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Silwood Park Karate Privacy
Silwood Park Karate is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.
Silwood Park Karate may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy is effective from 21/4/18.
What we collect
We may collect the following information:
Your Child's name and a next of kin name
Contact information including email address, telephone number and an address
Relevant medical information about the member
We keep track of your financial transactions between yourselves and Silwood Park Karate for accounting purposes.
We keep historical records of events you have attended and grades awarded or competitions won.
We may take photos & video footage during lessons or at events.
What we do with the information we gather
We require this information to allow us to contact you, register you for your personal Perkins Slade insurance and protect the health and welfare of the member, and in particular for the following reasons:
Internal record keeping.
We may use the information to improve our products and services.
We may periodically send promotional emails about competitions & events, merchandise for sale, information about changes to lessons (e.g. snow closures) or use of the school site or other information relevant to the running and promotion of Silwood Park Karate
We require knowledge of medical information of the member that may be relevant to the provision of first aid during training should an accident or illness occur. Karate is a physical activity and it is important we are aware of medical issues that may effect the instruction we give, in order to avoid injury.
We require your address so that in the rare event you forget your child, we are able to return them to you (it has happened!).
We never pass on your information to any 3rd parties, it is for our use only.
We may use appropriate photos or video footage for promotional purposes on our Facebook page or club website. You have the option for your photo or video footage to not be used. However, the member's photo may still be taken within in group shots during events or training and deleted later. This is to avoid embarrassment of the member and due to the practicality of taking pictures of groups of people
We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.
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1. Statement of Intent
The member clubs of Kent Shotokan Karate Clubs (KSKC) believes that it is always unacceptable for a child or young person to experience abuse of any kind and recognises its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children and young people, by a commitment to practice that which protects them.
For safeguarding concerns please contact:
Gillian Rose at email@example.com or phone 01344 440328.
The KSKC safeguarding officer is Mel Kirk, contactable at
firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01634 371544
We recognise that:
The welfare of the child is paramount.
All children, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity, have the right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse. This policy applies to all children and young people.
Working in partnership with children, young people, their parents and carers and other agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare.
The purpose of the policy:
To provide protection for the children and young people who receive the services of the KSKC, including the children of adult members or users.
To provide staff and volunteers with guidance on procedures they should adopt in the event that they suspect a child or young person may be experiencing, or be at risk of harm.
1.1 This policy applies to all staff, paid staff, volunteers, or anyone acting on behalf of the KSKC.
1.2 This policy follows guidance from, and adheres to, the Kent and Medway Safeguarding Children procedures (updated version 2017) and “What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused” (2015)
1.3 We will review our safeguarding policy and procedures annually to ensure they are still relevant and effective. Or when there are any significant changes to the way services are delivered or any new legislation.
1.4 The words “child” and “children” are used to refer to children and young people.
There will be a named person for safeguarding who will be responsible for dealing with any concerns about the protection of children. The designated safeguarding co-ordinator is Mrs Mel Kirk. In her absence it is Mr Glen Wright.
All staff/volunteers will be vetted appropriately and as required by law through DBS checks.
All staff/volunteers will, as their induction, be given this document and basic training in safe conduct, what to do if they have concerns for a child and recognising reasons for concern.
All staff/volunteers will be monitored and have supervision to ensure the safeguarding policy is followed and their practises are in keeping with this policy and it’s procedures, as well as all relevant policies of this organisation.
All staff/volunteers will be aware of the procedure for dealing with allegations against staff, volunteers and those outside of the organisation.
All staff will be aware of how to record concerns in a confidential manner and know what the organisations information sharing arrangements are.
Children and young people, their parents and carers will be informed about the safeguarding policy, what they should do if they have concerns and who the designated safeguarding co-ordinator is. We will convey this information by e-mail and newsletters.
This document will contain details of contacts for other agencies and resources.
There will be a complaints and whistle blowing procedure.
Special provisions have been made due to members of the organisation taking children away on trips on occasions.
Different categories of abuse
2.1 Child abuse can be in the form of neglect, physical injury, sexual abuse or emotional abuse inflicted or knowingly not prevented, which causes significant harm or death.
2.2 Abuse can take place within a family, in an institutional or community setting, by telephone or on the Internet. Someone known to the child or a complete stranger may carry out abuse. Some abuse can be face to face, via the telephone, texting, emails, social networking or any other form of written/verbal contact.
2.3 Physical abuse takes place when a child is physically hurt or injured by hitting, shaking, squeezing, burning, biting or attempting to drown or suffocate them. Physical abuse also includes giving a child alcohol, inappropriate drugs, poison or failing to prevent physical injury. It can also be caused by a parent/carer deliberately causing ill health of a child in order to seek attention.
2.4 Sexual abuse includes enticing or forcing a child to engage in fondling, masturbation, oral or anal intercourse or full sexual intercourse, making a child observe inappropriate behaviour and showing a child pornographic materials; whether or not the child is aware of what is happening.
2.5 Emotional abuse is persistent or severe emotional ill treatment or rejection that has, or is likely to have, a serious effect on the child’s development. It occurs when a child’s need for love, security, praise and recognition is not met. This can include withholding love, constantly shouting and threatening or demeaning the child, being persistently over protective or undermining a child’s self esteem and prevent them developing a positive self-image. It may result from children being prevented from having social contact with others. Emotional abuse usually, although not always, co-exists with other forms of abuse.
2.6 Neglect occurs when any of a child’s basic needs are not met, these needs include physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual needs. Examples of neglect include children being left alone in possibly dangerous situations or left alone at an inappropriate age or being denied access to education or proper health care or not having adequate food, clothing or shelter.
2.7 It is also important to consider bullying as a abuse as it may play a part in form of other recognised abuses. Bullying is deliberately hurtful behaviour, usually repeated over a period of time. Bullying can be physical verbal or emotional. Although bullying normally involved child and their peers adults can also inflict it. The damage inflicted by bullying can frequently be underestimated. Bullying can cause considerable distress to children, to the extent that it affects their health and development or, at the extreme, cause them significant harm (including self harm).
3. How to recognise the signs of abuse
3.1 Each type of abuse can have possible signs and effect behaviour. This list is not exhaustive and recognising the signs and behaviour does not necessarily mean a child is being abused. They may help you identify if something is wrong, the possibility of abuse should be investigated if a child shows a number of signs or any of them to a distinct degree. Many signs are applicable to more than one type of abuse. Alternatively the child may show no outward signs of abuse.
· Unexplained recurrent injuries or burns. Finger, bite and pinch shaped bruising, scratches and bruising to face, cigarette and shaped burns, fractures in young/small children and bald patches can all be signs of abuse.
· Improbable excuses or refusal to explain injuries.
· Wearing clothes to cover injuries, even in hot weather.
· Refusal to undress for activities requiring change of clothes.
· Chronic running away.
· Fear of medical help or examination.
· Self-destructive tendencies.
· Aggression towards others.
· Fear of physical contact - shrinking back if touched or flinching at sudden movements.
· Admitting that they are punished, but the punishment is excessive (such as a child being beaten every night to 'make him study')
· Fear of going home or of suspected abuser being contacted.
· Being overly affectionate or knowledgeable in a sexual way inappropriate to the child's age and more concerned with sexual matters.
· Medical problems such as chronic itching, pain in the genitals, venereal diseases.
· Other extreme reactions, such as depression, self-mutilation, and suicide attempts, running away, overdoses, anorexia.
· Personality changes such as becoming insecure or clinging.
· Regressing to younger behaviour patterns such as thumb sucking or bringing out discarded cuddly toys.
· Being isolated, fearful or withdrawn.
· Inability to concentrate.
· Lack of trust or fear of someone they know well, such as not wanting to be alone with another member of staff or volunteer.
· Starting to wet again, day or night/nightmares, with no physical cause.
· Become worried about clothing being removed.
· Suddenly drawing sexually explicit pictures.
· Trying to be 'ultra-good', overly compliant or perfect, overreacting to criticism.
· Unexplained sources of gifts/money.
· Talks about “a friend” being abused.
· Physical, mental and emotional development lags i.e. speech delay, poor verbal ability and lack of communication skills. Lack of concentration and learning problems.
· Sudden speech disorders.
· Continual self-depreciation and low self esteem ('I'm stupid, ugly, worthless, etc')
· Overreaction to mistakes.
· Attention seeking and lack of appropriate boundaries with strangers.
· Extreme/unreasonable fear of any new situation.
· Inappropriate response to pain ('I deserve this') and inappropriate emotional responses to stressful situations.
· Neurotic/obsessive behaviour (rocking, hair twisting, self-mutilation).
· Extremes of passivity or aggression.
· Alcohol, drugs and solvent misuse.
· Eating disorders (over or under eating).
· Constant hunger, compulsive scavenging or stealing (for food and clothes) and emaciation.
· Poor personal hygiene, poor skin/hair.
· Constant tiredness.
· Poor state of clothing or inappropriate clothing for conditions.
· Untreated medical problems.
· No social relationships and withdrawal from relationships with other children.
· Destructive tendencies or repeated accidents.
· Frequent lateness or non-attendance to activities.
Change in behaviour and avoidance or certain activities but not others.
Unexplained damaged property.
Repeatedly “lost” money.
Unexplained bruising (also sign of physical abuse).
4. How to respond to signs of abuse
4.1 If you recognise signs of abuse keep a written record of any physical or behavioural signs or symptoms. If patterns emerge or signs become frequent report them to your designation safeguarding coordinator. Try and be specific and write down what you have actually seen so that your notes can be used as evidence in any investigation. It may be a good idea to record what you have seen on a body map (included in the appendix B) for an accurate record that cannot be misinterpreted.
4.2 If you suspect abuse you must report your suspicions to the designated safeguarding coordinator who will be able to deal with your concerns.
5. How to respond to allegations of abuse against a member of staff
5.1 If the concerns are about the appointed Safeguarding Officer report your concerns to the Deputy Appointed Person. If they are unavailable report your concerns directly to the local authority Customer First line or the Police, who will advise on the action to be taken including advice on contacting parents. Alternatively contact the NSPCC for advice (0808 800 5000).
5.2 It is crucial that all allegations are taken seriously and appropriate action taken. It is important that any concerns for the welfare of the young person, arising from abuse, poor practice or harassment by a member of staff or volunteers, should be reported immediately.
5.3 Suspension will not be an automatic response to allegations. The seriousness and plausibility of the allegation will be considered along with the risk of harm to children and the possibility of tampering with evidence, as well as the interests of the person concerned and the organisation.
5.4 All incidents should be investigated internally after any external investigation has finished, to review organisation practice and put in place any additional measures to prevent a similar thing happening again.
6. How to respond to allegations of abuse against someone not working in the group
6.1 Report the concerns to the appointed Safeguarding coordinator immediately who will report the concerns directly to the local authority customer first line or Police who will advise on the action to be taken, including advice on contacting parents.
6.2 If you cannot contact the appointed Safeguarding Officer or their deputy report your concerns immediately to the local authority or Police who will advise you appropriately. Should you wish to seek expert advice to help you decide on the best course of action you can contact the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000 or Child line on 0800 1111.
7. How to respond to a child telling you about abuse
7.1 If a child tells you about abuse:
· Stay calm and be reassuring, respond with tact and sensitivity. Don’t make judgements.
· Find a quieter place to talk and allow the child to speak in their own time, this should still be in the open but away from the crowd and you should tell somewhere else where you are going and who with.
· Believe in what you are being told; take allegations or suspicion of abuse seriously.
· Listen, possibly confirm details but do not press for information or ask leading questions as this may void any disclosure you receive in a court case or investigation.
· Make brief notes using the person’s own words. Do not interpret what has been said or make assumptions.
· Say that you are glad that the child told you. Do not promise confidentiality and discuss who you need to tell. Do not investigate the allegation yourself and do not contact the parents/carers in the first instance until advised to do so by the local authority/officer in charge of the allegation.
· If it will help the child to cope say that the abuser has a problem.
· Say that you will do your best to protect and support the child.
· If necessary, seek medical help and contact the police or social services. Ensure the safety of the child and that they are away from the alleged abuser.
· Acknowledge that the child may have angry, sad or even guilty feelings about what happened, but stress that the abuse was not the child's fault. Acknowledge that you will probably need help dealing with your own feelings and your organisation should provide additional support.
· Follow procedures for reporting allegations and suspicions to the designated safeguarding coordinator.
8. How information will be recorded
8.1 Referrals to the designated safeguarding person should be clearly documented. Any notes made during a disclosure should also be passed onto the designated person. These records will be kept in a locked drawer/cabinet. The documents will be made available to the police or social care and the designated person for safeguarding will follow the guidance for information sharing. Those expressing their concerns must not consult others in the first instance.
8.2 Your report of concern should contain, as far as possible, the following:
Items to be included in a Record of Concern
Name of child
Name of parent/carer(s) (if available)
Phone numbers for parent/carer(s) and child (If available)
What is said to have happened or what was seen?
When and where did it occur?
Who else, if anyone, was involved and how?
What was said by those involved?
Were there any obvious signs e.g., bruising, bleeding changed behaviour?
Was the child able to say what happened, if so, how did they describe it and record using their words?
Who has been told about it and when?
Do the parents know?
Signature of person filing the record and their name
Date of record
A completed body map (where appropriate) See appendix B
9.1 The legal principle that the “welfare of the child is paramount” means that taking action to safeguard the child is most important. Privacy and confidentiality should be respected, but if doing this leaves a child at risk of harm, the child’s safety has to come first. If you are worried about a child’s safety it should be reported to those that need to know, respecting the child’s/families/staff’s right to privacy. It is fine to say that a concern has been raised and it is being dealt with following the group’s procedures.
10. Designated safeguarding person
10.1 The designated person (and their deputy) needs to complete safeguarding awareness training and have a good understanding of “What to do if you are worried a child is being abused”. They will have an enhanced DBS check.
10.2 The role of the designated safeguarding person is to:
· know about the signs and symptoms of abuse and know how abusers behave.
· ensure the organisations safeguarding policy and procedures are followed and updated.
· ensure information is shared appropriately.
· receive and record information from anyone who has concerns and store information in a locked drawer/cupboard.
· assess the information promptly and carefully, clarifying or obtaining more information when they need to.
· consult initially with a statutory safeguarding agency; such as the local children’s social care teams or the NSPCC’s safeguarding helpline (0808 800 5000), to talk about any doubts or uncertainty.
· make a formal referral to a statutory safeguarding agency or police.
10.3 The designated person must have relevant contact number and addresses of statutory agencies in their area.
10.4 If you have concerns that a child in Medway may be suffering from harm please contact:
Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)
Tel: 01344 352005
Or: when out of hours 01344786543
NSPCC 0808 800 5000
If you have concerns that a child in Kent may be suffering from harm please contact:
Kent police (Child abuse investigation unit)
(These calls are answered by the Kent Police Force Communications Centre in Maidstone. You will be diverted to the person best able to respond to your call)
Kent Children’s social services
Any club outside Kent should contact their local authority for the relevant contact details of their area and insert in their policy.
11. Code of conduct for everyone
11.1 This code applies to all staff and volunteers.
treat all children equally and with respect.
provide an example of good conduct you wish others to follow.
ensure that, whenever possible, there is more than one adult present during activities with children (or where the staff member or volunteer is under 18) or at least that you are within sight or hearing of others. If you are asked to talk in private ensure someone else knows where you are and leave a door ajar or stay in clear view, always make a note of the conversation, tell the child or young person they are free to leave or stop talking at anytime.
respect a young person’s right to personal privacy/encourage young people and adults to feel comfortable and caring enough to point out attitudes or behaviour they do not like.
remember that someone else might misinterpret your actions, no matter how well intentioned.
be aware that physical contact with a child may be misinterpreted
recognise that special caution is required when you are discussing sensitive issues with children.
operate within the organisation’s principles and guidance and any specific procedures.
challenge unacceptable behaviour and report all allegations/suspicions of abuse.
You must not:
engage in sexual activity with a young person (even if they are over 18) you have met through your duties within the organisation, this would be an abuse of trust.
invite a child to your home or arrange to see them outside set activity hours.
give out personal contact details or contact them unnecessarily outside of activity hours.
give child gifts personally, any appropriate gifts such as token birthday gifts should come from the organisation. You should not accept gifts from children unless they are small token gifts appropriate to a celebration. All gifts must be reported to your club instructor.
lend or borrow any money or property.
allow yourself to be drawn into inappropriate attention-seeking behaviour/make suggestive or derogatory remarks or gestures in front of children.
jump to conclusions about others without checking facts.
either exaggerate or trivialise child abuse issues.
show favouritism to any individual.
rely on your good name or that of the organisation or to protect you.
believe “it could never happen to me”.
take a chance when common sense, policy or practice suggests another more prudent approach.
allow abusive peer activities e.g. initiation ceremonies, bullying or horse play.
11.2 You should give guidance and support to inexperienced helpers. Staff relationships are based on mutual respect and it is everyone’s responsibility to ensure a positive working environment.
12. Staff/volunteer selection and training
12.1 Staff and volunteers will be selected based on their suitability to the role. All staff/volunteers are required to complete the recruitment process before activity commences.
12.2 Staff/volunteer’s ability to deal with disclosures should be assessed. Special consideration should be given when recruiting under 18s.
12.3 All staff/volunteers will be required to:
· complete a self-disclosure form.
· obtain a full disclosure through checks from the Disclosure Barring Service (when they will be in contact with children or vulnerable adults both directly and indirectly).
· complete an agreed probationary period.
· Undertake induction and training.
12.4 Advice will be sought when recruiting someone with a criminal record.
12.5 Any applicant refusing to go through the DBS check will not be employed as a paid member of staff or as a volunteer if their role includes regulated or controlled activities that require registration.
13. The Disclosure Barring Service process
13.1 All staff and volunteers will go through DBS checks as necessary.
13.2 All staff/volunteers who have regular, unsupervised access to children or vulnerable adults will have the Enhanced check as will the designated person for safeguarding.
13.3 Staff/volunteers who have regular contact with children and young people through mixed groups (activities that both adults and children participate in together), and who have positions of responsibility and trust where contact with children is possible will in most cases have the Standard check.
14. Complaints procedure
· Complaints are any clear expression of dissatisfaction with the group, its personnel, or its services that calls for a response
· The procedure deals with specific concerns including: a risk to the health or safety of any individual or improper conduct or unethical behaviour or inappropriate behaviour in relation to children.
· Anyone may make a complaint including children, parents/carers, volunteers, paid workers, or other people outside the group.
· Complaints are treated seriously whether it is made in person, by telephone, by letter, by fax, or by e-mail
· Complaints will be dealt with promptly, politely, and with respect within 2 weeks.
14.1 The group learns from complaints and uses them to improve its services.
14.2 Complaints will be taken in person, in writing or by telephone by a member of the management team/senior workers. Formal complaints should be written down in as much detail as possible, including names of people the complaint has already been taken to.
14.3 Complaints can be made anonymously although a name and contact details would help for further investigation.
14.4 Initial complaints will be dealt with by the Club instructor within 2 weeks.
14.5 If you feel that your complaint has not been dealt with to a satisfactory level the complaint should be taken to Mr Glen Wright (Chief Instructor of the KSKC)
14.6 Whistle blowing is supported when reporting concerns of actual or possible unethical, illegal or unprofessional conduct by anyone within the organisation. Complaints should be reported through normal line management unless they are unable to deal with the matter, in which case it should be taken to the Chief Instructor.
Covid 19 Safety
We aim to ensure the safety of our members and help everyone get back to training
We will always follow local and government guidelines and reserve the right to make changes to lesson arrangements, timings and class sizes in order to ensure safety for all.
We will use our creativity to ensure our usual high standard of engaging lessons, finding replacement activities for Kumite, Bunkai (kata applications), pad work, self defence and other partner work.
Expectations of all members
No member should train if they feel unwell, exhibiting symptoms of Covid-19 as listed on the gov.uk website. This includes a persistent cough, fever and anosmia (loss of sense of smell).
Currently, spectators are not permitted. We value the role of our members and will allow spectators as soon as we are able
Members must wash their hands on entry and exit
Members should minimize touching of objects within the school, e.g. chairs, walls etc
Non family members should maintain at least 1m distance and usually 2m distance from other members
Share details with contact tracing and comply with government instructions if contacted through track and trace
Changes we have made
It is not possible to provide an exhaustive list of the many small changes to lesson structure. However, our core aims are to:
Provide hand sanitizer and remind students of hand hygiene
Staggered lesson start times to minimize congestion during lesson change over
Managed lesson size to ensure 2m distancing can be followed
Ensure students are socially distanced from each other
By design, lessons will not expect students to work closely to each other
Standing face to face will be minimized or at least 2m distance between members
Avoid partner and pad work
When equipment is reinstated, it will be sanitized between users
Continuously review our risk assessment
Keep a record of members attending each lesson