the child’s health or development. Neglect may occur during pregnancy as a result of maternal substance abuse. Once a child is born, neglect may involve a parent or carer failing to:

• provide adequate food, clothing and shelter (including exclusion from home or abandonment);

• protect a child from physical and emotional harm or danger;

• ensure adequate supervision (including the use of inadequate

care-givers); or

• ensure access to appropriate medical care or treatment.

It may also include neglect of, or unresponsiveness to, a child’s basic emotional needs.

 

Carlton – Arena Taekwondo will ensure that proper medical care (first aid) is provided to all its Students regardless of age.

 

            D – Emotional abuse:

 

(Take this out Emotional abuse occurs when a child/junior is threatened, taunted, excessively shouted at or where effort or progress is ignored and when the self-confidence and self-esteem of the child/junior is undermined.)

 

The persistent emotional maltreatment of a child such as to cause severe and persistent adverse effects on the child’s emotional development. It may involve conveying to a child that they are worthless or unloved, inadequate, or valued only insofar as they meet the needs of another person. It may include not giving the child opportunities to express their views, deliberately silencing them or ‘making fun’ of what they say or how they communicate. It may feature age or developmentally inappropriate expectations being imposed on children. These may include interactions that are beyond a child’s developmental capability, as well as overprotection and limitation of exploration and learning, or preventing the child participating in normal social interaction. It may involve seeing or hearing the ill-treatment of another. It may involve serious bullying (including cyber bullying), causing children frequently to feel frightened or in danger, or the exploitation or corruption of children. Some level of emotional abuse is involved in all types of maltreatment of a child, though it may occur alone

 

            Because of the philosophy, teaching, nature and origins of Taekwondo, emotional abuse must not be confused with the need to maintain discipline and progress. The safety of all Students must also be paramount.

            Instructors will always ensure that should the need arise to discipline a child/junior during a training session, the disciplinary action is rapidly followed up by a form of encouragement or praise.

 

 

Good practices/recommendations

 

Supervision --->          Under no circumstances can a class/training session be permitted to start unless at least one (1) BT licensed Instructor and a minimum of three (3) adults are present (including parents watching).

 

Complaints --->           All complaints must be immediately reported to the Chief Instructor

                                    and/or to Carlton – Arena Taekwondo Child Care Officer.

 

Good Practices when working with children --->       General recommendations. 

 

 

 

General recommendations:

                       

Always be publicly open.

Avoid situations where working unobserved.

If contact is required to assist a child/junior, do it openly.

Report immediately any accidental touching to the Chief Instructor or the Child Care Officer.

Under no circumstances is an adult permitted to take a child/junior (other than his/her own parent/carer) to changing room /toilets.

Never spend excessive amount of time alone with children away from others.

Never take children/juniors alone on car journeys, however short.

Never take a child/junior to your home where he/she will be alone.

Never engage in rough, physical or sexually provocative games, including horseplay

Never allow children/juniors to use inappropriate language unchallenged.

Never make sexually suggestive comments to a child/junior, even in fun.

If an adult accidentally hurts a child/junior and he/she appears to be distressed, report the incident as soon as possible to another two colleagues and make a brief note to that effect. It would also be prudent to report the incident to the parent/carer

Adults should not communicate directly with children using the internet or mobile phone without the explicit written permission of the child's parent/carer and parents/carers must always be included/copied into all such communications.

 

In any event should an adult suspect child abuse in or outside

 Carlton – Arena Taekwondo

or be uncertain or concerned about an

 incident which could be incorrectly interpreted or viewed by others

 as a possible “child abuse”, he/she should report it without delay to

the Chief Instructor and/or the Child Care Officer.

A short report should also be kept.

 

Local Professional Contacts

 

 

The Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) is the single point of contact for all professionals and members of the public to report safeguarding concerns.

 

You can contact the MASH team in one of the following ways:

 

telephone: 0300 500 80 90

fax: 01623 483295

email: mash.safeguarding@nottscc.gcsx.gov.uk

online form: concerned about a child

online form: concerned about an adult [Word] (if the form will not open when clicking the link, instead right click the link and click 'Save link as...' or 'Save target as...' to download it to your computer first).

post:

MASH

Piazza

Little Oak Drive

Sherwood Business Park

Annesley

Nottinghamshire

NG15 0DR.

Opening hours:

 

Monday to Thursday: 8.30am to 5pm

Friday: 8.30am to 4.30pm

Telephone queues are generally shorter in the morning, so you may wish to call then.

 

In an emergency outside of these hours, contact the Emergency Duty Team on 0300 456 4546.

 

(Take out this - Police Child Abuse Investigation Unit

428 Century House Carlton Road

Nottingham   Tel. 0115 9 67 09 99

 

MASH

 Social Services

The Hall

Bridgford Road

West Bridgford   Tel. 0115 9 14 15 00 )

 

British Taekwondo

 

Tel. 01623 63 22 03

 

C.A.T Chief Instructor

Master Guy Chatel

(CAT Administration Manager – Norma Chatel on same number)

Tel. 0115 9 45 25 11

 

Carlton – Arena Taekwondo Child Care Officers:   --> Mrs Karen Mistry

Carlton – Arena Taekwondo Race Relation Officer ---> Mrs Karen Mistry

 

 

Signed (Chief Instructor)...... Guy Chatel......    Signed (Partner).......Norma Chatel.....

 

Signed – Mrs Karen Mistry: ...................................               Date:  04/01/2017

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

Declaration form

 

You are advised that under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (exceptions) Order 1975 as amended by the Rehabilitations of Offenders Act 1974 (Amendments) 1986, you should declare all convictions (including spent convictions). You should advise Carlton – Arena Taekwondo of any convictions incurred by you after completion of this form.

 

Personal disclosure of all Instructors, Officials and Child Care Officer working or in contact with children whilst attending Carlton – Arena Taekwondo training classes.

 

 

 

Have you ever been convicted of a criminal offence or been the subject of a caution or Bound Over order? 

 

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If yes, please state nature and date(s) of offence(s):

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Have you ever been subject to any disciplinary action or sanction(s) relating to child abuse?

 

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If yes, please give details:

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            You are required to self-certify that you are not known to any Social Services Department as being an actual or potential risk to children, and that you have not been disqualified or prohibited from fostering children or had any rights or powers in respect of any child vested in or assumed by local authority, or had a child ordered to be removed from your care.

 

Name in full:…………………………………………………………………………

 

Date of birth:……………… Place of birth:……………….. Nationality:………….

 

Address: ……………………………………………………………………………..

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Signed:……………………………… Dated:………………

 

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