Safeguarding Children in Martial Arts (SCiMA) welcomes all heads of association, coaches (instructors), and safeguarding officers involved in martial arts, in the United Kingdom, to register with us. Membership will provide access the martial arts workforce DBS checking service, online learning, safeguarding policy support and casework management assistance. Our annual online learning programme will enable you to develop and maintain an understanding of safer recruitment, safer participation and first aid essentials, as a minimum operating standard. We also expect members to participate in SCiMA approved face to face training in safeguarding and first aid every 3 years, with our partner organisations.
SCiMA also welcome applications from organisations with Sport England recognised National Governing Body (NGB) status. SCiMA also welcome applications from regulated and non-regulated martial arts, to assist them on their journey to embed best practice in safeguarding. SCiMA works with the Martial Arts Safeguarding Group and safeguarding professionals to provide a high-quality service which aims to protect all those participating in martials arts.
The SCiMA online learning is focused on martial arts and consistent with the Sport England Safeguarding Code in Martial Arts.
Please note that SCiMA require all members to submit photographic identification (eg passport or driving licence) as part of the identification verification process. If you do not have photographic identification then please contact us.
National Governing Body Sponsorship and Endosement
As a Sport England recognised NGB, the British Council for Chinese Martial Arts (BCCMA) require all martial arts coaches to have an appropriate DBS check and ecourage Chinese martial artists to register with SCiMA to obtain a DBS check. All coaches working in regulated activity must obtain an Enhanced DBS Check. The BCCMA also endorse the approach to safeguarding through SCiMA online learning and strongly encourage members to register with the Sport England recognised Safeguarding Code in Martial Arts.
To qualify for a volunteer check, the applicant must not:
SCiMA have simplified the registration process; so, from 1 January 2020, there is a flat rate registration fee for all types of martial arts organisation.The fees are annual and provide access to both the DBS checking service and current quality assured safeguarding resources.
1. Registration - Online Learning
2. Registration - Volunteer DBS
3. Registration - Employed DBS
The Safeguarding Children in Martial Arts (SCiMA) provides advice, guidance, policy updates, professional services and signposting for learning and development activities for martial arts schools in the United Kingdom.
SCiMA is offering access to safeguarding materials for all Heads of Association, Martial Arts Coaches (Instructors) and Safeguarding/Welfare Officers. Access to the safeguarding resources is also now available to Assistant Coaches or Athletes working towards coaching qualifications.
SCiMA's objective is to offer an opportunity for Coaches in schools, clubs and associations to meet the minimum operating standards required for child protection, safeguarding vulnerable adults and safer recruitment practice. The online learning is consistent with the Sport England Safeguarding in Martial Arts Code.
Your licence and insurance for coaches should be arranged through your club, association and/or NGB. There is a facility to upload your insurance certificate to your SCiMA profile to confirm that you are insured.
The SCiMA Card is only available to registered Coaches with NGB recognised coaching qualifications, who have successfully completed the SCiMA online learning and development modules and who have been SCiMA DBS checked. You are also required to undertake face to face safeguarding and first aid training every 3 years. To know more about the SCiMA Card visit the SCiMA website.
Information about SCiMA training courses can be accessed through the SCiMA website.
The following online training courses are recommended and required to obtain your SCiMA card:
SCiMA is a non-political, non-profit making and voluntary organisation. SCiMA was established in the United Kingdom on 13 August 2014 to replace its predecessor the Martial Arts Development Council (MADC). SCiMA will respond to the growing demand for regulation, consistent and standardised approaches to coaching, child protection and safe recruitment practice in martial arts in the United Kingdom.
SCiMA does not make technical assessment for martial artists. SCiMA's interest is in the promotion of child safeguarding within martial arts not the specifics of the martial art being taught.
Although self-governing, SCiMA will work in partnership with national and international organisations to promoting best practice in martial arts coaching and organisational management. This includes professionalising coaching standards working with relevant organisations in the UK and internationally.
SCiMA provide the following services:
For more information about registration visit the SCiMA website.