Summary of the BSJU Safeguarding Policy
The British Shuai Jiao Union (BSJU) is recognised governing body for Shuai Jiao in the United Kingdom by the European Shuai Jiao Union (ESJU) and the World Shuai Jiao Federation (WSJF). The BSJU is a non-political, non-profit making and voluntary organisation it was formally constituted to promote Shuai Jiao known as Chinese Wrestling.
Although self-governing, the BSJU work with other Sport England recognised organisations to promote child protection and safeguarding, working with Martial Arts Safeguarding Group (MASG), and Safeguarding Children in Martial Arts (SCiMA) – SCiMA Education Ltd.
Since its inception, the BSJU has remained committed to safeguarding and ensuring the welfare of children and vulnerable people who participate in Shuai Jiao under the instruction and supervision of BSJU Coaches.
The government frequently revisits safeguarding legislation and statutory guidance documents, with the aim of strengthening safeguarding procedures and making guidance as clear as possible. As a result, it can be challenging to keep track of new requirements and how they impact your role in the provision of martial arts recruitment, management and coaching.
If you work with or around children, safeguarding is an important responsibility that you must take seriously. In order to properly fulfil your safeguarding duties, you need to understand what the law requires and keep up to date with any amendments or changes to it. There are a number of policies, legislation, and statutory guidance documents that the Department for Education (the governing body for safeguarding children) have created and updated over time. These apply to all local authorities and organisations who are responsible for children’s safety. The main pieces of legislation and guidance documents that you should be aware of include:
- The Children Act 1989 (as amended)
- The Children and Social Work Act 2017
- The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006
- Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018
- Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018.
Working Together to Safeguard Children is the statutory guidance document sets out the responsibilities that all organisations in England must fulfil to safeguard children and young people (which applies to anyone under the age of 18). It explains the need for local authorities (including the police and health services) and other relevant agencies to coordinate with each other, so they can appropriately respond to safeguarding concerns and promote children’s welfare.
There are also other regulations to note, which have prompted changes to safeguarding requirements over time:
- UK GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018
- Information Sharing: Advice for Practitioners 2018
- Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Between Children in Schools and Colleges (guidance document) 2018
- Childcare (Early Years Provision Free of Charge) (Extended Entitlement) (Amendment) Regulations 2018
- Childcare Act 2006 (as amended in 2018).
The BSJU Executive Board believes that ‘Safeguarding children - the action we take to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm - is everyone’s responsibility’. Everyone who comes into contact with children and families has a role to play.
Other Policies and Guidance
You can view the other policeis and guidance summaries published by the BSJU on the Policies and Guidance