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No Mercy Wrestling Event Production is committed to Safeguarding in line with national legislation and relevant national and local guidelines. In addition to this, we will be in constant contact with local safeguarding boards to ensure our practises are not only up to date, but are consistent for our promotion. To do this we will safeguard adults by ensuring that our events and activities are delivered in a way which keeps all adults safe.

No Mercy Wrestling Event Production is committed to creating a culture of zero-tolerance of any kind of harm to adults/children which necessitates: the recognition of adults who may be at risk and the circumstances which may increase risk; knowing how adults abuse, how exploitation or neglect manifests itself; and being willing to report safeguarding concerns. This policy will serve to show the process and definitions we will take to do this.

No Mercy Wrestling Event Production is committed to the use of the best safeguarding practice and to uphold the rights of all persons to live a life free from harm from abuse, exploitation and neglect. We will do this with additional policies that will outline codes of conduct expected from talent and staff working for us, as well as disciplinary guidelines should we need to investigate concerns.

Policy Statement

No Mercy Wrestling Event Production believes everyone has the right to live free from abuse or neglect regardless of age, ability or disability, sex, race, religion, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, marital or gender status. No Mercy Wrestling Event Production is committed to creating and maintaining a safe and positive environment and an open, listening culture where people feel able to share concerns without fear of retribution.

No Mercy Wrestling Event Production acknowledges that safeguarding is everybody’s responsibility and is committed to prevent abuse and neglect through safeguarding the welfare of any and all people involved.

No Mercy Wrestling Event Production recognises that health, well-being, ability, disability and need for care and support can affect a person’s resilience. We recognise that some people experience barriers, for example; communication in raising concerns or seeking help. We also recognise these can change and vary at different points of a person's life.

No Mercy Wrestling Event Production recognises that there is currently no governing body to safeguard people who have needs for care and support within the professional wrestling industry, but we are fully committed to protecting those who are unable to take action to protect themselves, and will act in accordance with the relevant safeguarding legislation and with local statutory safeguarding procedures.

Actions taken by No Mercy Wrestling Event Production will be consistent with the principles of safeguarding, ensuring that any action taken is prompt, proportionate and that it includes and respects the voice of the person concerned using ‘Making Safeguarding Personal’.


The purpose of this policy is to demonstrate the commitment of No Mercy Wrestling Event Production to safeguarding and to ensure that everyone involved in No Mercy Wrestling Event Production is aware of:

● The legislation, policy and procedures for safeguarding

● Their role and responsibility for safeguarding

● What to do or who to speak to if they have a concern relating to the welfare or

wellbeing of any person involved within the promotion.

This safeguarding policy and associated procedures apply to all individuals involved with No Mercy Wrestling Event Production including, but not limited to; Management, Staff, Talent, Referees/Officials, Crew and any other persons booked to work/volunteer at our events.

We expect our partner organisations, affiliated promotions, suppliers and sponsors to adopt and demonstrate their commitment to the principles and practice as set out in this Safeguarding Adults Policy and associated procedures.


In order to implement this policy, No Mercy Wrestling Event Production will ensure that;

● Everyone involved with No Mercy Wrestling Event Production is aware of the safeguarding procedures and knows what to do and who to contact if they have a concern relating to the welfare or wellbeing of any/all individuals

● All concerns are taken seriously, responded to promptly, and followed up in line with No Mercy Wrestling Event Production Safeguarding Policy and Procedures.

● The well-being of those at risk of harm will be put first and the person actively supported to communicate their views and the outcomes they want to achieve using ‘Making Safeguarding Personal.’ Those views and wishes will be respected and supported unless there are overriding reasons not to.

● Any actions taken will respect the rights and dignity of all those involved and be proportionate to the risk of harm.

● Confidential, detailed and accurate records of all safeguarding concerns are maintained and securely stored in line with Data Protection Policy and Procedures.

● No Mercy Wrestling Event Production will act in accordance with best practice advice, for example, from UK Sport, Sport England, Sport Wales, Sport Scotland, Sport Northern Ireland, National Governing Bodies, NSPCC, Ann Craft Trust, and local authority Safeguarding Boards, until such a time a Governing Body is created for Professional Wrestling.

● No Mercy Wrestling Event Production will cooperate with the Police and the relevant Local Authorities in taking action with safeguarding.

● All No Mercy Wrestling Event Production management, staff, talent, referees/officials and any other person working for the company will understand their role and responsibility for safeguarding.

● Information about anyone found to be a risk to any/all persons will be promptly shared with the appropriate bodies. For example: Disclosure and Barring Service, Police, Local Authority/Social Services.

This policy will be reviewed annually or during the following circumstances;

● A National Governing Body (NGB) for Professional Wrestling is created

● There is a change in legislation

● There is a significant event or change within the wrestling industry.


No Mercy Wrestling Event Production is committed to developing and maintaining the implementation of this policy and all other procedures. In order to do so the following will be in place:

● Having a clear line of accountability within the organisation for the safety and welfare of all persons.

● Ensuring access to relevant legal and professional advice where necessary.

● Regular Safeguarding Officer reports detailing how risks to safeguarding are being addressed and how any reports have been addressed. This will be carried out in conjunction with No Mercy Wrestling Event Production management and other relevant safeguarding organisations.

● Safeguarding procedures that deal effectively with any concerns of abuse or neglect, including those caused through poor practice or cultures within the industry.

● A Safeguarding Officer will be put in place at No Mercy Wrestling Event Production, and will be reviewed (and possibly re-appointed) every 12 months.

● Clear lines of communication so as to work effectively with other relevant organisations to safeguard and promote the welfare of all.

● Codes of conduct for Management, Crew, Talent and Referees that specify zero tolerance of abuse in any form.

● Risk assessments that specifically include safeguarding of all persons.

● Policies and procedures that address consistency with this Safeguarding Adults policy and our commitment to the safety of adults.

It can be difficult to tell the difference between poor practice and abuse, whether intentional or accidental. It is not the responsibility of any individual involved with No Mercy Wrestling Event Production to make judgements regarding whether or not abuse is taking place. We do recognise however that we have the responsibility to identify poor practice and potential abuse, and act upon this if we have concerns. We will also vocally implement well-being as it is threaded throughout the Care Act. While we all have our own definition of what well-being is deemed as and what it should look like, the following list addresses the standards of well-being No Mercy Wrestling Event Production will be including;

• Personal dignity (including treatment of the individual with respect)

• Physical and mental health and emotional wellbeing

• Protection from abuse and neglect

• Participation in work, education, training or recreation

• Social and economic wellbeing

• Domestic, family and personal domains

• Suitability of the individual’s living accommodation

• The individual’s contribution to society.


The legislation, practise and procedures used in this policy are based on definitions and principles with UK Legislation and Government Guidance. They take the following into consideration;

• The Care Act 2014

• The Protection of Freedoms Act 2012

• Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims (Amendment) Act 2012

• The Equality Act 2010

• The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006

• Mental Capacity Act 2005

• Sexual Offences Act 2003

• The Human Rights Act 1998

• The Data Protection Act 1998


The following definitions are used when understanding No Mercy Wrestling Event Production’s Safeguarding Policy:

● An Adult is anyone aged 18 or over.

● Adult at Risk is a person aged 18 or over who has needs for care and support (whether or not the local authority is meeting any of those needs) and is experiencing, or is at risk of, abuse or neglect and as a result of those care and support needs is unable to protect themselves from either the risk of, or the

experience of, abuse or neglect.

● Abuse is a violation of an individual’s human and civil rights by another person or persons.

● Adult Safeguarding is protecting a person’s right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect.

● Capacity refers to the ability to make a decision at a particular time, for example when under considerable stress. The starting assumption must always be that a person has the capacity to make a decision unless it can be established that they lack capacity (MCA 2005).

Types of Abuse and Neglect

The Care Act 2014 identifies the following 10 behaviours as signs of abuse. This list is a guide and is not intended to be a definitive list of what can or may be reported as a safeguarding concern.

• Physical abuse – including assault, hitting, slapping and pushing. Within Professional Wrestling this also includes restraint or inappropriate sanctions. This includes, but is not limited to; “giving receipts”, intentionally “stiffing” your opponent or any other wrestling related hazing and horseplay.

• Sexual abuse – including rape, indecent exposure, sexual harassment, inappropriate looking or touching, sexual teasing or innuendo, sexual photography, subjection to pornography or witnessing sexual acts, indecent exposure and sexual assault or sexual acts to which the adult has not consented or was pressured into consenting.

• Psychological abuse – including emotional abuse, deprivation of contact, humiliation, blaming, controlling, intimidation, coercion, harassment, verbal abuse, cyber bullying, isolation and withdrawal from services.

• Neglect and acts of omission – including ignoring medical, emotional or physical care needs, failure to provide access to appropriate health, care and support or educational services, the withholding of the necessities of life, such as medication, adequate nutrition and heating.

• Financial or material abuse – including theft, fraud, internet scamming, coercion in relation to an person's financial affairs or arrangements.

• Discriminatory abuse – including forms of harassment, slurs or similar treatment; because of race, gender and gender identity, age, disability, sexual orientation or religion. Discrimination is abuse which centres on a difference or perceived difference of protected characteristics of the Equality Act.

• Self-neglect – this covers a wide range of behaviour neglecting to care for one’s personal hygiene, health or surroundings.

• Domestic violence and coercive control – including psychological, physical, sexual, financial, emotional abuse; so called ‘honour’ based violence. Domestic abuse is not specific or limited to spousal abuse and can involve family members.

• Modern slavery – encompasses human trafficking, forced labour and domestic servitude. Traffickers and slave masters use whatever means they have at their disposal to coerce, deceive and force individuals into a life of abuse, servitude and inhumane treatment.

• Organisational abuse – includes poor practises, lack of procedure and structure, it can be through neglect or poor professional practice as a result of the structure, policies, processes and practices within an organisation. Organisational abuse is very prevalent in professional wrestling and due to no regulatory

body in the industry, it is important to know the signs. Organisational abuse may range from one off incidents to on-going ill treatment. Organisational abuse can involve more than one abuser and can surround a culture that doesn’t recognise or respond to actions of an abuser/abusers. You may see this type of poor practice as a result of the lack of structure, accountability, policies, processes and practices within a promotion/training academy.

Not included in the Care Act 2014 but also relevant:

● Cyber Bullying – Cyber bullying is when somebody repeatedly sends abuse to another person online. It can come in many forms but may include abuse sent via emails, text messages, online forums or any other use of social media with the intention to harm, damage, humiliate or isolate another person. Cyber bullying can be used to carry out many types of abuse and hate speech (such as racist, homophobic or

identity bullying) but in stead of the offender carrying out the bullying face-to-face, they will use technology instead.

● Cyber Crime – Cyber crime continues to rise worldwide and affects businesses and individuals alike. Cyber Crime can include: Hacking (particularly of social media accounts or emails), Phishing (fake emails that ask for passwords and personal information to then obtain often financial information), Malicious Software (including ransomware which criminals hijack files and hold them to ransom) and Distributed

Denial of Service Attacks (DDoS) against websites.

● Mate Crime – Defined by the Safety Net Project as ‘when vulnerable people are befriended by members of the community who go on to exploit and take advantage of them. It may not be an illegal act but still has a negative effect on the individual.’ Mate Crime is usually carried out by someone the victim knows personally, and often happens in private. It may also involve ‘cuckooing’ (when an individual moves into a home to enact abuse or take advantage of a vulnerable individual in their own home. It’s often associated with ‘county lines’ exploitation, but may also see individuals at risk taken advantage of in other ways as listed in the types of abuse above.)

● Radicalisation – The aim of radicalisation is to attract people to their reasoning, recruit people and embed their extreme views and persuade vulnerable individuals of the legitimacy of their cause. This may be direct through a relationship, or through social media.

No Mercy Wrestling Event Production’s 6 Safeguarding Principles

Six key principles underpin all safeguarding work. At No Mercy Wrestling Event Production we will ensure that we implement:

• Empowerment – People being supported and encouraged to make their own decisions and informed consent. We will support this with our own policies and procedures so anyone can tell their story with consent and in a safe environment. We will also actively find support for those who need it.

• Prevention – It is better to take action before harm occurs. To do this, alongside our policies and procedures, we will ensure we consistently and effectively educate ourselves on safeguarding, and ensure all members within our team and roster understand the signs to look out for when a person is at risk.

• Proportionality – We will make sure to take the least intrusive response with any safeguarding risks to limit the dangers to anyone making the reports and reduce potential harm. We will also work with them, in line with ‘Making Safeguarding Personal’ to ensure they have the right advice, plans and resources to support them.

• Protection – Support and representation for those in greatest need. To do this No Mercy Wrestling Event Production have been developing procedures to make sure we are up to date on standards and procedures with safeguarding. We will make sure that our staff members fully understand laws and rules in the UK and keep up to date on changes to any legislation. We will also speak to others within the industry, to ensure that all safeguarding concerns are dealt with and any potential openings to abuse can be closed effectively and quickly.

• Partnership – We will work to find local solutions through services working with their communities. Communities have a part to play in preventing, detecting and reporting neglect and abuse, to do this we must keep an open line of communication with all involved in safeguarding.

• Accountability – We will ensure accountability and transparency is delivered in all areas of safeguarding. We will ensure all policies are kept up to date, and notify of any changes that are necessary. We will also make sure we continue to educate ourselves and our members on all areas and developments within safeguarding.

Making Safeguarding Personal

‘Making Safeguarding Personal’ is defined by the Ann Craft Trust as “person led and outcome focused”. It engages the person in a conversation about how best to respond to their safeguarding situation in a way that enhances involvement, choice and control. As well as improving quality of life, well-being and safety.”

Wherever it is possible, we will discuss safeguarding concerns with the adult to get their view of what they would like to happen. We will keep them involved in the safeguarding process, seeking their consent to share information outside of the organisation where necessary.

Policy Purpose

It is important for everyone at No Mercy Wrestling Event Production to have a place to go where they can safely raise concerns. Management, Talent, Crew, and all affiliates of No Mercy Wrestling Event Production are covered by this policy. This policy sets out what a person should do and who they should talk to if they have reason to believe that there is a safeguarding concern, or if something unlawful or unethical is taking place at work and it is affecting (or risks affecting) them or other colleagues. It will also demonstrate what to do if one should be dissatisfied with management's response to the concerns. Reporting these kinds of concerns is called whistleblowing.

There will be no reprisals for individuals who bring these concerns to our attention – we value all such reports and those who make them to us. We all play an important role in ensuring that our business and everyone working in and with it acts professionally, lawfully and appropriately. No Mercy Wrestling Event Production will review this policy annually, or if/when a significant event or incident happens within professional wrestling or the promotion.

What Sorts of Activities are Typically Considered Relevant to Whistleblowing?

This is not an exhaustive list, but the types of concerns you may want to raise with No Mercy Wrestling Event Production by whistleblowing could include:

● Any activity you suspect is criminal

● Any activity you believe is a safeguarding concern

● Any activity you suspect puts health and safety at risk

● Any activity you suspect may damage the environment

● Any activity you suspect breaches the code of conducts

● Any attempt to conceal one or more of these activities

Please speak to No Mercy Wrestling Event Production’s Safeguarding Officer - RHYS BALDWIN, or any member of management if you are unsure whether something that you are concerned about is covered by this policy.

Confidentiality and Anonymity

You are always encouraged to raise concerns openly, and anonymous reports will be considered but discouraged. The reason for this is it is not always easy to manage and to investigate anonymous reports, especially since if we are unable to ask you for further details, we may struggle to clarify and find evidence to support your allegations and/or reach an informed conclusion. However, if you prefer to keep your identity anonymous, we will do all that we can to ensure that you retain your anonymity, and the confidentiality of your concerns, as far as possible. If we need to disclose your identity to others as part of the investigation, we will always discuss with you beforehand both our desire and our reasons for wishing to identify you. There are no reprisals for mistakes or if following our investigations, we conclude that there has been no breach of law, policy or unethical conduct. However, to qualify for protection, the disclosure must, in the reasonable belief of the worker making the disclosure, show that one or more of the following events has happened, is happening or is likely to happen and that it is in the public interest to make the disclosure:

● A criminal offence

● Safeguarding concern

● Danger to health & safety of any individual

● Danger to the environment

● Deliberate concealment of any of any of the above

If at any time, you feel that you have not been fairly or properly treated by No Mercy Wrestling Event Production in the handling of your whistleblowing concern, you must inform us immediately. You should inform No Mercy Wrestling Event Production’s Safeguarding Officer - RHYS BALDWIN, or management in the first instance.

We strive to protect whistleblowers from others, so when a whistleblower reports to us that they have been treated inappropriately by others, (including having received threats as a result of raising their concerns), we will take disciplinary action against those individuals as outlined in the No Mercy Wrestling Event Production disciplinary policy. The consequences of us taking this action could include dismissal of such individual(s) for gross misconduct.

Our Procedure for Raising a Whistleblowing Concern

Please follow this procedure:

● Raise your concerns with No Mercy Wrestling Event Production’s Safeguarding Officer - RHYS BALDWIN  in the first instance. You can do so in writing or in person.

● If you would prefer not to discuss your concerns with the Safeguarding Officer, you should write or speak to No Mercy Wrestling Event Production management. The investigation will then be reviewed, and a final decision will be made. If management believes the outcome is correct, the reasons for this will then be explained to the whistleblower.

● Please explain that you are raising your concerns as part of the No Mercy Wrestling Event Production whistleblowing policy and procedure. Then set out all the key information, including names of those involved and all relevant dates and facts.

● You will be invited to a meeting at which you can discuss your concerns. You are entitled to bring someone with you to this meeting – and any subsequent meetings. That companion may be a colleague (or a trade union representative, if relevant). Anyone who accompanies you will be asked to agree to keep the details of the meeting strictly confidential, including any contents disclosed and/or discussed during it. This expectation of confidentiality will apply before, during and after the meeting and any following investigation that we conduct in relation to the concerns raised by you.

● Following this meeting, we will investigate the matters raised and we may request that you come to additional meetings to assist the investigation. We may also decide to involve relevant external (or internal) specialists, such as local authority safeguarding boards, to help us conduct a thorough, fair and responsible investigation.

● Those involved in the proceedings of this investigation will keep you informed about all progress as far as they are able. For a number of reasons, generally relating to legal obligations, including obligations of confidence, to others, or in relation to any legal advice that we may decide to take on our own behalf, we may not be able to share every detail of the investigation with you. We will always strive to reassure you, as best as we can, of the fact that we are taking your concerns seriously.

● It is possible that the outcome of our investigations will not be one that you find satisfactory. If this happens, you are entitled to appeal to No Mercy Wrestling Event Production’s management and request a review of what has been decided. If you have raised a concern in good faith, our process and all those involved in giving effect to it will support and protect you. However, if a false concern is raised with us in bad faith (e.g. for malicious reasons), we will invoke our disciplinary policy and you may be subject to disciplinary action as outlined in the No Mercy Wrestling Event Production disciplinary policy.


All management at No Mercy Wrestling Event Production will need to be informed of possible disclosures, unless they have personally been named in the concern. This policy will be reviewed in one (1) years time or if/when a significant event or incident happens within professional wrestling or the promotion.

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