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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.

How to report a concern

It’s not the responsibility of those working in aikido to decide whether or not child abuse is occurring. But it is their responsibility to act on concerns about inappropriate behaviour, abuse or bullying.

In aikido clubs the first person to contact should be your Club Welfare Officer (CWO). If the club does not have a CWO – or you do not know who they are – you must still take action.

You can contact the BAB’s Lead Safeguarding Officer (details here) or your local Children’s Social Services.

If action needs to be taken urgently to safeguard a child, contact the police by dialling 999.

If you are unsure about what to do then you can always chat through your concerns – in confidence – by calling the NSPCC’s 24 hour Helpline on NSPCC helpline.

 

 

If you have a concern or complaint then you need to act. Initially we advise you to contact the club concerned.

  • ‘Concerns’ can often be dealt with informally within the club. Hopefully after a discussion with the relevant people they can be resolved to everyone’s satisfaction.
  • ‘Complaints’ differ to ‘concerns’ in as much as they are subject to a more formal procedure i.e. cannot be easily resolved by a general chat within the club. It might be, for example, that the concern is about someone ‘in charge’ – or you have tried to resolve it locally without any success

This section concerns complaints from parents which cannot be resolved at club level. The nominated person appointed to deal with complaints is the BAB Lead Safeguarding Officer.

The procedure is staged and our hope is that issues will be resolved quickly and informally. However, the policy also provides a clear procedure that can be followed in situations where a parent/carer feels this has not been possible.

There are three possible stages:

Stage 1 – Informal Procedure

If there is any aspect of your child’s time within a BAB Club that you are not happy with (and that you cannot resolve locally) please contact us immediately and we will endeavour to arrive at a resolution that is satisfactory for all involved.

If a resolution is not found within 10 working days then you may wish to proceed to stage 2.

Stage 2 – Formal Procedure

If the issue cannot be resolved using Stage 1, you should make your complaint in writing to the BAB Lead Safeguarding Officer (please include an email address and telephone number). Upon receipt of a written complaint we will endeavour to contact you within 7 working days to acknowledge receipt of letter and inform you of the procedure that we will follow in order to resolve the complaint.

The BAB Lead Safeguarding Officer will need to discuss the matter with relevant staff and/or students to carry out necessary investigations and give the matter full and detailed consideration with the input of senior colleagues. The outcome of this will be communicated in writing within 21 working days and will offer reasoning alongside proposed or taken actions. Written records will be kept of all aspects of the investigation/complaint and will be held in accordance with the BAB’s data handling policy.

If the parent/carer is not satisfied with the decision arising from Stage 2, they should proceed to stage 3

Stage 3 – Independent Panel Hearing

Complainants who are not satisfied by the Stage 2 of the BAB’s Complaint Handling procedure must write to the BAB Chairperson within 10 working days and request that the complaint be further considered by an independent panel.

On receipt of this letter the BAB Chairperson will be responsible for the appointment of a panel to consider the matter further. The panel will consist of 3 people not directly involved in the matter, e.g. Trustees, Executive Committee members). You may be asked to contribute further to this meeting (by phone or Skype or in person).

Minutes will be taken by the Chair of the panel and parents/ carers will be notified within 21 working days of the result of this meeting.

We suggest that you talk to your parents or carers so that they can support you.
You can follow the same procedure as for “Parents” – however if you don’t have the support of your parents/carers the BAB will appoint someone to support you and represent your interest

REMEMBER – YOU CAN ALWAYS CONTACT CHILDLINE ON 0800 11 11    or visit http://www.childline.org.uk/

ACTION TO TAKE IF THE INCIDENT OCCURRED INSIDE THE SPORT

If a child informs you directly that he/she is being abused in an Aikido environment
OR,
through your own observations
OR,
through a third party you become aware of possible abuse or poor practice within the Aikido environment.

You must REACT IMMEDIATELY.   Follow the template below:

 

 

This page is part of the BAB Safeguarding Policy which is held as a PDF document in the download area (shown below) and should be considered as the only reference document.

Although these pages will be kept up to date as much as possible they may not be as current or may be abridged in comparison to the Safeguarding Policy. After reading any information here please reconfirm from the latest version of the Safeguarding Policy.

ACTION TO TAKE IF  A SAFEGUARDING INCIDENT OCCURRED OUTSIDE THE SPORT

If a child informs you directly that he/she is being abused in outside the Aikido environment
OR,
through your own observations
OR,
through a third party you become aware of possible abuse or poor practice, follow the template below:

 

 

This page is part of the BAB Safeguarding Policy which is held as a PDF document in the download area (shown below) and should be considered as the only reference document.

Although these pages will be kept up to date as much as possible they may not be as current or may be abridged in comparison to the Safeguarding Policy. After reading any information here please reconfirm from the latest version of the Safeguarding Policy.

 

Dealing with allegations

Any allegations involving child welfare must be taken seriously, acted upon and treated confidentially. Children have a right to be believed and have their concerns acted on. All information received and discussed must be only be shared with those who will be able to manage and/or resolve the situation.

If an allegation is made against a particular person in aikido, the outcome may include any or all of the following:

  • The club may immediately ask the person to leave the club (without prejudice) while an investigation is carried out. This is a precaution to protect all parties involved.
  • On completion of the investigation, the BAB will help the club decide whether it’s appropriate for the person to return to work with children in aikido, and how this will be managed.
  • The BAB will signpost sources of support for the person about whom allegations have been made
Safeguarding
Anti - Bullying PolicyMarch 201013-10-2011
Appendix J to the BAB Child Protection PolicyRevised Jun 200813-10-2011
BAB Case Management & Streering Groups minutes April 2020Ver 119-05-2010
BAB Child Safeguarding and Protection Policy (CSPP) See supporting Document ListJuly 201529-04-2018
BAB Child Safeguarding Policy - (October 2010)October 2010 Version 1.113-10-2011
Changing Room Policy - Including Club responsibilities after a training sessionMarch 201013-10-2011
Child Transport PolicyMarch 201013-10-2011
Club Welfare Officer Support Pack to Accompany CPSU Safeguarding DVDVer 120-04-2010
Criminal Records Bureau Enhanced Disclosures and Independent Authority RegistrationMarch 201022-03-2010
Dress CodeMarch 201022-03-2010
Drugs and Weight Management - Sport AikidoMarch 201022-03-2010
Electronic CommunicationsMarch 201022-03-2010
Guidance on Children and Adults on the mat togetherMarch 201022-03-2010
Information Sheet - Complaints or Allegation against BAB MemberVer 1 Dec 200914-01-2010
Inportant Information re CRB Checks Decmber 2009Dec 200922-01-2010
Joining a Club - Suggested Welcome letter to Parents & ChildrenMarch 201022-03-2010
Photographic and Image PolicyMarch 201013-10-2011
Recruitment and DBS Guidance5th May 201610-03-2017
Relay Issue 10 - Child Protection in Sports Unit NewletterAutumn 200906-11-2009
Role of the Association Child Protection OfficerMarch 201022-03-2010
Role of the BAB Child Protection Case Management Group (CMG)March 201022-03-2010
Role of the BAB Child Protection Steering GroupMarch 201022-03-2010
Role of the Club Welfare OfficerMarch 201022-03-2010
Safeguarding - Action to take if the incident occurred inside the sport (flow chart)March 201022-03-2010
Safeguarding - Action to take if the incident occurred outside the sport (flow chart)March 201022-03-2010
Safeguarding - Late Collection PolicyMarch 201013-10-2011
Safeguarding - Missing Child PolicyMarch 201013-10-2011
Safeguarding - The Coach Code of Conduct and responsibilities within their relationship of trustMarch 201022-03-2010
Safeguarding Incident Report FormMarch 201022-03-2010
Safeguarding Recruitment Policy - Volunteers & EmployeesMarch 201022-03-2010
Supporting document for BAB Child Safeguarding and Protection Policy (CSPP)29 April 201829-04-2018
The law on smacking children (From Children`s Legal Centre)None06-11-2009
Useful Child Safeguarding Contact Details - (Information sheet for clubs)March 201022-03-2010
Vetting and Barring Scheme GuidanceOctober 200906-11-2009
Vulnerable Adults Info Sheet22/9/201122-09-2011
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