Safeguard. Safeguard. Safeguard
Three Words Every BMABA Instructor Must Put At The Centre Of Their Teaching.
No Exceptions. No Excuses.
As a society, we have all been horrified and shocked to see the scale of abuse in sports since news broke in late 2016 regarding allegations in Football.
To think that abuse could occur on such a scale in something that should inherently be fun, safe and life-affirming is heartbreaking. To believe it’s not happening in other sports – including martial arts – would be naive.
We’re disappointed to see the wider martial arts community, including some other organisations that sit as NGO’s and license instructors, say very little about their own safeguarding mechanisms. There appears to be a feeling that if we sit quietly and still, we can ‘weather the storm’ and go unnoticed. This isn’t conducive of an environment that creates safe, happy and enjoyable martial arts training for our young or vulnerable members of society.
We’ve always had key safeguarding policies in place, and our focus on safeguarding members is nothing new – it’s something we’ve tried our best to do since 2012. With effect from January 1st 2017 the British Martial Arts & Boxing Association launched a new drive to really push better safeguarding standards in martial arts.
The first of it’s kind in our industry, we’ve centred instructor and club membership on solid safeguarding principles. If there is not compliance, there’s no membership. Simple as.
No longer can sporting organisations stand aside and pass the blame. It’s true to say no governing body can stop abuse from occurring, but every governing body can take exceptional measures to do all possible to stop and detect abuse.
We have no regulatory powers or legal control over our members but we can cut off membership affiliation and report those we don’t feel are up to standard. And we will.
As An Organisation, We MUST