Child Safeguarding

PUMA Child SafeGuarding

The Professional Unification of Martial Arts takes its duty of care to junior students very seriously. P.U.M.A. has a dedicated children’s syllabus, a comprehensive Safeguarding Code of Conduct and has appointed a Safeguarding Designated Lead and Safeguarding Team.

The current DSL is Ms Louise Reeve IV Degree Black Belt and School Owner. She can be contacted on 07866723631 or through the Safeguarding link on the P.U.M.A. webpage. Ms. Reeve is a CPD certified safeguarding trainer and DSL level 3. Specialist areas include teaching children with SEN (Special Educational Needs) and therapeutic teaching.

safeguarding code in Martial Arts

At Swain Taekwon-Do we take safeguarding incredibly seriously – and we are delighted to announce we now have attained the Safeguarding Code in Martial Arts mark!

The code has been developed in consultation with Sport England, and demonstrates a Martial Arts club’s commitment to upholding their duty of care to the community and young people, and that they have reached and effectively maintained good safeguarding standards!

Check out www.safeguardingcode.com/parents for more information on the importance of the code!

Safeguarding Code of Conduct Mission Statement

The Professional Unification of Martial Arts (P.U.M.A.) acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of all students and adults especially those who are most vulnerable / impressionable (Children and Adults at Risk) and are fully committed to ensuring our safeguarding practice recognises and reflects our statutory responsibilities and government guidance and that it complies with best practice.

Our Safeguarding Code of Conduct recognises that the welfare and interests of Children and Adults at Risk are paramount in all circumstances. It aims to ensure that regardless of age, gender, ability or disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation, socio-economic background, or status, all students:
 – Have a positive and enjoyable experience of Martial Arts with P.U.M.A. in a safe and person centred environment.
 – Are suitably safeguarded whilst participating in Martial Arts or other activities/events provided by or through P.U.M.A.

P.U.M.A acknowledges that some students, including students with disabilities / illness (mental and physical), young people or those from ethnic minority communities, can be particularly vulnerable and we accept the responsibility to take reasonable and appropriate steps to ensure we safeguard their welfare.

As part of our Safeguarding Code of Conduct P.U.M.A. will:
 – promote and prioritise the safety and wellbeing of any vulnerable group
 – communicate to everyone to ensure they understand their roles and responsibilities in respect of safeguarding. P.U.M.A. will also provided appropriate learning opportunities and will recognise, identify and appropriately respond to signs of inappropriate behaviour and other safeguarding concerns relating to any of our members.
 – ensure as far as practicable, that appropriate action is taken in the event of any incident or where safeguarding concerns are identified and will support individuals provided concerns are raised or disclosed.
 – ensure that confidential, detailed and accurate records of all safeguarding concerns are maintained and securely stored.
 – embrace the ‘safer recruitment principles’ for those in positions of trust and influence within P.U.M.A.
 – ensure as far as practicable, that robust safeguarding arrangements and procedures are in operation.

P.U.M.A’s Safeguarding Code of Conduct will be widely promoted and enforced for everyone involved within the organisation. Failure to comply with the policy and procedures will be addressed without delay and may ultimately result in dismissal/exclusion from the organisation.

Monitoring
P.U.M.A’s Safeguarding Code of Conduct will be reviewed minimum 3 yearly but also in the following circumstances:
change in legislation and/or government guidance
as or when required by the Local Safeguarding Children Board, UK Sport
as or following a result of any other significant change or event.

Actions
Our Safeguarding Code of Conduct which cover our detailed and specific safeguarding protocols will be available on the P.U.M.A. website. School owners, instructors and anyone else involve in working with Children and Adults at risk will be notified of the initial update and any further updates which occur.
Parents, Carers and students will be strongly encouraged to read it.

Please visit the puma-uk.com webpage for details and links to the topics listed below.
 – Duty of care
 – Students with additional needs.
 – Bullying
 – Cyber safety
 – Recruitment and training for Instructors, helpers and volunteers
 – Types of Abuse
 – Reporting process
 – Reporting Form  – Document
 – Disciplinary process (internal) for safeguarding
 – Role of Designated  – Safeguarding Lead. (formerly child protection/safeguarding officer)
 – Photography/Open and Closed Forum events
 – Photographic Publicity Consent Form
 – Physical contact including sparring and destruction
 – Transport
 – Adult at Risk (including definitions and actions)
 – Site assessments
 – Squad – including overseas trips
 – Camps
 – Tournaments
 – Information sharing in respect of safeguarding
 – Process for managing a separated parent/child or failure to collect
 – What to do if during and after a disclosure
 – Glossary of terms
 – Data Privacy Statement-