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British Aikido Board


The National Governing Body for Aikido in the United Kingdom.
Aikido is a martial art founded by Morihei Ueshiba, that focuses on harmonising with your opponent, it can be practiced as a sport, self defence and an art using hand to hand and japanese weapons.

Welcome to the British Aikido Board

The British Aikido Board seeks to:-

  • Represent the majority of bona fide organisations practicing aikido in the United Kingdom.
  • Support, encourage and promote the highest standards of aikido within an environment of mutual respect for offering styles practiced.
  • Raise awareness of the value of aikido not only as a contributor towards healthy living, but also in the development of adults, young people and children, without regard to race, gender or creed.

The British Aikido Board operates primarily through its member Associations. There are 35 currently Full Member Associations with 12 Associate and Probationary Member Associations of regional and national status, who each retain their independence, both technically and financially, with a combined membership of some 5,000 , which includes 1204 instructors holding current Coaching Awards.

The Board is recognised by Sport England , as the only governing body for aikido in the United Kingdom and is a member of the Sport and Recreation Alliance.

 

The Board seeks to further the advancement of all styles of aikido and to establish and monitor standards of safety and behaviour for practitioners of aikido.

The Board advises member Associations on all relevant UK and European legislation and procedures and develops appropriate policies and codes of practice.

Other services provided include:-
•  Insurance cover, for members, instructors and Associations.
•  Promotion of a Nationally recognised Coaching Scheme in conjunction with UK Coaching / Sport England.
•  Organising a National Courses.
•  Supporting initiatives to encourage the teaching of Aikido in schools.
•  Publishing Newsletters and specialist information bulletins eg. Safeguarding and Coaching.

The Board has completed a number of initiatives, arising from the work of their major Governance Audit and through the adoption of a wide range of recommendations, contained in their Aikido Development Plan will support their key objective of encouraging all Aikido groups to join together under this “Aikido umbrella”.

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British Aikido Board


The National Governing Body for Aikido in the United Kingdom.
Aikido is a martial art founded by Morihei Ueshiba, that focuses on harmonising with your opponent, it can be practiced as a sport, self defence and an art using hand to hand and japanese weapons.

Disclosure & Barring Service for Associations

Associations are the primary ‘affiliation’ point within the BAB’s governance structure. Generally speaking, the BAB has no direct governance over individual aikidoka (although the BAB may invoke disciplinary/suspension procedures in certain circumstances).

In practical terms, this means that the Association is the Member of the BAB, rather than the individual club members. This therefore means that Associations are responsible for ‘policing’ their own clubs and members to ensure the whole organisation is compliant with the BAB’s mandatory policies and procedures*.

Associations offering training sessions to under 18s should appoint an Association Child Protection Officer [ACPO].

The ACPO should then work with individual dojos to assist them in appointing Club Welfare Officers (CWOs) where classes are offered to under 18s

The ACPO should be the main point of contact for all matters relating to safeguarding. Heads/Principals should be understand that ACPOs may need additional support and resources as to fulfil this role

*All policies and procedures can be viewed on here.

ACTION PLAN

  • Work with your CWOs to ensure all that you have identified all roles that fall within the scope of  Club Regulated Activity and therefore require you to undertake an Enhanced DBS check and Barred List check
  • As above – but identify roles which are not in RA but are still eligible for an Enhanced DBS check without a Barred List check
  • Ensure that DBS requirements are communicated effectively throughout your organisation.
  • Keep a master log of all checks undertaken.
  • Encourage and support all applicants to register for the DBS update service which is free for volunteers. Click here for more guidance.
  • Please click read the “Single Disclosure” information page to ensure your applicants understand the process. As it will be a criminal offence to allow a barred person to work in regulated activity, you may need to delay employment / deployment until the recruitment process is complete – or put appropriate supervision in place.

The BAB is fully aware that taking instructors and helpers through a full recruitment process is perceived by some Associations as challenging at best – and pointless at worst! Please  read this article by Dee Masters of Ken Shin Kai  as proof that it can be done – successfully and relatively painlessly

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