CHild protection & guidance

SOCIAL MEDIA 

Staying safe online and especially on social media, has never been a bigger concern for individuals and organisations alike – including local sports clubs.
 

While social media provides excellent tools for helping your club engage with members and the public, it can also present a number of risks such as:

  • Cyber bullying- through posts which are upsetting to people and often inaccurate

  • Causing offence to individuals, or other clubs and organisations

  • Exposure to inappropriate content, or nasty comments and pictures

Our acceptable use policy includes but is not limited to:

  • Refraining from publishing comments about other clubs, referees and any controversial or potentially inflammatory subjects.

  •  Avoiding hostile or harassing communications in any posts or other online communications. Harassment is any offensive conduct based on a person`s race, sex, gender identity, national origin, colour, disability, age sexual orientation, veteran status, marital status, religion or any other status protected by law. 

  • Identifying all copyrighted or borrowed material with citations and links. When publishing direct paraphrased quotes, thoughts, ideas, photos or videos, give credit to the original publisher or author.

  • The club will be responsible for reviewing responses to online posts and resolving any concerns before they are posted.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Sports organisations and clubs benefit from using images of young participants to promote and celebrate activities, events and competitions. Some coaches also find it helpful to use photographs or videos as a tool to support a young athlete’s skills development.

However, the use of photos and videos on websites and social media, and in posters, the press or other publications, can pose direct and indirect risks to children and young people if not managed correctly.

We minimise this risk with steps including but not limited to:

  • seeking parents’ consent to take and use images of individual or smaller groups of participants in which their child would easily be recognisable

  • letting parents know how, where and in what context an image may be used – for example, on a public website, through social media or in a printed resource

  • making parents aware of our policy on using children's images, and of the way these represent the organisation or activity

  • completing a parental consent form for use of images of children, as part of the process for registering and consenting the child’s participation

  • asking for the child's permission to use their image to ensure they’re aware of how the image may be used 

Our initial consent form includes permission to photograph and publish images on social media and in the news. If you have any concerns, this should be raised when discussing initial consent when joining the organisation, you could also contact our welfare officer.

DBS POLICY

All coaches and volunteers are subject to up to date enhanced DBS checks in all circumstances. 

 

LSK Martial Arts complies with the Code of Practice regarding the correct handling, use, storage, retention and disposal of certificates and certificate information. It also complies fully with its obligations under the Data Protection Act 1998 and other relevant legislation pertaining to the safe handling, use, storage, retention and disposal of certificate information.

WELFARE OFFICER

For more information, or to report any safeguarding concerns, please feel free to contact our Welfare Officer, detailed below.

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You may also wish to contact the safeguarding team of WAKO GB, our governing body.

In event of an emergency please contact our Lead Safeguarding Officer, Police or the NSPCC. Contact details can be found below:

GORDON MITCHELL
Safeguarding Officer
safeguarding@wakogb.com

Another option for reporting a safeguarding concern is via the Sport England Safeguarding Code:

https://www.safeguardingcode.com/report-concern

HOW DO I JOIN?

View our class timetable here or book online.

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