Child Protection Policy

BKD Performers 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 BKD Performers own requirements.

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

  • have a positive and enjoyable experience of dance and drama with BKD Performers in a safe and child centred environment
  • are protected from abuse whilst participating in BKD Performers classes or outside of the activity.

BKD Performers acknowledges that some children, including disabled children and young people or those from 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 BKD Performers will

  • promote and prioritise the safety and wellbeing of children and young people up to the age of 18
  • ensure all teaching and administrative staff members understand their roles and responsibilities in respect of safeguarding and are 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 and involving the Surrey Safeguarding Children Board if necessary.
  • ensure that confidential, detailed and accurate records of all safeguarding concerns are maintained and securely stored, in line with the NSPCC Guidance on Child Protection Records Retention and Storage
  • prevent the employment/deployment of unsuitable individuals by ensuring all staff and volunteers are CRB checked
  • ensure robust safeguarding arrangements and procedures are in operation.

BKD Performers on occasion will participate in shows or events where we have a duty of care under the Children and Young Persons Act 1963, the Children (Performances and Activities) (England) Regulations 2014, the Children Act 1989 and the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000 (in Scotland Protection of Children (Scotland) Act 2003). Working Together to Safeguard Children 2013 to protect all children and young people in our care.

PERFORMERS AND AUTHORISED PERSONNEL ONLY will be allowed in the performing and back stage area.

THE USE OF CAMERAS (VIDEO, STILL or PHONE ) AND OTHER RECORDING EQUIPMENT IS NOT PERMITTED due to copyright and Child Safe Guarding issues, especially during the performances. Some authorised photography may be allowed during the shows by BKD Performers staff or authorised personnel. It is not BKD Performers policy to remove the phone, camera or video equipment however any evidence of photos being taken during a theatre show on social media or otherwise will be removed.

Chaperones and responsible adults MUST NOT use their own personal cameras, phones or other equipment to take photos backstage or in the performing area. This also applies to ALL children under licence.

 Where parents/guardians/carers do not wish photos to be taken at all, then the responsible adult attending should ensure that their child/pupil/vulnerable adult is not included in official authorised photos.

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

Monitoring

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 Surrey Safeguarding Children Board
  • as a result of any other significant change or event.