Ronin Grappling Child Protection Statement

Though we do not offer children classes as of yet, we do welcome children of 12-17 years old to participate in the adult classes when training with a parent or guardian. At present 12-17 year olds cannot attend classes by themselves.

As such we outline here a clear child protection policy in line with Sport Scotland & charity Children 1st guidelines on Safeguarding Children in Sport.

Ronin Grappling acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice and UK Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Association (UKBJJA) requirements.

The policy recognises that the welfare and interests of children are paramount in all circumstances. It aims to ensure that regardless of age, ability or disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation, socio-economic background, all children:

  • have a positive and enjoyable experience of sport at Ronin Grappling in a safe and child centred environment
  • are protected from abuse whilst participating in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or outside of the activity.

Ronin Grappling acknowledges that some children, including differently abled children and young people or those from lgbtqi+ or ethnic minority communities, can be particularly vulnerable to abuse and we accept the responsibility to take reasonable and appropriate steps to ensure their welfare.

As part of our safeguarding policy Ronin Grappling will:

  • promote and prioritise the safety and wellbeing of children and young people
  • ensure everyone understands their roles and responsibilities in respect of safeguarding and is provided with appropriate learning opportunities to recognise, identify and respond to signs of abuse, neglect and other safeguarding concerns relating to children and young people
  • ensure appropriate action is taken in the event of incidents/concerns of abuse and support provided to the individual/s who raise or disclose the concern
  • ensure that confidential, detailed and accurate records of all safeguarding concerns are maintained and securely stored
  • prevent the employment/deployment of unsuitable individuals
  • ensure robust safeguarding arrangements and procedures are in operation.

The policy and procedures will be widely promoted and are mandatory for everyone involved in Ronin Grappling. Failure to comply with the policy and procedures will be addressed without delay and may ultimately result in dismissal/exclusion from the organisation.

The named Child Protection & Wellbeing officer is team member Cristiana Theodoli whose responsibilities will include promoting this policy and ensuring it is implemented; being a first point of contact for any concerns from both team members and members of the public; and ensuring any concerns reported are addressed in line with national, local and UKBJJA legislations.

In her role as a registered Adult nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, Cristiana has also received extensive Child Protection training and has up to date Paediatric Immediate Life Support qualifications as approved by the UK Resuscitation Council.


The policy will be reviewed a year after development and then every three years, or in the following circumstances:

  • changes in legislation and/or government guidance
  • as required by the Local Safeguarding Children Board, UK Sport and/or Home Country Sports Councils and the UKBJJA.
  • as a result of any other significant change or event.

Published February 2019.

Reviewed February 2020.

Reviewed March 2021.

Reviewed March 2022 

Reviewed August 2023.