Safeguarding in sport is a set of actions that help to ensure all children and vulnerable adults participating in sport have a positive experience.

Safeguarding is focused on keeping all children and vulnerable adults safe from harm, abuse, violence, exploitation and neglect.

A key part of safeguarding is spreading the message about keeping children and vulnerable adults safe, to challenge community norms and build a community culture in judo of always acting in the best interest of all children at all times.

Safeguarding in judo

British Judo take safeguarding and the safety of its members extremely seriously. Use the menu bar to explore this section of the website and find out more about safeguarding and what measures you and your club can take to minimise the risks to children at your club.

All British Judo Association clubs should strive to have a Club Welfare Officer (CWO) to ensure children’s welfare is prioritised at their club.

The CWO needs to be well supported by the club and have a formal role on the club’s management committee. It is the whole club’s responsibility to ensure children’s welfare and everyone has a role to play.

The CWO plays a key role in advising the committee on its approach and ensuring that this is monitored and reviewed on an ongoing basis.

Due to the nature of this role all CWO will have no relation to the Head Coach. In the interests of best practice, the CWO ideally should be a separate role from coaching.

For more information about Club Welfare Officers, please click here

Do you have a concern?

If you’re concerned about possible child abuse or bad practice within a British Judo club, competition or any other judo environment then you should immediately contact:

Your Club Welfare Officer – The contact details of your club’s welfare officer should be clearly advertised at your club and on the club’s website.


British Judo Safeguarding Team – 0121 728 6920 or