We have a duty of care to all our students but particularly
towards the children who practise in our dojos.
In acknowledging this duty of care, we recognise the need
to ensure that our younger students feel safe and happy in
the dojo and to do all we can to ensure that abuse, in any
form, does not occur within the British Ki Society (‘BKS’).
Abuse can take many forms: sexual, physical, verbal, emotional.
We must also be aware of the potential for abuse to occur
away from practice, in the home or at school and be ready
to help any student, who may see his or her instructor as
the only person s/he can trust to help with problems occurring
Our Society falls under the umbrella of the British Aikido
Board (‘BAB’), which has drawn up a Child
Protection Policy, providing procedures and guidelines,
with the aim of ensuring that abuse doesn’t occur within
its member organisations.
Anyone under the age of 18 is classed as a child in the eyes
of the law.
The new Protection of Freedoms Act came into force on 10th
September and affects all BKS clubs where under 18-year-olds
are taught. Please read the attached document by clicking
Therefore, all instructors of students under the age of 18
should become familiar with the content of the policy, which
is available on the BAB website
If you instruct anyone under 18 years of age, please note
- You and any assistant instructors will require a DBS('Disclosure
and Barring Service') check to be undertaken through the
BAB, via the Child Protection Officer for the BKS;
- You should never teach under-18s alone: there must always
be at least one other adult assisting you.
The CRB is a Home Office department through which applicant
organisations can check an individual’s criminal background:
information is treated confidentially.
All instructors teaching persons under 18 years of age must now have a check in place, in order
for them to be able to renew their Instructors’ Personal
Indemnity Insurance through the BAB.
As well as protecting the child, the Child Protection Policy
also protects the instructors, by offering guidelines on what
is acceptable behaviour/conduct before during and after practice,
e.g, first aid, changing facilities, prevention of accidents
by exercising care in the way we practise.
To help clubs implement the Child Protection policy and address
any issues arising from our desire to safeguard the wellbeing
of our younger students, The British Ki Society has appointed
a Child Protection Officer, Claire Hughes of Llantrisant Ki
All clubs teaching children have been provided with advice
and membership registration documentation, by the Child Protection
Officer. If any club begins teaching minors or Vulnerable
Adults, please contact the Child Protection Officer for advice
on policies and procedures for the safety and protection of
the students and club.
Claire can be contacted by e-mail at email@example.com
or by telephone on 07761 834668.