WKU Child Protection

All club instructors within the WKU are encouraged to attend regional Child Protection Courses, many of these are set up by local authorities, though there are also some very good courses run by sporting bodies.

At our last course we were introduced to a new system that we hope to have up and running later this year. The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) have merged into the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) – click here to link to their website. CRB checks are now called DBS checks. All instructors within the WKU must be DBS checked, this is in our constitution.

Every club in the WKU should have it’s own Child Protection Officer (CPO), it is also advisable to have a male and female representative who are not related. The CPO does not have to be a training student but should be someone who is readily available if required.

Click here to download a pdf of WKU’s Child Protection & Vulnerable Adult Policy.

WKU Child Protection Officers


 WKU Child Protection Officer

Robert Smith 6th Dan
Griffin Karate Club

Contact Robert on 07563 388893
email: robertjohnsmith@outlook.com


Robert is assisted by
Kevin Barrett 5th Dan
Clevedon Karate Club

Contact Kevin on 01275 877811
email: kevin@clevedonkarate.co.uk

and Maxine Baker 3rd Dan
Bristol Karate ClubContact Maxine on 0117 9566758
email: maxbaker06@hotmail.co.uk


And for our clubs in Colchester and the east of England
Peter Hopkins 4th Dan
Great Bentley Karate Club

Contact Peter on 07974 930 272
email: peterhopkins999@hotmail.com

WKU Western Karate Union is a non profit making association promoting the study and practice of Karate, organising tournaments, competitions, courses and events. Members work at local, national and international levels. WKU regulates safe and structured training and examination and certification of karateka.

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