Safeguarding in martial arts

Some young judo students, boys and girls

Achieving the Safeguarding Code in Martial Arts will recognise clubs or providers who have reached and maintained excellent safeguarding standards. It will empower parents and carers to make informed decisions when selecting a club or provider for their child.

The code has been developed through close consultation between us, representatives from martial arts governing bodies and those with years of expertise in safeguarding. Support was also provided by the Child Protection in Sport Unit

Who can achieve the code?

The Safeguarding Code in Martial Arts can be achieved by governing bodies, associations and organisations. It can also be achieved by clubs or by instructors, coaches and teachers outside of a club structure.

British Judo, British Taekwondo Council and British Wrestling are recognised by and have received core funding from us. They've achieved the Advanced Standards for Safeguarding and so automatically gain the Safeguarding Code in Martial Arts standard.

If a club is affiliated to any of the following martial arts: Aikido, Chinese martial arts, Judo, Ju-Jitsu, Kendo, Taekwondo,Tang Soo Do - and has achieved Clubmark accreditation (or the equivalent for their sport) they will automatically gain the code's standard.

All other organisations, associations, clubs, private companies and sole trading instructors/coaches/teachers involved in martial arts are able to pledge to work towards the Safeguarding Code in Martial Arts.  

Pledge today

When the Safeguarding Code in Martial Arts is fully operational this summer, you’ll be able to complete a simple online application form and upload your evidence to support the different elements of the code. The online portal will contain further detail on the code's specific requirements. There'll also be videos, guidance and templates to support your achievement of the code and the ongoing safeguarding of young people within your lessons/sessions. If you'd like further information on which areas the code will cover, please read this framework that we've put together. You'll see that the code cover the following five broad areas:

  • Policy: having a comprehensive safeguarding policy in place that has been updated in the last three years
  • Procedures / systems: covering areas such as reporting concern, through to recruitment of staff and volunteers
  • Practices: covering codes of conduct for children, coaches and parents through to practical guidance on the use of social media
  • Education and training: ensuring that coaches are appropriately qualified and have undertaken safeguarding training
  • Implementing and monitoring: ensuring that policies are reviewed regularly and that risk assessments are in place. 

You can make an online pledge today to work towards the standards and sign up to be notified by us as soon as the application portal goes live. This will ensure you are amongst the first to work towards this recognition.

Make your pledge

If you're a parent, carer, teacher, young person or someone who works with young people, then please encourage any martial arts providers you know to pledge today.