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.

Club Welfare Officer

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

DBS

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. They do this by searching police records and, in relevant cases, barred list information, before issuing a DBS certificate the applicant.

Carrying out DBS checks is an essential part in ensuring that unsuitable individuals are working in judo in the UK. British Judo insists on all individuals and clubs to obtain a DBS check before working with vulnerable groups and children.

For more information DBS Checks, please click here

Child Protection

Child protection is protecting an individual that has been identified as being at risk of harm, abuse, violence, exploitation or neglect.

British Judo upholds the principle that all children whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious belief and/or sexual identity have the right to protection from abuse.

All British Judo members, staff and volunteers are committed to the welfare and protection of children and young people so that they can enjoy participating in judo in safety without fear, threat or abuse.

For more information about Child Protection, please click here

Additionally Vulnerable

Additionally vulnerable judoka are those participants (adult and children) that do not always have access to the same choices due to a disability or impairment; a situation that results in an increased risk of experiencing harm or abuse.

International research has shown that disabled children are between three to four times more likely to be abused while participating in sport than other children. This abuse can include:

  • Sexual abuse
  • Physical abuse
  • Verbal abuse
  • Joking and unchecked bullying
  • Coaches and clubs overly fixated on integration or the disability

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 advertise at your club and on the club’s website.

or

British Judo Safeguarding Team – 0121 728 6920 (Ext: 223) or keith.eldridge@britishjudo.org.uk.

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.

or

British Judo Safeguarding Team – 0121 728 6984 (ext: 223) or keith.eldridge@britishjudo.org.uk.