Karate can have a powerful and positive influence on people, especially young people. Not only can it provide opportunities for enjoyment and achievement, it can also provide valuable qualities such as self-esteem, self confidence, leadership and teamwork.These positive effects can only take place if the instruction of Karate is in the right hands - those who place the welfare of all young people first and adopt practices that support, protect and empower them.
Instructors have a moral and legal resposibility to support and care for children and to protect them from abuse. This responsibility applies not only whilst the students are on the club premises, but also if they suspect abuse is taking place elsewhere. The reality is that abuse can take place in Karate as in other activities and sport.
Instructors are expected to demonstrate a duty of care towards children, equivalent to that which a reasonable and prudent parent would expect from a teacher in a school enviroment.
The KUGB has therefore recognised the need to establish a policy to ensure the safety of children in its care and to provide guidelines to instructors and others who may be involved with the protection of these children.
It has also established guidelines which are intended to ensure that Instructors create a safer training enviroment for all young people. They will help Instructors to review their teaching practice and ensure they adopt sound procedures that protect not only the welfare of young and vunerable people, but also to protect the instructor from false allegations.
These guidelines apply to all KUGB Instructors, wether they act in voluntary or professional capacity.
This was taken from articles from the KUGB guidelines for children. For more about the KUGB follow the links above.
Personally being a parent myself, I would expect nothing less than this for my or any family. Being with the KUGB, Hindley Karate Club gladly follows these guidelines and more. Adults and children should expect nothing less.
Sensei Jim Brennan 2nd Dan HKC Instructor
For more details follow the KUGB link on Child Protection