Child Protection Policy

Child Protection Policy

September 2018

 

BKD Performers is fully committed to safeguarding the welfare of all children and young people. It recognises its responsibility to take all reasonable steps to promote safe practice and to protect children from harm, abuse and exploitation. BKD Performers acknowledges its duty to act appropriately to any allegations, reports or suspicions of abuse. Paid staff, volunteers and the BKD community will endeavour to work together to encourage the development of an ethos which embraces difference and diversity and respects the rights of children, young people and adults.

 

BKD Performers recognises its duty of care under the Children and Young

Persons Act 1963, the Children (Performances and Activities) (England) Regulations 2014, the Children Act 1989, the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000 (in Scotland Protection of Children (Scotland) Act 2003) and Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018.

 

1. The BKD culture

 

1.1 BKD Performers believes that:

 

1.    The welfare of the child is paramount;

2.    All children, whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious beliefs and/or sexual identity have the right to protection from abuse;

3.    All suspicions and allegations of abuse should be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately;

4.    All employees and volunteers should fully understand how to respond appropriately

 

1.2 BKD Performers will ensure that:

 

1.    all children will be treated equally and with respect and dignity;

2.    the welfare of each child will always be put first;

3.    a balanced relationship based on mutual trust will be built which empowers the children to share in the decision-making process;

4.    enthusiastic and constructive feedback will be given rather than negative criticism;

5.    bullying will not be accepted or condoned;

6.    all adult members of the organisation provide a positive role model for dealing with other people;

7.    action will be taken to stop any inappropriate verbal or physical behaviour;

8.    it will keep up-to-date with health & safety legislation;

9.    it will be continually informed of changes in legislation and policies for the protection of children;

10. it will undertake relevant development and training

 

2. Procedures

 

BKD ensures that robust safeguarding arrangements and procedures are in operation. In implementing this policy, BKD Performers will:

 

1.    hold a register of every child involved with the organisation and will retain a contact name and number close at hand in case of emergencies.

2.    Ensure all teaching and administrative staff members, as well as volunteers, 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.

3.    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.

4.    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

5.    prevent the employment/deployment of unsuitable individuals by ensuring all staff and volunteers are DBS checked

6.    Ensure that any procedures relating to the conduct of workers/members are implemented in a consistent and equitable manner

7.    At shows and events, adhere to the procedures detailed in the Children and Young Persons Act 1963, the Children (Performances and Activities) (England) Regulations 2014, the Children Act 1989, the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000 (in Scotland Protection of Children (Scotland) Act 2003) and Working Together to Safeguard Children 2013 to protect all children and young people for whom we are responsible.

8.    Risk-assess venues and public events prior to classes and performances

 

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

 

10. Facilitate opportunities for children and young people to express their ideas and views on a wide range of issues in connection with the service they are provided with and to have access to the organisation’s Complaints Procedure.

11. Facilitate involvement of parents or carers in the work of the organisation and to make child protection policies and procedures available to them

 

3. Child Protection Officer

 

1. Catherine Carday is BKD Performers’ dedicated Child Protection/Welfare Officer, in charge of ensuring that the child protection policy and procedures are adhered to. She can be contacted on 07711 322 512.

 

4. Notes

 

1.    This policy should be read in conjunction with the organisation's Equal Opportunities Policy and Health & Safety Policy.

 

2.    This policy will be reviewed in September 2019.

 

Catherine Carday

September 2018