As part of our process towards UK Sport and Sport England accreditation we are working towards 'Best Practice' kitemark, known as 'Clubmark'. We undertake our responsibilities seriously and expect the same level of diligence from our students and their parents. All of our coaches are fully accredited, insured and trained in First Aid and safeguarding of young people.
Our Welfare officer is Mr Walshe ( Jim ) at club (07810 782 290). This link contains a copy of a report reviewing our club that was commissioned in 2015 and provided by Thomas's School Battersea Welfare training officer.
Complaints/Injury/Accident/Concern forms are available at the Club
At the end of the page is BritishFencing's safeguarding policy which we adopt as our M/O, containing important guidelines for parents / carers adult fencers and coaches - as condition of membership of our club it is mandatory that all adults have read these ( club code of conduct for the children is issued to the students at club ). We have a disciplinary stepped process of sanctions, from warnings to sitting out, to exclusion from club sessions and reserve the right to withdraw fencers from competing or club fencing where deemed appropriate.
All our assistant coaches, and adults mandated in any role to help have been vetted ( DBS ) appropriately and have requisite qualifications from BritishFencing. All follow best practice guidelines as outlined by the BFA and are intermittently directed to updates to guidelines. Battersea / Thefencingschool also issues an internal document to coaches of our own specific guidelines for additional safeguarding and regular workshops are held internally to monitor and verify BF and club protocol compliance. This document as well as our risk assesments and other logs are available for inspection upon request to club welfare officer.
Concerns should be directed either to the club welfare officer and/or the British Fencing Welfare officer and/ or to Wandsworth council lead safeguarding officer ( Chris Austin 0203 959 0037 ).
Photography at the club is prohibited unless permission has been sought from the coaches ( and which is granted subject to best practice guidelines ). In any case no images may be transmitted nor shared on social media without the express written permission of the parents concerned and the consent of the child both.
Please be aware that bruising and mild injury is common in fencing, it is also normal for children to find competing very stressfull - it is important that parents nurture their children through the process of competing and in all cases speak to coaches before entering tournaments as their child may not be ready. ALL club fencers MUST be members of British Fencing.
Britishfencing.com - Child protection policy.pdf