Child protection and safeguarding

Karate as a martial art, sport and recreational pastime has a duty of care to safeguard all children and young people who participate in it from harm.

The English Shotokan Academy (ESA) is committed to ensuring that those working with children and vulnerable young people adopt the best practice to ensure the health, safety and welfare of both participants and staff. The Association will endeavour to ensure the highest standards of care for all members, coaches, volunteers and any other connected people by:-

  • Applying the Sport England guidelines for child protection.
  • Adopting and applying the Sport England guidelines for Health and Safety.
  • Appointing a Child Protection Officer.
  • Appointing a professional Health and Safety Advisor.
  • Ensuring all coaches are appropriately trained in Child Protection and Health & Safety issues.
  • Ensuring all coaches are CRB cleared.
  • Applying best practice coaching methods at all times.
  • Holding regular update meeting with coaches / volunteers.
  • Adopting a grievance procedure that ensures the grievances and complaints are promptly dealt with in a fair and equitable manner.
  • Adopting a Zero Tolerance policy towards bullying, poor coaching practice, indiscriminate behaviour or unacceptable behaviour from anyone involved in the running of the Association or Affiliated Clubs.
  • Ensuring that all participants enjoy the right of practicing their martial art in an environment that is free from intimidation, harassment and abuse