Meridian Kung Fu Policies

Club Policies

Last Update: October 2016

Membership

  1. Acceptance of an application for Membership of each Club is at our absolute discretion (although we will exercise our discretion reasonably and in compliance with applicable laws).
  2. Membership entitles Members to use the facilities available from time to time at their Home Club. We offer different types of membership and facilities at each Club and the types of memberships and facilities offered by us will differ from Club to Club and may change from time to time.
  3. You should contact your Home Club if you would like further details of different types of membership that are available. Each category of membership has different restrictions, conditions and benefits. Another category of membership or Club may be of interest to you if your requirements or circumstances change.

Membership Licence

  1. A Membership Licence will be issued to each Member when they join a Club.
  2. There is a fee as set out in the relevant then current Club price list for replacement of lost, stolen or damaged cards.
  3. Each Member must have his/her licence renewed annually.
  4. A Member must not lend his Membership Card to anyone else as Membership is personal and covers only the Member’s use of a Club.
  5. On termination of Membership for any reason, the Member is required to surrender his Membership licence.
  6. Where Meridian Kung Fu terminates a Member’s Membership, this will make the Member ineligible for Membership of all Clubs, for which purpose we will communicate such of the Member’s personal data and reason for termination to such other Clubs as may be necessary to administer this Rule.
  7. A Member who has “frozen” his/her Membership will not be allowed access to any Club (including as a guest).

General

  1. Opening times for a Club will be prominently displayed at the relevant Club.
  2. You must not consume any food or drink in a Club that you have brought in from outside the Club.
  3. We reserve the right to show potential Members and other individuals the facilities of a Club on a trial basis.

Child Protection Policy

This policy is to ensure your childrens’ protection

All Branches within Meridian Kung Fu that makes provision for children and young people must ensure that:
  • The welfare of the child is paramount.
  • All children, whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious beliefs and/or sexual identity, have the right to protection from abuse.
  • All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.
  • All staff (paid/unpaid) working in sport have a responsibility to report concerns to the appropriate officer.
Our Child Protection Policy Statement

Meridian Kung Fu has a duty of care to safeguard all children involved in martial arts training from harm, in any of its clubs. All children have a right to protection, and the needs of disabled children and others who may be particularly vulnerable must be taken into account.

Meridian Kung Fu will ensure the safety and protection of all children involved in its activities through adherence to the Child Protection guidelines adopted by Meridian Kung Fu

A child is defined as a person under the age of 18 (The Children Act 1989).

Policy Aims

The aim of the Meridian Kung Fu Child Protection Policy is to promote good practice:
  • Providing children and young people with appropriate safety and protection whilst in the care of any of its teachers, administrators and Clubs.
  • Allow all staff/volunteers to make informed and confident responses to specific child protection issues.
Promoting Good Practice

Child abuse, particularly sexual abuse, can arouse strong emotions in those facing such a situation. It is important to understand these feelings and not allow them to interfere with your judgement about the appropriate action to take.

Abuse can occur within many situations including the home, school and the sporting environment. Some individuals will actively seek employment or voluntary work with young people in order to harm them. A coach, instructor, teacher, official or volunteer will have regular contact with young people and be an important link in identifying cases where they need protection. All suspicious cases of poor practice should be reported following the guidelines in this document.

When a child enters the club having been subjected to child abuse outside the sporting environment, sport can play a crucial role in improving the child’s self-esteem. In such instances the club must work with the appropriate agencies to ensure the child receives the required support.

Good Practice Guidelines

All personnel should be encouraged to demonstrate exemplary behavior in order to protect themselves from false allegations. The following are common sense examples of how to create a positive culture and climate.

Good practice means:
  • Always working in an open environment avoiding private or unobserved situations and encouraging open communication.
  • Treating all young people/disabled adults equally with respect and dignity.
  • Always putting the welfare of each young person first.
  • Maintaining a safe and appropriate distance with players (eg it is not appropriate for staff or volunteers to have an intimate relationship with a child or to share a room with them).
  • Building balanced relationships based on mutual trust and empowering children to share in decision making.
  • Making sport fun, enjoyable and promoting fair play.
  • Ensuring that if any form of manual/physical support is required, it should be provided openly and according to guidelines provided by the Coach Education Programme. If it is difficult to maintain hand positions when the child is constantly moving, young people should always be consulted and their agreement gained. Some parents are becoming increasingly sensitive about manual support and their views should always be carefully considered.
  • Keeping up to date with technical skills, qualifications and insurance.
  • Involving parents/carers wherever possible. For example, encouraging them to take responsibility for their children in the changing rooms. If groups have to be supervised in the changing rooms, always ensure parents, teachers, coaches or officials work in pairs.
  • Ensuring that if mixed teams are taken away for the day or night, they should always be accompanied by a male and female member of staff. However, remember that same gender abuse can also occur.
  • Ensuring that at tournaments or residential events, adults should not enter children’s rooms or invite children into their rooms.
  • Being an excellent role model – this includes not smoking or drinking alcohol in the company of young people.
  • Giving enthusiastic and constructive feedback rather than negative criticism.
  • Recognising the developmental needs and capacity of young people and disabled adults – avoiding excessive training or competition and not pushing them against their will.
  • Securing parental consent in writing to act in loco parentis, if the need arises to administer emergency first aid and/or other medical treatment.
  • Keeping a written record of any injury that occurs, along with the details of any treatment given.
  • Requesting written parental consent if club officials are required to transport young people in their cars.
Practices to be Avoided

The following should be avoided except in emergencies. If a case arises where these situations are unavoidable (eg the child sustains an injury and needs to go to hospital, or a parent fails to arrive to pick a child up at the end of a session), it should be with the full knowledge and consent of someone in charge in the club or the child’s parents.

Otherwise, avoid:

  • Spending excessive amounts of time alone with children away from others.
  • Taking or dropping off a child to an event.

Practices Never to be Sanctioned

The following should never be sanctioned. You should never:
  • Engage in rough physical or sexually provocative games, including horseplay.
  • Share a room with a child.
  • Allow or engage in any form of inappropriate touching.
  • Allow children to use inappropriate language unchallenged.
  • Make sexually suggestive comments to a child, even in fun.
  • Reduce a child to tears as a form of control.
  • Allow allegations made by a child to go unchallenged, unrecorded or not acted upon.
  • Do things of a personal nature for children or disabled adults that they can do for themselves.
  • Invite or allow children to stay with you at your home unsupervised.

NB It may sometimes be necessary for staff or volunteers to do things of a personal nature for children, particularly if they are young or are disabled. These tasks should only be carried out with the full understanding and consent of parents and the players involved. There is a need to be responsive to a person’s reactions. If a person is fully dependent on you, talk with him/her about what you are doing and give choices where possible. This is particularly so if you are involved in any dressing or undressing of outer clothing, or where there is physical contact, lifting or assisting a child to carry out particular activities. Avoid taking on the responsibility for tasks for which you are not appropriately trained.

Incidents That Must be Reported/Recorded

If any of the following occur you should report this immediately to another colleague and record the incident. You should also ensure the parents of the child are informed:
  • if you accidentally hurt a player
  • If he/she seems distressed in any manner
  • if a player appears to be sexually aroused by your actions
  • if a player misunderstands or misinterprets something you have done.

Use of Photographic/Filming Equipment at Sporting Events

There is evidence that some people have used sporting events as an opportunity to take inappropriate photographs or film footage of young and disabled sports people in vulnerable positions. All clubs should be vigilant and any concerns should to be reported to the Child Protection Officer.

Video as a coaching aid: there is no intention to prevent club coaches and teachers using video equipment as a legitimate coaching aid. However, performers and their parents/carers should be made aware that this is part of the coaching programme and such films should be stored safely.Recruitment and Training of Staff and Volunteers

Recruitment and Training of Staff and Volunteers

Meridian Kung Fu recognises that anyone may have the potential to abuse children in some way and that all reasonable steps are taken to ensure unsuitable people are prevented from working with children.

Pre-selection checks must include the following:
  • All volunteers (to include teachers, Black Belts, administrators and chaperones should complete an application form. The application form will elicit information about an applicant’s past and a self-disclosure about any criminal record.
  • Consent should be obtained from an applicant to seek information from the Criminal Records Bureau.
  • Two confidential references, including one regarding previous work with children. These references must be taken up and confirmed through telephone contact.
  • Evidence of identity should be provided (e.g. passport or driving licence with photo).

Interview and Induction

All Teachers, Black Belts (and volunteers) will be required to undergo an interview carried out to acceptable protocol and recommendations. All Teachers, Black Belts and volunteers should receive formal or informal induction, during which:
  • A check should be made that the application form has been completed in full (including sections on criminal records and self-disclosures).
  • Their qualifications should be substantiated.
  • The job requirements and responsibilities should be clarified.
  • They should sign up to Meridian Kung Fu Code of Ethics and Conduct.
  • Child protection procedures are explained and training needs are identified.

Training

In addition to pre-selection checks, the safeguarding process includes training after recruitment to help staff and volunteers to:
  • Analyse their own practice against established good practice, and to ensure their practice is likely to protect them from false allegations.
  • Recognise their responsibilities and report any concerns about suspected poor practice or possible abuse.
  • Respond to concerns expressed by a child or young person.
  • Work safely and effectively with children.
Meridian Kung Fu requires:
  • Coaching staff to attend a recognised 3-hour good practice and child protection awareness training workshop, to ensure their practice is exemplary and to facilitate the development of a positive culture towards good practice and child protection.
  • Non-coaching staff and volunteers to complete a recognised awareness training on child protection.
  • Relevant personnel to receive advisory information outlining good practice and informing them about what to do if they have concerns about the behaviour of an adult towards a young person.
  • All Teachers, Black Belts, Chaperones and administrators to undergo national first aid training on a yearly basis…
  • Attendance of update training when necessary. Information about meeting training needs can be obtained from sports coach UK, the NSPCC and Sport England.

Responding to Allegations or Suspicions

It is not the responsibility of anyone working in Meridian Kung Fu, in a paid or unpaid capacity, to decide whether or not child abuse has taken place. However, there is a responsibility to act on any concerns through contact with the appropriate authorities.

We will assure all staff/volunteers that they will be fully supported and protected, anyone who in good faith reports his/her concern that a colleague is, or may be, abusing a child.

Where there is a complaint against a member of staff there may be three types of investigation:
  • a criminal investigation
  • a child protection investigation
  • a disciplinary or misconduct investigation.

The results of the police and child protection investigation may well influence the disciplinary investigation, but not necessarily.

Action

1. Concerns about poor practice:
  • If, following consideration, the allegation is clearly about poor practice, the Child Protection Officer will deal with it as a misconduct issue.
  • If the allegation is about poor practice by the Child Protection Officer, or if the matter has been handled inadequately and concerns remain, it should be reported to the relevant officer who will decide how to deal with the allegation and whether or not to initiate disciplinary proceedings.

2. Concerns about suspected abuse:
  • Any suspicion that a child has been abused by either a member of staff or a volunteer should be reported to the Child Protection Officer, who will take such steps as considered necessary to ensure the safety of the child in question and any other child who may be at risk.
  • The Child Protection Officer will refer the allegation to the social services department which may involve the police, or go directly to the police if out-of-hours.
  • The parents or carers of the child will be contacted as soon as possible following advice from the social services department.
  • The Child Protection Officer should also notify the relevant Local Authorities officer who in turn will inform the Local Authorities Child Protection Officer who will deal with any media enquiries.
  • If the Child Protection Officer is the subject of the suspicion/allegation, the report must be made to the appropriate Local Authorities Manager or in his/her absence the Duty Social work Child Protection Officer who will refer the allegation to social services.

Confidentiality

Every effort should be made to ensure that confidentiality is maintained for all concerned. Information should be handled and disseminated on a need to know basis only.

This includes the following people:
  • The Child Protection Officer
  • the parents of the person who is alleged to have been abused
  • the person making the allegation
  • social services/police
  • The alleged abuser (and parents if the alleged abuser is a child)

Seek social services advice on who should approach the alleged abuser.

Information should be stored in a secure place with limited access to designated people, in line with data protection laws (e.g. that information is accurate, regularly updated, relevant and secure).

Internal enquiries and suspension
  • The Meridian Kung Fu Child Protection Officer will make an immediate decision about whether any individual accused of abuse should be temporarily suspended pending further police and social services inquiries.
  • Irrespective of the findings of the social services or police inquiries the Error! Reference source not found. Disciplinary Committee will assess all individual cases to decide whether a member of staff or volunteer can be reinstated and how this can be sensitively handled. This may be a difficult decision, particularly where there is insufficient evidence to uphold any action by the police. In such cases, the Disciplinary Committee must reach a decision based upon the available information, which could suggest that on a balance of probability; it is more likely than not that the allegation is true. The welfare of the child should remain of paramount importance throughout.
Support to deal with the aftermath of abuse
  • Consideration should be given to the kind of support that children, parents and members of staff may need. Use of helplines, support groups and open meetings will maintain an open culture and help the healing process. The British Association for Counselling Directory is available from The British Association for Counselling, 1 Regent Place, Rugby CV21 2PJ, Tel: 01788 550899, Fax: 01788 562189, Email: bac@bacp.co.uk, Internet: www.bacp.co.uk
  • Consideration should be given to what kind of support may be appropriate for the alleged perpetrator.

Allegations of previous abuse
Allegations of abuse may be made some time after the event (eg by an adult who was abused as a child or by a member of staff who is still currently working with children).

Where such an allegation is made, the club should follow the procedures as detailed above and report the matter to the social services or the police. This is because other children, either within or outside sport, may be at risk from this person. Anyone who has a previous criminal conviction for offences related to abuse is automatically excluded from working with children. This is reinforced by the details of the Protection of Children Act 1999.

Action if bullying is suspected

If bullying is suspected, the same procedure should be followed as set out in ‘Responding to suspicions or allegations’ above.

Action to help the victim and prevent bullying in sport:
  • Take all signs of bullying very seriously.
  • Encourage all children to speak and share their concerns (It is believed that up to 12 children per year commit suicide as a result of bullying, so if anyone talks about or threatens suicide, seek professional help immediately). Help the victim to speak out and tell the person in charge or someone in authority.
  • Investigate all allegations and take action to ensure the victim is safe. Speak with the victim and the bully(ies) separately.
  • Reassure the victim that you can be trusted and will help them, although you cannot promise to tell no one else.
  • Keep records of what is said (what happened, by whom, when).
  • Report any concerns to the Child Protection Officer or the school (wherever the bullying is occurring).

Action towards the bully(ies):
  • Talk with the bully(ies), explain the situation, and try to get the bully(ies) to understand the consequences of their behaviour. Seek an apology to the victim(s).
  • Inform the bully(ies)’s parents.
  • Insist on the return of ‘borrowed’ items and that the bully(ies) compensate the victim.
  • Provide support for the victim’s coach.
  • Impose sanctions as necessary.
  • Encourage and support the bully(ies) to change behaviour.
  • Hold meetings with the families to report on progress.
  • Inform all organisation members of action taken.
  • Keep a written record of action taken.

3. Concerns outside the immediate sporting environment (eg a parent or carer):
  • Report your concerns to the Child Protection Officer, who should contact social services or the police as soon as possible.
  • See 4. below for the information social services or the police will need.
  • If the Child Protection Officer is not available, the person being told of or discovering the abuse should contact social services or the police immediately.
  • Social services and the Child Protection Officer will decide how to involve the parents/carers.
  • Maintain confidentiality on a need to know basis only.
  • See 4. below regarding information needed for social services.

4. Information for social services or the police about suspected abuse:

To ensure that this information is as helpful as possible, a detailed record should always be made at the time of the disclosure/concern, which should include the following:

  • The child’s name, age and date of birth of the child.
  • The child’s home address and telephone number.
  • Whether or not the person making the report is expressing their own concerns or those of someone else.
  • The nature of the allegation. Include dates, times, any special factors and other relevant information.
  • Make a clear distinction between what is fact, opinion or hearsay.
  • A description of any visible bruising or other injuries. Also any indirect signs, such as behavioural changes.
  • Details of witnesses to the incidents.
  • The child’s account, if it can be given, of what has happened and how any bruising or other injuries occurred.
  • Have the parents been contacted?
  • If so, what has been said?
  • Has anyone else been consulted? If so, record details.
  • If the child was not the person who reported the incident, has the child been spoken to? If so, what was said?
  • Has anyone been alleged to be the abuser? Record details.
  • Where possible referral to the police or social services should be confirmed in writing within 24 hours and the name of the contact who took the referral should be recorded.

If you are worried about sharing concerns about abuse with a senior colleague, you can contact social services or the police direct, or the NSPCC Child Protection Helpline on 0808 800 5000, or Childline on 0800 1111.

The copyright for the content of the Child Protection Policy is owned by NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU), which has given permission to Sport England for its reproduction.

Health & Safety Policy

Making things safer

1. The Directors of the Meridian Kung Fu regards the promotion of Health and Safety measures as a mutual objective of coach`s and members at every level, and will support all those who endeavour to carry it out.

2. It is therefore this organisation’s policy to do all that is reasonable to prevent personal injury and damage to property and protect everyone including the public, from foreseeable hazards, in so far as they come into contact with the organisation and it’s activities. Meridian Kung Fu Health and Safety conforms to the Health and Safety at Work Act, hence the terminology of employer and employee that is used throughout.

3. In particular we recognise a responsibility:
(a) to provide and maintain a safe and healthy level of instruction.
(b) to provide appropriate training and instructors, so far is reasonably practical, to enable members to practise safely and efficiently.
(c) to encourage the use of all necessary protective equipment and to supervise their use.
(d) to maintain a constant and continuing interest in health and safety matters applicable to this organisation’s activities.

Each School under Meridian banner is an independent entity. As such each school has a head instructor/ Head Master/Head Mistress and it is this individual who is directly responsible for the schools H & S. This individual is ultimately responsible within the kwoon and all facilities used by the instructors, employees, members and visitors. The Head Instructor can appoint a responsible individual to oversee H & S. but the Head Instructor can not abdicate his or her ultimate responsibility for safety in their facilities.

Definition of individuals here and after shall be known as the following.
a) Head instructor the employer.
b) Assistant Instructors, any instructor other than the Head Instructor, potential instructors who are in training to instruct, Volunteers, executive committee members will be know as Employees. All employees, instructing or otherwise, who volunteer their services or obtain some gratuity or service (for example free instruction) in return for their duties must be given a written description of their duties and responsibilities that both parties must sign and agree to before those duties can commence. ALL employees must be CRB checked before they can commence in their duties.
c) Members, students, pupils are to be known as members.
d) Non-members, visitors, family members of students are to be known as visitors.

No visitor should participate in training, only members.

4. Members and Employees have a duty to co-operate in the operation of this policy:
(a) by encouraging safe practices.
(b) by using protective equipment when required.
(c) by reporting incidents that have lead, or may lead to injury or damage.
(d) by adhering to Meridian Kung Fu’s procedures agreed on their behalf for securing a safe environment.
(e) by assisting in the investigation of any incident with the object of introducing measures to prevent recurrence.

General Responsibilities for Health & Safety

It shall be the duty of every employee to ensure that they have familiarised themselves with the contents of this policy and shall include:

1.Familiarising themselves with the premises in use, noting:
a) All exit routes and assembly points.
b) First aid facilities
c) Fire extinguishers.
d) Toilets and changing rooms
e) Notice boards
f) Rules and regulations
g) Telephones
h) Nearest casualty hospital

It is the responsibility of every employer to provide opportunities to familiarise every employee with the above. It is the responsibility of every employer to provide initial induction for every new member in the above.

2. Employees, Members and visitors to the premises shall observe Meridian Kung Fu Health and Safety rules, and any instruction/ advice given by the individuals responsible for the club/ premises or any member legitimately so entitled.

Responsibilities of Members

It shall be the legal duty of every Employer/employee/member/visitor whilst at the premises:
(a) To take reasonable care of Health and Safety of themselves and of other persons who may be affected by his/hers acts or omissions at the premises.
(b) To co-operate so far as is necessary with regard to any duty requirement imposed upon the Employer or instructing Employee or any other persons by or under any statutory provisions, to enable that duty or requirement to be performed or fulfilled.
(c) To make themselves familiar with Meridian Kung Fu’s Health and Safety policy at all times.

Responsibilities of Employers Instructing Employees / Persons in Charge

They shall:
a) familiarise themselves with the safety policy and enforce it at all times.
b) monitor any suggestions or complaints from members or instructors on the subject of safety, and take action where practicable.
c) investigate all accidents and dangerous practices, in conjunction with any person so authorised, and report accordingly.
d) ensure that a record is maintained of all injuries. Such record to be produced as and when required.
e) be directly responsible for the running of club/s under their control.
f) provide adequate supervision of all employees and members, particularly monitoring young or inexperienced members and/or instructing employees.
g) take any action necessary to ensure that legal safety obligations have been carried out by the owners/authority in charge of the premises, i.e. safety fire-check etc.
h) ensure that any training or safety equipment being used is in a safe, clean and serviceable condition.
i) ensure that any prospective instructing employees receives appropriate training as provided by the Meridian Kung Fu and that only authorised persons are placed in a position of supervision of others.
j) Introduce control measures where necessary, to reduce hazards.
k) Ensure that all persons acting on their behalf comply with this and all other Health and Safety regulations.
l) Ensure that all persons comply with any directives relative to insurance indemnities.

Executive / Management Committee

Shall:-
a) advise the members of any standards of safety.
b) have representation on any meetings on Health and Safety.
c) provide and maintain all Health and Safety policy documentation.
d) seek to provide information and training concerning Health and Safety.
e) ensure that all instructors of all ranks, including brown belts in training for instructor levels, are provided with an opportunity to undergo training for coaching and Health and Safety.
f) seek advice from the Central Council for Physical Recreation, The Sports Council and other bodies able to provide instruction or guidance.

Personal Safety Equipment
A wide range of personal protective equipment is available to all martial artists for the Health and Safety of not only the wearer, but also any other persons engaged in activities with them. It is the employers and employees responsibility to maintain an environment where individuals, members or employees, who wish to wear protective equipment are not made to feel inferior for doing so. It must be assumed that any individual wishing to wear protective equipment is doing so because he or she feels the need and as such it must be encouraged.

The range of equipment varies with martial arts disciplines and the rules of combat. The instructor will advise.

The following are available:
a) Head-guard. of suitable material; secure-fitting and protected all round
b) Gum-shield. These should be individually fitted
c) Chest protector for ladies and for
d) Forearm protector
e) Fist protector – These could be 10oz boxing gloves or above( full-contact and Light contact) or cotton mitts or open palmed gloves.( semi-contact)
f) Groin Box
g) Shin protector
h) Boot/instep protector

Safety equipment should be worn during all contact activities where injury could result. Such equipment will usually be determined by national or international rules and regulations.

For personal hygiene and efficiency, borrowing and lending of equipment is not to be encouraged. All members should obtain their own personal items of safety equipment.

Any refusal or non-compliance with any reasonable request to wear adequate safety equipment MUST result in the exclusion of the individual concerned, from any activity requiring such protection, for the health and safety of themselves and others.

First Aid

Under the Health and Safety (First Aid) regulations 1981, premises must have first aid provision.

At least one first aid box should be kept on each of the premises used or occupied by the club/s. Where applicable a qualified first aider or responsible person shall be expected to maintain the box.

A ‘Responsible’ or ‘Appointed person’ is someone who is authorised or expected to take charge of a serious situation (e.g. to call an ambulance) if there is a serious illness or injury. The person will act in the absence of the trained or qualified first aider, or where a qualified first aider is not required.

A qualified first aider is a person who must have undertaken training and obtained qualification. We provide such training by qualified experts in the field. The certificate is valid for 1year.

Emergency first aid training is insisted upon for all appointed persons and should be considered for all employees instructing or otherwise.

A record (Accident book) must be maintained in conjunction with the first aid box.

Members should be made aware of any activity that might be potentially dangerous, and any exclusions to their personal indemnity as a result of such practices.

First Aid Special Precautions
In any situation requiring first aid, certain precautions should be taken to reduce the risk of transmitting infections, including AIDS and hepatitis.
First aiders should always cover any exposed cuts or abrasions they may have with a waterproof dressing before treating a casualty whether or not any infection is suspected.
They should also wash their hands both before and after applying dressings
Whenever blood, semen, or other body fluids have to be mopped up, disposable plastic gloves should always be worn and paper towels used, these items should then be placed in plastic bags and safely disposed of, preferably by burning. Clothing may be cleaned in an ordinary washing machine using the hot cycle. The AIDS virus is killed by household bleach and the area in which any spills have occurred should be disinfected using one part bleach diluted with 10 parts water, caution should be exercised as bleach is corrosive and can be harmful to the skin.
If direct contact with another persons blood or other body fluids occur, the area should be washed as soon as possible with ordinary soap and water. Clean cold tap water should be used if the lips, mouth, tongue, eyes or broken skin are affected and medical advice sought.
First aiders who may be called upon to give mouth to mouth resuscitation should be aware that mouthpieces are available for this procedure for specially trained persons. Such treatment should be provided by continous chest compressions if someone is unwilling to give mouth to mouth.treatment should not be be withheld in an emergency if a mouth piece is not available. No case of infection has been reported from any part of the world as a result of giving mouth to mouth resuscitation.

Training Safety

Mat Space and Mat restrictions
These guidelines are for adult sized individuals training that is any individual equal to or over 14 years of age. Between 9-13 multiply values by 0.7. Between 4 and 9 multiply values by 0.5.
The following is a guide lines only and an employer or instructing employee need to use their professional judgement on safety.
1.5 m2/person for Karate, Tang Soo Do, Tae Kwon Do, most types of Kung Fu,Muay Thai training, savate,
2.0 m2/person goshin jiujutsu, silat , Krav Maga, Systema, ninpo taijutsu, Shau Giao, ambrasare, jeet Kune do, muay thai or semi/full contact striking. Taiji chuan
2.5 m2/person for Aikido, Jujitsu, Judo, escrima, Baguazhang and Shorinji Kempo
5-6 m2 with 1 m surround Jujitsu/ judo/ aiki randori matches.

Minimum Teacher numbers

DFES guidelines state that the maximum advisable pupil to instructor ratio for practical lessons is 20. If numbers exceed 20 per employee/employer then employees should be recruited, instructing or otherwise with the key responsibility of maintaining a safe training environment. It is the employers responsibility to train all individuals in the skills required for assisting in the maintenance of a safe training environment.

Weapons training

No individual shall participate in weapon sparring without the use of sufficient safety/protective equipment.
No Junior member shall participate in any weapon on weapon training or weapon on unarmed training without the direct and constant supervision of a single employer or instructing employee.
No live edged blades or sharp points are permitted to be used in training or permitted to be brought into the kwoon and facility such as changing area.

Notification of Injury and the monitoring of injuries

It is the responsibility of the employer, at he beginning of each lesson, to request from each student a declaration of fitness to train.
If an individual articulates an injury it must be noted in front of the group entire and the option must be given to that individual not to train.
That individual must then be openly monitored throughout the lesson and a training partner must be selected and informed and frequently reminded on the injury.
If the employer is of the opinion that the individual should not train then they should not, if the employer is of the opinion that they can train but with restricted activities then that course of action should be stuck to and monitored.
A written record should be maintained by the employer of the injury which is countersigned at the lesson/s in question by the member.
At the end of each lesson it is the employer’s responsibility to request a declaration from each member to declare their injury status at the end of the lesson. Again this should be done in front of the entire membership.

Warm-ups

Warm ups should be to reduce the possibility of injury while training. Any warm-up too vigorous so as to create fatigue within the individual are by there nature dangerous. As injuries are more likely to occur when fatigued. Relaxed stretching is advised in warm ups.

Members should be encouraged to perform any cardio-vascular exercises at a pace suitable for their fitness level. It is the Employee’s responsibility to maintain a positive environment that encourages individuals to rest when fatigued. Training partners should be encouraged who are at comparable fitness levels as to not encourage excessive competitiveness from those who lack fitness which may result in physical injury.

Cool downs must be performed at the end of the lesson.

Water and rest

All individuals must be encouraged to rest when needed and drink water when needed. This must be verbalised and frequently reinforced during the lesson.

Use of Toilet

Members must inform the employer or employees that they require the toilet. The Member must be asked if they are feeling unwell or injured and the time period of their absence should be monitored.

Employees who require the toilet must inform the employer. An employee may only go to the toilet if the ratio of a minimum of 20 members :1 employee/employer if still maintained. If it is not then members must be required to not participate in training until the employee returns.

Health and Safety Risk Assessment

It is the responsibility of the employer to personally, or via an appointed officer, perform an ongoing risk assessment of all facilities used by employees, members and visitors using the provided pro forma once per four months. These pro forma’s must be returned to Meridian Health and Safety Officer.

Our Health and Safety officer will visit all premises once per year to quality assure all risk assessments.

If a reasonable level of parity between employers and risk assessment does not exist, the employer will be given a period no more than one calendar month to raise standards to an acceptable level. If conditions have not improve to minimum acceptable level then the employers membership of Meridian Kung Fu and insurance will be revoked. After a level of minimum acceptability is reached a further two visits will occur at three month intervals to check that H & S issues have not reoccurred.

Risk Assessment of Syllabus

All syllabi must be submitted for inspection on membership of Meridian . The expectation of Meridian Kung Fu if that all safety issues regarding syllabi must be resolved.

Schools without Syllabi must prepare one, up to and including first degree, within one calendar year of membership of Meridian Kung Fu. Advice must be sought from both the Meridian Kung Fu Health and Safety and Child protection officer while compilation of the Syllabus takes place.

Competition Safety

In addition to the requirements listed elsewhere in this document: It shall be the duty of all competition organisers and promoters to observe the following requirements:
Medical: At all major competitions above club level, a medical doctor must be in attendance in addition to first-aiders and equipment.
Floors: Mats or sprung ring-boards for competitions which involve foot-sweeps, throws, takedowns and full-contact.
Licences: Every fighter must produce his licence which includes a medical record. Any head injury must be entered and in the case of a concussion, a fighter may not compete for 28 days or until cleared by a doctor.
Referees: will make the safety of the fighters the first priority and must stop the contest at any sign of distress or inability to defend.
Rules: Only approved sets of rules may be used including:

Disciplinary Procedures

While the substance of the Disciplinary Procedures (as defined in the Constitution of The Meridian Kung Fu is not changed , it is important to draw the attention of members that the procedure does apply to Health and Safety matters. Failure to observe the rules and guidance in this policy may lead to disciplinary action being taken.

Code of Conduct

All Members guests and visitors must comply with these Rules.

These Rules are incorporated into a Member’s Contract with us and compliance with these Rules is important both to maintain the standards at our Club and to enable Members to get full enjoyment from their Membership. Any person who does not comply with these Rules may be ejected from or denied access to a Club or may have their Membership terminated by Meridian Kung Fu if the non-compliance is serious.

We reserve the right to make reasonable amendments to these Rules or our individual Club operational rules at any time. If we do this we will give Members reasonable advance notice by placing the new Rules on a notice board at each Club.

Etiquette plays a very important role within martial arts and this tradition is held within high esteem at our School.

We expect;

Respect for instructors, the Kwoon and fellow Students:
This is shown by demonstrating general good manners and following the etiquette guide lines taught within class: bow when entering and leaving the Kwoon and when addressing your Sifu or fellow Student.

Respect for self: 
Good personal hygiene and smart Club uniform is mandatory. Shoddy, dirty or non Club attire will not be admitted to the Kwoon under any circumstance.

Punctuality: 
Students will not be admitted into class once the session has begun unless by prior arrangement.

Only insured and licensed Members to participate:
Students are expected to ensure their Licence has not expired. We do remind students when licensing is due for renewal and will therefore refuse entry to the Kwoon until renewed.

Grading:
Students are expected to progress through the grading syllabus in the structured manor. Belt promotions are held three times a year at HQ. Students must have a 90% attendance record to be eligible and must be recommended by an Instructor.

Retro-grade:
Any Student absent for a period over two months without good reason will be retro graded to the previous level.