Safeguarding in Martial Arts is a set of actions that help to ensure all children and vulnerable adults participating in Martial Arts have a positive experience.

Safeguarding is focused on keeping all children and vulnerable adults safe from harm, abuse, violence, exploitation and neglect.

A key part of safeguarding is spreading the message about keeping children and vulnerable adults safe, to challenge community norms and build a community culture at N-Courage of always acting in the best interest of all children and adults at all times.

N-Courage takes safeguarding and the safety of its members extremely seriously. the following links detail N-Courage policies and procedures relating to Safeguarding.

N-Courage Safeguarding Children Policy and Procedures Version 1.0

N-Courage Safeguarding Adults Policy and Procedures Version 1.0

N-courage Safe Practice Policy Version 1.0

The PVG scheme

All N-Courage staff and volunteers are PVG Scheme members. Membership Certificate Statements for all staff and volunteers are available for inspection upon request.

The Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) membership scheme is managed and delivered by Disclosure Scotland. It helps makes sure people whose behaviour makes them unsuitable to work with children and/or protected adults, can’t do ‘regulated work’ with these vulnerable groups.

How the scheme works

When someone applies to join the PVG Scheme Disclosure Scotland carries out criminal record checks and shares the results with individuals and organisations.

The application process involves gathering criminal record and other relevant information. This can be shared with the employer who is providing regulated work, unless the person applies to have a conviction removed from their PVG Scheme record.

Once someone is a PVG scheme member

Disclosure Scotland keeps checking their suitability to continue working with children or protected adults. If they find new information which means someone might have become unsuitable to work with children or protected adults, they’ll tell their employer.

‘Harmful behaviour’ by PVG scheme members

If the courts, police, regulatory bodies or previous employers provide information to Disclosure Scotland which suggests someone may be unsuitable for regulated work, this will trigger a consideration for listing.

Barred from regulated work

If Disclosure Scotland decides that someone’s unsuitable to do regulated work with vulnerable groups, they’ll bar them from working with children and/or protected adults, and inform their current employers. They’ll also remove them from the PVG Scheme and tell any other employers listed on their record that they have been barred.

How long does it last?

A PVG Scheme member’s paper certificate shows the information available on the day it was created. Membership of the scheme lasts forever though, and scheme members are continuously checked, unless they decide to leave the scheme.