You can access the EMD UK safeguarding polices at https://emduk.org/safeguarding/, here you will also find useful resources, training, information for parents and guardians as well as the young people’s portal.
EMD UK’s priority is to ensure that the delivery of all group exercise activities is done in a safe and protective manner that promotes the welfare of all children and young people and protects them from harm.
Safeguarding in group exercise must have three key elements:
- The creation of a culture/environment in which children are valued and their right to be safe is upheld
- The management of risk to minimise circumstances where children involved in activities may suffer harm
- Working together with other organisations that have a responsibility to safeguard and protect children.
EMD UK wants to ensure that adults are protected whilst exercising. EMD UK has developed their Adult Safeguarding Policy so that all involved know what processes and procedures to follow and who they can contact for help if they have any safeguarding concerns. You can download the policy via the link above.
EMD UK is committed to creating and maintaining a safe and positive environment for all adults and accepts our specific responsibility to have procedures in place to protect adults at risk of harm or abuse.
Experts in adult safeguarding, the Ann Craft Trust assisted EMD UK in the development of the policy and procedures and also ran an educational webinar for group exercise instructors and organisations. You can view the webinar here.
If you have a concern about an individual at risk, please contact an EMD UK Safeguarding Officer on 01403 266000 or email [email protected]. You can also contact your local authority or the police if you have urgent concerns and a list of contacts are provided HERE.