We have all attained level 1 (regional level coach) British Aikido Board coaching courses, and four of us have also attained our level 2 (national level coach).
We have attended the Sport Coach UK "Safeguarding and Protecting children" course, which has explained to us our legal responsibilities, as well as good practice, and what to do in case of an incident.
More details can be found here: Sports Coach UK SPC course
We are a member of the British Aikido Board, the umbrella organisation governing aikido in the UK. They do take our junior members' safety very seriously and have also set up a website to help all UK clubs ensure their youngest members safety:
More details can be found here: BAB safeguarding website
National Association (SAUK) Protection Officer: Celine Pagnier
Sue Ward, Lead Safeguarding Officer for the BAB - firstname.lastname@example.org ; 01271 343952
NSPCC's 24 hour free phone helpline: 0808 800 5000; www.nspcc.org.uk
Other Useful websites
www.childline.org.uk - ChildLine is the UK's free and confidential, 24-hour helpline for children in
distress or danger.
www.bullying.co.uk - Advice for children, parents and schools about dealing with bullying.