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.

You’ll be pleased to hear that as well as providing access to our own BMABA safeguarding qualifications, we also provide access to pre-approved third party safeguarding providers too. Why? Because we believe in giving clubs the choice to choose and not shackeling them to just one option.

Available Courses & Costs

BMABA Safeguarding & Lead Safeguarding

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 in-depth safeguarding training with martial arts firmly in mind.

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

The courses cover 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. The lead safeguarding qualification also covers how to oversee concerns, safeguarding policies and reporting processes when you are responsible for a workforce or team of instructors.

Online Safeguarding Children Course Content

The general 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.

Costs

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.

Educare Safeguarding Course

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

Safeguarding Young People, endorsed by established youth organisations, provides the key information needed to help raise your awareness of young people who may be vulnerable because of their age, relative inexperience, past abusive experiences or current circumstances.

Course description


This course provides a thorough understanding on safeguarding young people to anyone who comes into contact with young people in their work or voluntary activity.

This four module course delivers four CPD hours and comprehensively covers:

  • Identify who may be vulnerable.
  • Recognise the signs and indicators of abuse.
  • Understand what to do if a young person confides abuse to you.
  • Learn about recording and reporting procedures.
  • Recognise good practice guidelines.
Costs

We can provide access to this qualification, alongside 17 other courses, for just one single fee. Some of our membership options will include this automatically. 

This course is provided via the Educare Qualification Package. Learn more about this here.

SafeCIC Safeguarding Qualification

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

This course is essential for all those who work or volunteer directly with children, young people or their families. Compliant with the latest legislation, government guidance and with direct links to your local Safeguarding Children Board, this course covers everything workers need to know about what might concern them, how to respond to concerns appropriately and consider safer working practice. The course also meets the training requirements of the Care Quality Commission (CQC), and Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted).

The courses are highly interactive, with quizzes and multi-media content. Course duration is typically one hour and students have the ability to login and take the training in bite-sized chunks as they see fit.

Online Safeguarding Children Course Content

The general 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.

Costs

The standard price of the course is £27.99. Silver, Gold and Platinum members will receive the course at the discounted rate of £9.80. All fees are payable directly to the safeguarding provider and the association does not earn any commission nor profit in anyway. The safeguarding provider is a registered CIC so your funds help their social goals.

Questions & Answers Around Safeguarding

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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.

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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.

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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.