Name of Welfare Officer – Tina Bonny
Responsible to – The Management Committee
As the Club Welfare Officer for Pinewood 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.
Pinewood Judo Club 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.
Code of Conduct for Parents / Carers
- Encourage your child to learn the rules and play within them
- Discourage unfair play and arguing with officials
- Help your child to recognise good performance, not just results
- Never force your child to take part in Judo
- Set a good example by recognising fair play and applauding the good performances of all
- Never punish or belittle a child for losing or making mistakes
- Publicly accept officials’ judgements
- Support your child’s involvement and help them to enjoy their Judo
- Use correct and proper language at all times
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