Karate Wales Ltd. - Child Restraint Policy

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CHILD RESTRAINT POLICY

The purpose of this Policy is to safeguard the well-being of Students and Instructors/Coaches, when an incident requires the use of Physical Intervention.

Its intention is to develop and encourage, consistent and safe practices in the use of Physical Restraint. Instructors/Coaches should not hesitate to act in an emergency, provided they follow these guidelines.

However, they should always satisfy themselves, that the action they take, would be considered justifiable by a wider audience of their Colleagues & Peers and Physical Restraint is the “Positive Application of Force” required to protect or prevent a child from causing injury to him/herself, others or seriously damaging property.

Injury means “Significant Injury”; this would include: Actual Bodily Harm or Grievous Bodily Harm, Physical or Sexual Abuse, risking the lives of, or injury to, themselves or others, by wilful or reckless behaviour, and Self-Poisoning.

On any occasion where Physical Restraint is used, it must be evident, that there were strong indicators, that if immediate action had not been taken, injury or damage would have followed.


Guidance: During an Incident

In any application of Physical Restraint, the “Minimum Reasonable Force” should be used to calm down the situation. Help should be summoned from colleagues. Other Students should never be involved in restraint.

The Student should be approached calmly but firmly. Where possible, explain the consequences of refusing to stop the unwarranted behaviour and continue to communicate with the Student throughout the incident. It should be made clear that the physical contact or restraint will stop, as soon as it ceases to be necessary. A calm and measured approach is needed and an Instructor/Coach must never give the impression that he/she has lost his/her temper, or is acting out of anger or frustration - or to punish the Student.

The method of restraint employed must use the “Minimum Reasonable Force/Intervention” for the “Minimum Reasonable Time” and must observe the following requirements:


Restraint must NOT:

  • Involve hitting the Student.
  • Involve deliberately inflicting pain on the Student.
  • Restrict the Students breathing.
  • Involve contact with sexually sensitive areas. 


During any incident the Restrainer should: 

  • Offer verbal reassurance to the Student.
  • Cause the minimum level of restriction of movement.
  • Reduce the danger of any accidental injury.


Physical intervention can take several forms and may involve others;

  • Offer verbal reassurance to the Student. 
  • Cause the minimum level of restriction of movement.
  • Reduce the danger of any accidental injury. 
  • Physically interposing between Students.
  • Blocking a Students path; 
  • Leading a Student by the hand or arm.
  • Shepherding a Student, by placing a hand in the centre of the back.


Or in extreme circumstances

  • Using greater restrictive holds. 


Dos and Don’ts

Do

  • Be aware of any feelings of anger.
  • Summon help.
  • Continue to talk to the Student in a calm & professional manner.
  • Provide a soft surface if possible.
  • Be aware of any accessories worn by you or the Students that may cause harm.
  • Hold the Students arms by his/her sides.

Don't

  • Try to manage on your own.
  • Stop talking, even if the Student doesn’t reply.
  • Straddle the Student.
  • Push arms up the back.
  • Touch the Student near the throat or head.
  • Put pressure on joints.


Recording Incidents

Written reports must be kept, on any occasion when force is used. The Instructor/Coach concerned should advise their association and Karate Wales Ltd. Child Protection Officer immediately following the incident and provide a written report as soon as possible afterwards. The report should include: 

  • Name(s) of the Student(s) involved.
  • When and where the incident took place.
  • Name(s) of any other Coaches & Students who witnessed the incident.
  • Proof or reason that force was necessary. 
  • Description of how the incident began and progressed.
  • Students response and outcome of the incident.
  • Details of any injury suffered by Student/Coach/Witness or any damage to property. 

Instructors/Coaches may find it helpful to seek advice from their Professional Association or a Senior Colleagues when making a report. An Incident Report Sheet 

 

Karate Wales Ltd. Child Restraint Incident Report

 

Date of Report: .........................................................

 

Date of Incident: ......................................................

 

Incident: .............................................................................................................

 

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Child Involved: ........................................................

 

Coach Involved: .......................................................

 

Coach / Restrainer Details

 

Full Name: .................................................................................

 

Age: ...................... Date of Birth: .........................................

 

K.W. Ltd. Licence No.: ................................................... Expiry Date: .....................

 

Address: ...........................................................................................................................

 

.................................................................................... Post Code: ........................

 

Telephone: ............................................ Mobile: .....................................................

 

Email: ....................................................................... Fax: ...............................................

 

Association: .............................................................. Club: .............................................

 

K.W. Ltd. Coach Licence No.: ................................ Expiry Date: .................................

 

Professional Indemnity No.: .................................... Insurance 

 

Karate Wales Ltd. Child Restraint Policy & Procedures 2013

 

Child / Restrained Details

 

Full Name: .................................................................................

 

Age: ...................... Date of Birth: .........................................

 

K.W. Licence No.: ................................................... Expiry Date: .....................

 

Parent/Guardian Name: ...................................................................................................

 

Address: ...........................................................................................................................

 

.................................................................................... Post Code: ........................

 

Telephone: ............................................ Mobile: .....................................................

 

Email: ....................................................................... Fax: ...............................................

 

Association: .............................................................. Club: .............................................

 

Witness 1

 

Name: ......................................................................................

 

Address: ...........................................................................................................................

 

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Contact No.: ...............................................................

 

Witness 2

 

Name: ......................................................................................

 

Address: ...........................................................................................................................

 

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Contact No.: ...............................................................

 

Witness 3

 

Name: ......................................................................................

 

Address: ...........................................................................................................................

 

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Contact No.: ...............................................................

 

Witness 4

 

Name: ......................................................................................

 

Address: ...........................................................................................................................

 

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Contact No.: ...............................................................

 

Reason For Restraint

 

(e.g. Expected Personal Injury, Self Harm etc.)

 

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Description/Account of Incident

 

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Outcome Of Incident

 

Restraint: ......................................................................................

 

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(e.g. Did the Student respond positively or negatively to restraint. Was the situation resolved by the 

 

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(e.g. Totally resolved, no further action required or were there threats or intimidation aimed towards 

 

any involved person. Has exclusion taken place?)

 

Emergency Services

 

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Medical Assistance Required:

 

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In the event of Personal Injury or Property Damage, a Crime Number will be issued. 

 

Crime No.: .....................................

 

These accounts have been given to the best of my knowledge and recollection of the 

 

Signature: ............................................................ Date: .............................................

 

 

De-Briefing of Incident

 

(This Section is for Analysis & Continuous Professional Development Only)

 

Do you believe your handling of the incident was correct?

 

If No, in hindsight, what would you have done differently?

 

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Do you believe you were equipped to deal with the situation?

 

If No, what training would you like to receive?

 

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Do you believe your actions would be considered justifiable by a wider audience of your Colleagues & Peers and the Public at large.

 

If No, how do you think they would you have perceived your actions?

 

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Would this incident, your subsequent actions and its outcome, deter you from continuing your Coaching of Athletes in the future.

 

If Yes, please give details.

 

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