Martial Arts Safeguarding Qualifications

Safeguarding Qualifications form a pivotal part of running a safe and professional martial arts club.

We hold our instructors and clubs to the highest standards and accordingly, we expect all members currently teaching anyone under the age of 18 or any adults at risk to hold a formal safeguarding qualification. Fortunately our position as a large and respected martial arts organisation combined with our approach to technology means we have a range of options open to clubs to help you fulfil this obligation.

What Is Safeguarding & Why Do I Need A Qualification?

Safeguarding is all about keeping children and young people, as well as adults at risk, safe. This requires effective processes to be followed with regards to conduct, reporting and vetting of all people who have access to these groups.

Safeguarding matters can be complicated and it’s incredibly important for both your club – as well as a potential person at risk – that you know what is required of you, what signs to look out for and what to do when you have concerns. It can also help to protect you or your club from misfounded allegations of wrongdoing.

In short, a safeguarding qualification proves you’ve undertaken a structured course on the matter and have reviewed the key areas surrounding the safeguarding of young people or adults at risk. Our recommended courses include Legislation and guidance on safeguarding children, the recognition and types of child abuse, how to respond to concerns and what to do in the event of a disclosure, who to contact when there is a child protection concern, fulfilling your “duty of care” and Safer practice and keeping children safe.

We provide safeguarding qualifications free of charge to all Silver, Gold and Platinum members. For Bronze members, the cost is from just £9.99 ‘all-in’ and this includes certification.

We also bundle safeguarding qualifications into assistant and trainee instructor memberships, as well as volunteer memberships without cost.

Available Courses & Costs

BMABA Safeguarding In Martial Arts Qualification

What does the safeguarding qualification cover and how does it work?

Built off the back of our decade long work regulation martial arts and working with clubs, students and LADOs on safeguarding, the BMABA safeguarding qualification aims to provide an in-depth training course that meets the minimum standards set for instructors, clubs and assistants.

Our courses are delivered entirely online with a combination of text, audio and video. The course has regular assessments throughout using our interactive online learning software. Certification is awarded on completion.

The course covers all aspects of identifying what safeguarding is and what a concern might look like, how concerns should be dealt with and how the reporting process works. We also provide a separate lead safeguarding qualification for those working as the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL).

Online Safeguarding Children Course Content

The course covers;

  • Legislation and guidance on safeguarding children
  • The recognition and types of child abuse
  • How to respond to concerns and what to do in the event of a disclosure
  • Who to contact when there is a child protection concern
  • Fulfilling your “duty of care”
  • Safer practice and keeping children safe

A personalised and dated certificate will be provided upon successful completion of the Standard Child Safeguarding training course. Certificates can be downloaded in PDF format and printed at any time. Safeguarding course certificates remain valid for two years.


This course is included free of charge for all silver, gold and platinum members. Bronze members are charged just £9.99 for the standard safeguarding course and £14.99 for the lead safeguarding course. We don’t wrap this course up into all membership levels as some clubs won’t require it, so we don’t like to pass along the costs if it’s not necessary.

The full list of modules taught covers;

An Introduction To Safeguarding
The Basics
BMABA Regulation On Safeguarding
Stats & Stories – The Realities
Defining Child Abuse
Types Of Abuse
Indications Of Abuse
Responding To Suspicions & Disclosures
Recording Information Surrounding Disclosures
Reporting A Concern
Concerns Arising Outside Of The Dojo
Best Practice & Poor Practice
Summary & Conclusion
Safeguarding In Martial Arts Assessment

BMABA Lead Safeguarding In Martial Arts Qualification

What does the BMABA martial arts lead safeguarding qualification cover and how does it work?

The BMABA Lead Safeguarding Qualification is designed exclusively for ‘DSLs’ (Designated Safeguarding Leads) and Welfare Officers. The course goes beyond the standard safeguarding scope to expand on the depths of lead safeguarding including aspects of setting up safeguarding policies, managing internal safeguarding concerns and how to liaise with statutory authorities, such as the Police and LADO.

This is a recommended course for any lead instructor and is compulsory for any club who does not have BMABA mandated as their safeguarding lead.

We’ll use a blend of in-house and external videos to help demonstrate key subject matters, including two 60min+ pre-recorded webinars, complimented with case studies and written notes.

We’ll cover;

  • An Introduction To Lead Safeguarding Training
  • Why You’re Here.
  • Lead Safeguarding Webinar
  • Creating A Safeguarding Policy
  • Escalating Concerns Webinar
  • Further Reading
  • Summary

A personalised and dated certificate will be provided upon successful completion of the Lead Child Safeguarding training course. Certificates can be downloaded in PDF format and printed at any time. Safeguarding course certificates remain valid for two years.


This course is included free of charge for all silver, gold and platinum members. Bronze members are charged just £14.99 for the lead safeguarding course. We don’t wrap this course up into all membership levels as some clubs won’t require it, so we don’t like to pass along the costs if it’s not necessary.

Beautiful Certification, Automatically Issued On Completion

Upon completion of our martial arts safeguarding qualifications, we provide access to stunning PDF certification to ensure your hard work and dedication to improving safeguarding in martial arts is properly and professionally recognised.

Take Your Training With You Via The Free MyBMABA App

Exclusively for our instructors, you can now use our free MyBMABA instructor app to download content for offline completion. This allows you to tackle some of the more advanced content, including our webinars, on the move. 

The Latest Guidance & Learning Experience For Martial Arts

Gone (should be) the days of sending off cheques and awaiting binders of course-work printed from a home-printer to undertake a course. All of our awards work through a national and enterprise-level learning management system capable of allowing access on any device, 24/7. Access specialist support and peer-to-peer community led assistance at every step of the qualification pathway.

You'll need to be a member to access our martial arts safeguarding qualifications.

All of our safeguarding qualifications are inclusive in the cost of Silver and Gold memberships. Any Bronze members can optionally purchase course access as required from just £9.99. All of our safeguarding qualifications and membership include access to our dozens of industry-leading safeguarding provisions, guidance and support for clubs of all sizes.

Questions & Answers Around Safeguarding

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We’re here to help with questions and queries.

Access expert guidance and speak with our dedicated team for queries on membership, insurance, eligibility, us or just about anything else you might need.

We’re not based from a kitchen worktop, nor do we employ call centres overseas to answer generic FAQs for us. We have three locations throughout the UK including our Headquarters in West Sussex. BMABA boasts over 1,250sqft of newly refurbished top-spec office space for our dedicated staff and everyone you speak with here – be it via email, live chat, Facebook or phone – is part of the team and not an outsourced agent.


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We’re always happy to speak with new and current members by phone.

Lines are generally staffed between the hours of 9.15am and 4pm Monday to Thursday, and 9.30am to 1pm Friday. Occasionally you may not be able to reach us if we’re all tied up elsewhere (you’re calling a real office, not a call-centre!) but we provide an answer phone service 24/7. Please leave a message and we’ll be happy to call you back as soon as we’re free.

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We’re one of the largest martial arts associations in the UK with more than 30,000 registered members across thousands of clubs and instructors.

We have our own offices, not the kitchen table.

There’s nothing wrong with smaller martial arts associations. In fact, we think it’s good for competition and variety. Unfortunately too many are one-man bands run from kitchen tables, and not professional set ups with staff.

We have three locations – Manchester, London and West Sussex. Our HQ has over 1,400sqft of dedicated, bespoke office space for our team of staff and volunteers.

Founded in 2012 by the now Multi-Award Winning Social Entrepreneur & Life-Long Martial Artist

Frustrated by a lack of affordable, professional alternatives to the associations Giovanni Soffietto had dealt with when participating and then teaching Thai Boxing and Karate, BMABA was founded.

Focused on professional standards and ethics rather than belts and titles, BMABA boasts the pedigree of a life-long martial arts expert come award winning social entrepreneur as it’s Chief Executive Officer. It’s fair to say we’re well qualified and backed by an industry giant.

Our Membership Isn’t Just A Piece Of Paper

We have always been focused on providing clubs with everything they need under a single membership, and our range of resources, tools and features delivers exactly that.

From template grading certificates and documents through to a free club website and national club listings. Whether it be advice on club structure and marketing or membership marks and qualifications. DBS checks, first aid qualifications, coaching certificates, instructor licenses, insurance, business plans, equipment, graphics – you named it, we cover it under just one simple, affordable membership.

Beautiful, Professional Certification As Standard

So much of what you do will be judged on the grades, credentials and certification you hold. We get that.

We know parents, students and venues don’t always understand exactly what qualifies you. We help by providing superb, professional certification that ensures you look the part. Be it a Dan Grade, Instructor License or Insurance Document, all of our digital and printed certificates will meet the mark and be accepted across the UK.

Our Profits Fund The Fighting Chance Foundation

All of our eligible profits are donated to the Fighting Chance Foundation to help change lives through martial arts.

From programmes designed to help children in poverty and women & girls at risk of violence through to anti-knife campaigns and disability inclusion work, the Fighting Chance Foundation changes lives through martial arts.

Access The Latest Martial Arts Qualifications

We provide all of our members with a free Level 1 and level 2 Martial Arts Instructor Qualification. We also provide access to more than twenty professional courses and qualifications to help expand our member’s portfolios.

From first aid, safeguarding and coaching through to concussion awareness, club colours and marketing – BMABA are a household name in martial arts for providing high-quality, affordable access to training and qualifications for martial arts.

We Back Our Members, Even During The Darkest Of Times

Our response and support throughout the Coronavirus Pandemic confirmed to the industry the way BMABA treats it’s members.

We provided daily updates, dedicated online training hubs, access to a free COVID instructor qualification, subsidised insurances, a self-funded Covid Recovery Scheme, mediation services with local authorities and interpretations of DCMS policy. We increased our operational hours to ensure a 7 day a week response and invested more than ever in our systems, processes and memberships. This is what an association should be doing for its members we believe. As our slogan goes; “To High Places By Narrow Roads“.

You won't find another UK martial arts association that can offer so much to their members.


Not entirely sure?

Try us for free for 6 months, with no obligation.

There’s absolutely no obligation to commit beyond 6 months. You’ll be able to explore what we offer, our member’s area, all of our licensing options and get a better feel for the BMABA’s service without any obligation to become a full member. We genuinely believe the best way to find out if we’re any good is to try us for yourself.

Switching To Us

We know there’s a lot to think about, and we can help.

We have absolutely no interest in enticing you to switch to BMABA if we’re not the right fit. We know that won’t last and isn’t good for you or us. Instead, we can offer a confidential switching process to help you price up whether or not it’s worth while, whilst also getting answers to any questions you might have.