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 - which can be viewed here - has been developed through close consultation between us, representatives from martial arts governing bodies and those with years of expertise in safeguarding, including the Child Protection in Sport Unit, the Ann Craft Trust and the National Working Group

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 - however they will need to register on the site and select the appropriate category to achieve the mark.

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 - again, they will need to register on the site and select the appropriate category to achieve the mark.

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

The Safeguarding Code in Martial Arts covers 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. 

To find out more and to register and start working towards the Safeguarding code please visit the Safeguarding Code in Martial Arts website.