TOTAL POWER TEAM MARTIAL ARTS CLASSES POLICIES
We would like to bring your attention to a few policies that we adhere to at our school for the safety and wellbeing of all our students. We are committed to providing high quality standards in our management, training and competitions and as students and parents/carers we appreciate your support. We have a safeguarding policy (please see below) and a welfare officer, Rachel Perrett-Youssef whom you can contact at email@example.com if you have any queries. You can also discuss any issues with one of our instructors.
CODE OF CONDUCT IN THE SCHOOL
All students must show respect to their fellow Total Power Team members, instructors, staff and guests and the facility. A breach of respectable behaviour such as that laid out below will be deemed serious and the instructing staff will deal with any minor rules broken appropriately.
- Causing deliberate damage or defacing any piece of furniture or equipment
- Verbally abusing any participant, instructor or any school staff member
- Physically abusing any participant or any other person at or around the facility
- Taking of any form of alcohol or any illegal substances
- Breaking the rules set out by the school
Should there be a breach of any of the above the following steps will be taken to resolve the situation.
- Instructors/staff meeting to discuss incident
- Students or parents/carers contacted regarding their/ their child’s behavior and given opportunity to attend the meeting or have an independent representative attend
- Instructors/staff meet to action procedures
- Student informed of outcome of meeting
- Students or parents/carers informed by school of outcome
Total Power Team acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of all students in the school; children, young people and adults and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice to reflect statutory responsibilities and government guidance.
- To prioritise the safety and wellbeing of all students
- To ensure all instructors, staff and volunteers understand their roles and responsibilities in terms of safeguarding and have appropriate education’/ training to identify and respond to signs of abuse and other safeguarding concerns and report them to the welfare officer
- To ensure all suspicions and allegations of abuse and poor practice are responded to swiftly and appropriately
- To ensure appropriate action is taken in the event of incidents/ concerns of abuse and support provided to those raising the concern
- To ensure confidential, detailed and accurate records of all safeguarding concerns are maintained and stored securely
- To prevent the employment of unsuitable individuals
- To work together with students and parents/carers to review and implement child protection and safeguarding procedures
Failure to comply with the policy and procedures will be addressed promptly and may result in dismissal/exclusion from Total Power Team.
These policies will be reviewed every two years or when there is a change in legislation or government guidance.
Bullying of any kind is unacceptable in our school. If bullying does occur, all school members should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively. 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 (unfriendly, excluding, tormenting, pushing, kicking, hitting, racial taunts, graffiti, gestures)
- Homophobic because of, or focussing on the issue of sexuality
- Cyber (including email, text, social media)
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
Below are some possible signs of bullying.
- is frightened of/ unwilling to go to the school
- changes their usual routine
- becomes withdrawn anxious, or lacking in confidence
- starts stammering
- attempts or threatens suicide or runs away
- cries themselves to sleep at night or has nightmares
- feels ill in the morning
- has possessions which are damaged or " go missing"
- asks for money or starts stealing money
- becomes aggressive, disruptive or unreasonable
- is bullying other children or siblings
- stops eating
- is frightened to say what's wrong
- gives improbable excuses for any of the above
- is afraid to use the internet or mobile phone
- is nervous & jumpy when a cyber message is received
PROCEDURES WHERE BULLYING IS SUSPECTED
- Report bullying incidents to the school welfare officer or instructor
- In serious cases parents should be informed and asked to come in to a meeting to discuss the problem
- If necessary and appropriate, police will be consulted
- The bullying behaviour or threats of bullying must be investigated and the bullying stopped quickly
- An attempt will be made to help the bully (bullies) change their behaviour
- If mediation fails and the bullying continues the school will initiate disciplinary proceedings
RECOMMENDED SCHOOL ACTION
If the school decides it is appropriate for them to deal with the situation they should follow the procedure outlined below:
- Reconciliation by getting the parties together. It may be that a genuine apology solves the problem.
- If this fails/not appropriate a small panel (made up from Owner and School Welfare Officer should meet with the parent and child alleging bullying to get details of the allegation. Minutes should be taken for clarity, which should be agreed by all as a true account.
- The same 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.
- If bullying has in their view taken place the individual should be warned and put on notice of further action i.e. temporary or permanent suspension if the bullying continues. Consideration should be given as to whether a reconciliation meeting between parties is appropriate at this time.
- In some cases the parent of the bully or bullied player can be asked to attend training sessions, if they are able to do so, and if appropriate. The school committee should monitor the situation for a given period to ensure the bullying is not being repeated.
- All coaches involved with both individuals should be made aware of the concerns and outcome of the process
- The bully (bullies) may be asked to genuinely apologise. Other consequences may take place.
- In serious cases suspension or even exclusion will be considered
- If possible the students will be reconciled
- After the incident / incidents have been investigated and dealt with, each case will be monitored to ensure repeated bullying does not take place.
PHOTOGRAPHS AND PUBLICATIONS (including website and social media)
From time to time we take photographs and videos from classes and competitions that may be used on our website and social media and for any marketing activities. As part of Total Power Team and by signing the terms and conditions for students, you confirm that you are happy that your image/ that of your child may be used in this way. Please let us know if you do not want you or your child to be part of any photography.
We hope every student and parent/carer has a great experience with Total Power Team but if you have any feedback or wish to make a complaint, please contact the welfare officer Rachel Perrett-Youssef at firstname.lastname@example.org or talk to one of the instructors.
PROCEDURES IN PLACE IN CLASS AND AT WHITTON COMMUNITY CENTRE DUE TO CORONAVIRUS
We comply with all government guidelines and procedures in place at Whitton Community Centre due to Coronovirus. These guidelines are subject to change so please ask for more details of the current guidelines.