Shi’hing Kung Fu upholds the principle that all children and young people whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious belief and/or sexual identity have the right to protection from abuse.
The members, their families, staff and volunteers of Shi’hing Kung Fu are committed to the welfare and protection of children so that they can enjoy sporting activities in safety to the best of their abilities without fear, threat or abuse.
Children and young people have a right to expect us to protect them from harm. By taking care to uphold these principles we can help to assure their welfare and development.
• The child’s welfare is, and must always be, the paramount consideration.
• All children and young people have the right to be protected from abuse regardless of their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious belief or sexual identity.
• We will take seriously all suspicions and allegations of abuse and respond swiftly and appropriately.
• Anyone under the age of 18 years is considered as a child for the purposes of this document.
• We recognise that working in partnership with children and their parents/carers is essential for the protection of the children.
• We recognise the roles and responsibilities of statutory agencies in relation to safeguarding children and young people and promoting their welfare and is fully committed to working with these agencies.
The aims of our Child Protection Policy are to:
- Promote good practice throughout the Academy and it’s members
- Protect and safeguard the safety and welfare of children training at Shi’hing Kung Fu
It is not the responsibility of any Association or Club to decide whether or not child abuse is taking place. There is, however, a responsibility to protect children in order that appropriate agencies can then make inquiries and take any necessary action to protect the child.
Local authority social service departments have a statutory duty under the Children Act 1989 to ensure the welfare of a child. When a child protection referral is made, social services staff have a legal responsibility to investigate. This may involve talking to the child and family and gathering information from other people who know the child. Inquiries may be carried out jointly with the police.
If a complaint or allegation of child abuse is made against a member of Shi’hing Kung Fu, the following action should be taken;
- A report by the parent / guardian or co-worker should be made to Shi’hing Kung Fu’s Chief Instructor.
- The Chief Instructor / Child Protection Officer will then contact MASA and the local social services or other organisation – NSPCC / CHILDLINE and discuss the complaint with them.
- Under no circumstances should the Chief Instructor try to deal with the matter personally.
- Shi’hing Kung Fu will take an immediate decision (using it’s disciplinary procedure) as to whether the staff member, coach or assistant coach should be suspended.
- Every effort will be made to protect the confidentiality of all parties involved.
- Allegations of abuse may be made some period of time after the event. For example, by an adult who was abused as a child by a member of staff who is still currently working with children. Where such an allegation is made, the Association / Club should follow the procedures given above and report the matter to the social services department and/or the police.
- Shi’hing Kung Fu’s disciplinary procedure should be used to decide upon reinstatement / expulsion. It may be appropriate to wait for the results of any social services / police investigations.