Name of Welfare Officer – Mick Murphy
Responsible to – The Management Committee
As the Club Welfare Officer for Metro Judo Club I can be contacted either via your child’s coach, or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any concerns about the welfare of any of our judoka please make contact with me in confidence. It is the responsibility of the whole club to ensure children’s welfare and everyone has a role to play.
My primary role is to be the first point of contact for staff/volunteers, parents and children/young people where there are concerns about the welfare of a child, poor practice or child abuse. Support is provided by the British Judo Association Lead Child Protection Officer, who will offer guidance in the event of any issue raised, and the Area Child Protection Committee. Confidentiality will be maintained in line with BJA policy, and I have a duty to advise the Management Committee on its approach and ensuring that this is monitored and reviewed.
Metro Judo Club Maidstone adheres to the policies as laid down in the ‘Safelandings’ document produced by the BJA. It is an important and comprehensive guide which sets out how we expect all our club members to behave and confirms that the welfare of the child is, and always must, be paramount. It explains how to recognise abuse and how to raise any concerns. It includes our Child Protection Policy, Whistle-blowing Policy Equality Policy and Codes of Conduct for coaches, volunteers, referees, parents and carers.
Metro Judo Club Online Safety and Social Media Policy
Metro Judo Club Maidstone Child protection policy
Statement of acceptable use of internet and social media
Code of Conduct for Parents / Carers
In addition to ‘Safelanding’s' the British Judo Association webiste has important information regarding where to seek help with mental health issues. Below are just some links:
NSPCC/O2 Helpline 0808 800 5002 – www.o2.co.uk/help/nspcc/child-protection
Childnet – www.childnet.com
The UK Safer Internet Centre – www.saferinternet.org.uk
This policy provides guidance on how Metro Judo Club Maidstone uses the internet and social media, and the procedures for doing so. It also outlines how we expect coaches, parents, volunteers, and the children and young people who are members of our club, to behave online.
The aims of our online safety policy are:
Understanding the online world
As part of using the internet and social media, our club will:
understand the safety aspects – including what is acceptable and unacceptable behaviour for our coaches and children – when using websites, social media, apps and other forms of digital communication
Managing our online presence
Our online presence through our website or social media platforms will adhere to the following guidelines:
We expect coaches and volunteers:
We expect children and young people:
Using mobile phones or other digital technology to communicate
Using mobile phones during sports activities
Pinewood Judo Club discourages the use of mobile phones during practice sessions/events and, as part of this policy, we will;
Use of other digital devices and programmes
The principles in this policy apply no matter which current or future technology is used – including computers, laptops, tablets, web-enable games consoles and smart TVs – and whether an app, programme or website is used.
If any digital devices are used as part of activities within the club:
As a club we commute to implementing this policy and addressing any concerns quickly and within these guidelines.
Further information for parents/carers on keeping children safe online
Metro Judo Club Maidstone acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice of the BJA requirements.
The policy recognises that the welfare and interests of children are paramount in all circumstances. It aims to ensure that regardless of age, ability or disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation, socio-economic background, all children
Metro Judo Club Maidstone acknowledges that some children, including disabled children and young people or those from ethnic minority communities, can be particularly vulnerable to abuse and we accept the responsibility to take reasonable and appropriate steps to ensure their welfare.
As part of our safeguarding policy we will
The policy and procedures will be widely promoted and are mandatory for everyone involved at Metro Judo Club Maidstone . Failure to comply with the policy and procedures will be addressed without delay and may ultimately result in dismissal/exclusion from the organisation.
The policy will be reviewed a year after development and then every three years, or in the following circumstances:
(Last reviewed January 2023)
Metro Judo Club Maidstone understands the importance of online communication for children’s and young people’s development. However, we recognise that relevant safeguards need to be put in place to ensure children and young people remain safe while online or using social media.
We ask that all parents / carers spend a few minutes to read through and discuss this statement with their child and then sign and return this form to your coach.
*Agreement of child / young person