Child Protection Strategy
Display – this Strategy is to be placed in a location within the Dojo visible to all members and visitors.
- Aikido Yuishinkai Canberra is committed to the safety, protection and wellbeing of children during training in Aikido.
- The purpose of the Strategy is to recognise, assess, and take steps to mitigate the risks to children during Aikido training.
- This Strategy is additional to the precautions and risk management inherent in the Code of Conduct.
Student Register – A register of students will be maintained which will include the following details for each student:
- Emergency contact name and phone number(s) for parents/guardians; plus one other nominated adult emergency contact;
- Any physical or other restrictions, health issues or impediments;
- Any custody or family issues that the parent wishes to be taken into account;
- Details of persons authorised to collect children from the Dojo.
Code of Conduct – In addition to the provisions of the Student Code of Conduct the following items are to be adhered to with respect to children training in Aikido:
- The Student Code of Conduct and the Indemnity must be signed by a parent or guardian before the child can commence training.
- Students and parents/guardians are required to abide by the terms and conditions of the Student Code of Conduct and the Indemnity as a condition for the child training.
- Any health, custody or other issues which may affect the safety, protection and wellbeing of the child are to be communicated to the Instructor(s) upon commencing training and on an ongoing basis. The Instructor concerned must record the information and ensure it is passed to the other Instructors and the Head Dojo Instructor.
- All children are to be delivered to the dojo by an adult or to be in possession of a note authorising the child to attend on that date by themselves. In the latter case the note must detail the arrangements for the child to return home after training.
- Children are not to leave the dojo unless in the company of a parent, guardian, or authorised person, or without a written note from a parent or guardian permitting the child to return home themselves. Failing these options the child is to remain in the Instructor’s care. The Instructor will contact the parent/guardian accordingly and retain care of the child until suitable arrangements ensue.
- Parents will advise the instructor if their child is to leave the class early, so the Instructor can account for the location of all children under their supervision.
- All Instructors will be subject to the successful result of a check by the Australian Federal Police.
- A sensible Student:Instructor ratio will be maintained. Where there are concerns the ratio does not allow for safe supervision the Instructor will raise the issue with the Head Dojo Instructor, who will make arrangements for additional instructors or class options.
- Parents, guardians or other adults are not permitted to assist their children in any way during the class unless at the Instructor’s request, nor to come onto the mat or to partake in the class in any way. Dojo policy is for parents and guardians to deliver their child then to leave and return to pick them up at the end of the class.
- Any physical contact with children is to be:
- Appropriate to the situation;
- In accordance with the safety precautions appropriate to the activity;
- Necessary and appropriate for the activity and the child’s skill development within it.
- It is inherent in martial arts training that calculated and appropriate risk is required to perform the art. This activity is part of the skill and personal growth that the art is performed to learn and is a required part of the curriculum. These activities will be performed in a controlled, supervised environment. Activities will be appropriate to the age, size, skill, experience and health and other issues of the child. Aikido Yuishinkai Canberra recognises that Instructors will need to provide support, encouragement and supervision additional to that that adult students require.
- Part of the Aikido curriculum is the learning of skills in the traditional weapons of sword, staff and knife. These teach the basic principles of Aikido and are significant vehicles for the concepts of skills for daily life that Aikido disseminates. Children will not undertake weapons training unless:
- They have are at least Green belt in grade;
- They are a suitable age;
- They have demonstrated suitable maturity and self-control;
- They have had the safety precautions explained and demonstrated to them by an instructor;
- They are under the continual supervision of an Instructor with the appropriate skill and experience.
- Injuries are to be recorded in the Injury Register and reported in accordance with the Aikido Yuishinkai insurance policy procedures and to the Head Dojo Instructor.
- Instructors are to have a current first aid qualification where possible, and at least one Instructor must have such a qualification.
Reporting Inappropriate Behaviour – Concerns regarding the behaviour of any persons towards children in the dojo, or regarding any breaches of this Strategy are to be immediately brought to the attention of the Instructor.
The Instructor is then required to take immediate steps to resolve the issue and to advise the Head Dojo Instructor. The Head Dojo Instructor will review the incident with the Instructor, and if necessary with the reporting person. Where possible matters will be addressed internally by the Head Dojo Instructor first, but may be reported to the Police as appropriate.
Parents or guardians can approach the Head Dojo Instructor directly, but must inform the Instructor of any incident or behaviour of concern at the time it is observed.
Aikido Yuishinkai Australia maintains sports insurance cover for instructors.
It is highly recommended that students seek sports insurance cover from a provider. Instructors can provide limited information on request.
Please view the Indemnity here.
Students, or their guardian, are required to sign the official indemnity and waiver before training can be commenced.