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Child ProtectionPosted: 07/02/2017
In light of recent allegations of short fallings in Scottish Sport, in regards to child protection, JudoScotland would like to reassure our members of our commitment to child protection.
As an organisation JudoScotland takes its responsibility to all our members very seriously and as such we have strict measures in place to protect vulnerable individuals. Following the successful completion of a coaching qualification, all coaches wishing to obtain a British Judo Association (BJA) licence to coach must complete a First Aid qualification and a Safeguarding and Protecting Children Workshop. A BJA coaching licence is valid for three years at which point a coach is required to revalidate. In order to work with vulnerable groups such as children, coaches are required to undergo a Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) check.
In addition to the above measures, as part of their affiliation process all JudoScotland member Clubs require to have a trained, nominated Child Protection Officer. Should any child, parent or guardian have any concerns relating to child welfare at a JS member Club, this individual can be approached confidentially in the first instance.
We are constantly looking at ways that we can improve and strive to be leaders in safeguarding practice, as such we have additional good practise procedures in place for member Clubs to gain JudoMARK status. However we are aware that this is a continuing concern and we will therefore continually seek to adopt best practices. A full copy of our Child Protection Policy – Safelandings can be found here