Policy documents

Child Protection Policy statement

Koushinkan Aikido recognises it’s responsibility to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all children and adults at risk involved in the club’s activities. The protection of these groups is a priority. Safeguarding is the duty of all instructors, parents and students.

All instructors who teach children have had a full DBS check and have attended a safeguarding children course.

Koushinkan Aikido complies fully with the British Aikido Association Child Protection Policy. The club welfare officer is responsible for implementing this policy and procedure.

For further information please contact the club Welfare Officer, Laurence Smith, at: welfareofficer@aikidooxford.co.uk.

Anti-bullying Policy

Koushinkan Aikido is committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all of our students so they can learn in a relaxed and secure atmosphere. This is undermined by bullying which is an abuse of power over others. Emotional abuse can also be defined as bullying. For more information if you are being bullied.

What Is Bullying?

Bullying is the use of aggression with the intention of hurting another person. Bullying results in pain and distress to the victim. Bullying can be:

  • Emotional – eg being unfriendly, excluding emotionally and physically, sending hurtful text messages, tormenting.
  • Physical – pushing, kicking, hitting, punching that is not within the spirit of the sport or any use of inappropriate violence.
  • Racist – racial taunts, graffiti, gestures.
  • Sexual – unwanted physical contact or sexually abusive comments.
  • Homophobic – because of, or focusing on the issue of sexuality.
  • Verbal – name-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, teasing.

Why is it Important to Respond to Bullying?

Bullying hurts. No one deserves to be a victim of bullying. Everybody has the right to be treated with respect. Aikidoka who are bullying need to learn different ways of behaving. A club has a responsibility to respond promptly and effectively to issues of bullying.

Objectives of this Policy

All instructors, participants and parents should have an understanding of what bullying is. All coaching staff should know what the club policy is on bullying, and follow it when bullying is reported. All participants and parents should know what the club policy is on bullying, and what they should do if bullying arises. As a club we take bullying seriously. Participants and parents should be assured that they would be supported when bullying is reported.

Signs and symptoms

A child may indicate by signs or behaviour that he or she is being bullied. Adults should be aware of these possible signs and that they should investigate if a child:

  • Says he/she is being bullied.
  • Is unwilling to go to club sessions.
  • Becomes withdrawn anxious, or lacking in confidence.
  • Feels ill on a regular basis before training session.
  • Asks for money or starts stealing money (to pay bully).
  • Has unexplained cuts or bruises.
  • Is frightened to say what’s wrong.
  • Gives improbable excuses for any of the above.
  • In more extreme cases starts stammering.
  • Cries themselves to sleep at night or has nightmares.
  • Becomes aggressive, disruptive or unreasonable.
  • Is bullying other children or siblings.
  • Stops eating.
  • Attempts or threatens suicide or runs away.

These signs and behaviours are not an exhaustive list and may indicate other problems, but bullying should be considered a possibility and should be investigated.

Procedures

  1. Report bullying incidents to the club welfare officer or the head instructor.
  2. In cases of serious bullying, the incidents will be referred to the BAA Lead CPO for advice.
  3. Parents will be informed and may be asked to come in to a meeting to discuss the problem.
  4. If necessary and appropriate, police will be consulted.
  5. The bullying behaviour or threats of bullying will be investigated and the bullying stopped quickly.
  6. An attempt will be made to help the bully (bullies) change their behaviour.
  7. If mediation fails and the bullying is seen to continue the club will initiate disciplinary action under the club constitution.

Action to be taken

  1. Reconciliation by getting the parties together. It may be that a genuine apology solves the problem.
  2. If this fails/is not appropriate a small panel of no more than three persons (Made up from Instructor, Welfare Officer, Senior students) should meet with the parent and child alleging bullying to get details of the allegation. Minutes should be taken for clarity, and these should be agreed by all as a true account.
  3. The same three persons should meet with the alleged bully and parent/s and put the incident raised to them to answer and give their view of the allegation. Minutes should again be taken and agreed.
  4. If bullying has, in their view, taken place the bully will be warned and put on notice of further action i.e. temporary or permanent suspension if the bullying continues.
  5. All coaches involved with both the bully and bullied participant should be made aware of the concerns and outcome of the process i.e. the warning.

In the case of adults reported to be bullying aikidoka under 18

  1. The Association CPO should always be informed and will advise on action to be taken. The BAA Lead CPO should be informed and advice will be given as and when required.
  2. It is anticipated that in most cases where the allegation is made regarding a teacher or coach, child protection awareness training may be recommended.
  3. More serious cases may be referred to the police, social services or judicial complaints procedure.

Equity Policy statement

Koushinkan Aikido Oxford is committed to ensuring that equity is incorporated across all aspects of its development. In doing so it acknowledges and adopts the following Sport England definition of sports equity:

Sports equity is about fairness in sport, equality of access, recognising inequalities and taking steps to address them. It is about changing the culture and structure of sport to ensure it becomes equally accessible to everyone in society.

Koushinkan Aikido Oxford respects the rights, dignity and worth of every person and will treat everyone equally within the context of their sport, regardless of age, ability, gender, race, ethnicity, religious belief, sexuality or social/economic status.

Koushinkan Aikido Oxford is committed to everyone having the right to enjoy their sport in an environment free from threat of intimidation, harassment and abuse.

All club members have a responsibility to oppose discriminatory behaviour and promote equality of opportunity.

Koushinkan Aikido Oxford will deal with any incidence of discriminatory behaviour seriously, according to club disciplinary procedures.

Koushinkan Aikido complies fully with the British Aikido Association Equity Policy.

Complaints Policy statement

Koushinkan Aikido Oxford takes all complaints seriously and we fully comply with the British Aikido Association Complaints Policy.

If your complaint is about the way our club is run, our classes, or an instructor you should contact our head instructor, Richard Watts, at info@aikidooxford.co.uk.

If your complaint is about Child Welfare you should should contact our Welfare Officer, Laurence Smith, at: welfareofficer@aikidooxford.co.uk.

If the complaint is related to the club then you should address your concerns to the BAA Lead Child Welfare Officer:

Mr Francis Burgess
15 Willis Waye, Kings Worthy, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 7QT
Tel 01962 883 282, Mobile 07734 325 838

  • In urgent cases you should inform your local social services or the Police.
  • For independent and impartial advice contact the NSPCC 0808 800 5000

Privacy Policy – Website

This policy describes how we collect and use your personal data during your use of the Koushinkan Aikido Oxford website (www.aikidooxford.co.uk) (the ‘website’) in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and related UK data protection legislation.

A) Who is using your personal data?

The Koushinkan Aikido Oxford is the “data controller” for the information that we collect when you visit the website. This means that we decide how to use it and are responsible for looking after it in accordance with the GDPR.

Access to your personal data within Koushinkan Aikido Oxford will be provided to those staff who need to view it as part of their work in connection with the operation of the website. It will also be shared with the third parties described in Section E.

Please read the following carefully to understand our views and practices regarding your personal data and how we will treat it. We may update this policy at any time.

B) Glossary

Where we refer in this policy to your ‘personal data’, we mean any recorded information that is about you and from which you can be identified. It does not include data where your identity has been removed (anonymous data).

Where we refer to the ‘processing’ of your personal data, we mean anything that we do with that information, including collection, use, storage, disclosure, deletion or retention.

C) Types of data we collect about you

We will automatically collect, store, and use the following categories of data when you browse and search our site, if you have consented to our use of cookies:

– technical information, for example, the type of device (and its unique device identifier) you use to access our site, the Internet protocol (IP) address used to connect your device to the Internet, your login information, browser type and version, time zone setting, browser plug-in types and versions, operating system, mobile network information and platform; and

– information about your visit to our site including the full Uniform Resource Locators (URL), clickstream to, through and from the website (including date and time), pages you viewed, page response times, download errors, length of visits to certain pages, page interaction information (such as scrolling, clicks, and mouse-overs), and methods used to browse away from the page.

D) How we use your data

We process your data for purposes arising from your use of the website, for example, to ensure that we understand who uses our site and how our site is used and to improve our site and ensure it is secure. This processing occurs because it is necessary to meet our legitimate interests in operating and improving the website, analysing its use, and ensuring its security.

We will only use your data for the purposes for which we collected it, unless we reasonably consider that we need to use it for another related reason and that reason is compatible with the original purpose. If we need to use your data for an unrelated purpose, we will seek your consent to use it for that new purpose.

E) Sharing your data with third parties

We may share your data with third parties who provide services on our behalf, such as those who help us to operate the website. All our third-party service providers are required to take appropriate security measures to protect your data in line with our policies. We do not allow them to use your data for their own purposes. We permit them to process your data only for specified purposes and in accordance with our instructions.

We may also share your personal data with third parties if we are under a duty to disclose or share your personal data in order to comply with any legal obligation, or in order to enforce or apply our site terms of use or to protect the rights, property or safety of our site, our users, and others.

Where your data is shared with third parties, we will seek to share the minimum amount necessary.

F) Where we store or use your data

We may store data collected by the website manually or electronically. The data is stored on our secure servers and/or in our premises within the UK.

Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of data transmitted to the website and any transmission is at your own risk.

G) Third party websites

Our site contains links to and from various third party websites. If you follow a link to any of these websites, please note that these websites have their own privacy policies and that we do not accept any responsibility or liability for these policies. Please check these policies before you submit any personal data to these websites.

H) Retaining your data

We will only retain your data for as long as we need it to fulfil our purposes, including any relating to legal, accounting, or reporting requirements.

I) Your rights

Under certain circumstances, by law you have the right to:

– Request access to your data (commonly known as a “subject access request”). This enables you to receive a copy of your data and to check that we are lawfully processing it.

– Request correction of your data. This enables you to ask us to correct any incomplete or inaccurate information we hold about you.

– Request erasure of your data. This enables you to ask us to delete or remove your data under certain circumstances, for example, if you consider that there is no good reason for us continuing to process it. You also have the right to ask us to delete or remove your data where you have exercised your right to object to processing (see below).

– Object to processing of your data where we are relying on our legitimate interests (or those of a third party) and there is something about your particular situation which makes you want to object to processing on this ground.

– Request the restriction of processing of your data. This enables you to ask us to suspend the processing of your data, for example if you want us to establish its accuracy or the reason for processing it.

– Request the transfer of your data to another party.

Depending on the circumstances and the nature of your request it may not be possible for us to do what you have asked, for example, where there is a statutory or contractual requirement for us to process your data and it would not be possible to fulfil our legal obligations if we were to stop. Further information on your rights is available from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

If you want to exercise any of the rights described above or are dissatisfied with the way we have used your information, you should contact the University’s Information Compliance Team at data.protection@admin.ox.ac.uk. The same email address may be used to contact the University’s Data Protection Officer. We will seek to deal with your request without undue delay, and in any event in accordance with the requirements of the GDPR. Please note that we may keep a record of your communications to help us resolve any issues which you raise.

If you remain dissatisfied, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the ICO at https://ico.org.uk/concerns/.

J) Cookies

Our site uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our site. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our site and also allows us to improve our site. For detailed information on the cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them see our Cookie policy.

K) Changes to this policy

Any changes we may make to our privacy policy in the future will be posted on this page. Please check back frequently to see any updates or changes to our privacy policy.

L) Contact

If you wish to raise any queries or concerns about this privacy policy please contact info@aikidooxford.co.uk.