Safeguarding Policy

Brilliant Theatre Arts Safeguarding Policy Statement

Brilliant Theatre Arts Ltd 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 NNECC 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 performance at Brilliant Theatre Arts in a safe and child centred environment
• are protected from abuse whilst participating in [the activity provided by the Brilliant Theatre Arts or outside of the activity.
Brilliant Theatre Arts 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 Brilliant Theatre Arts 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 Brilliant Theatre Arts. 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 Local Safeguarding Children Board, NNECC and NSPCA
• as a result of any other significant change or event.
• http://www.legislation.gov.uk/id/uksi/2014/3309 (Last reviewed Mar 2017)

CHILD PROTECTION POLICY
Introduction

Brilliant Theatre Arts have a moral and legal obligation to ensure that, when given responsibility for children
all staff, chaperones, parents/legal guardians and volunteers accept their responsibilities to safeguard
children from harm and abuse. This means to ensure that everyone follows procedures to protect children
and report any concerns about their welfare to appropriate authorities.

There are three elements to our policy:-
Prevention through awareness of each individual child’s needs.
Definitions of Child Abuse and Neglect
Procedures for identifying and reporting cases or suspected cases, of abuse.
The aim of the policy is to promote good practice, providing children and young people with appropriate
safety/protection whilst in the care of Brilliant Theatre Arts and to allow staff and volunteers to make
informed and confident responses to specific child protection issues.

Prevention
We recognise that the “entertainment industry” can be a very “adult” environment and we expect that all
staff, chaperones, parents/legal guardians, volunteers and anyone else who comes into contact with
children behave in an appropriate manner at all times, and remember that “The Welfare of the Child is
Paramount”.
Brilliant Theatre Arts) will therefore:-
Act within the Children’s Act 1989 & 2004
Act within The Children (Performances and Activities) (England) Regulations 2014
Establish and maintain an ethos where children feel welcome and familiar with their environment and are
informed of personal (toilets, dressing rooms etc) and emergency arrangements (fire exits, meeting points
etc) and any Health and Safety Procedures (Dangerous equipment, First aid etc)
Inform each child who the appropriate person or people are to speak to if they have any questions,
problems or concerns.
Ensure that all children are treated with respect and dignity and are treated as individuals and offered
equality of opportunities.
Always work in an open environment (e.g. avoiding private or unobserved situations and unnecessary
physical contact with children) and involve/allow parents/chaperones wherever possible, to take
responsibility for the child/children they are responsible for. (parents must only have responsibility for their
own child)
Recognising the individual needs of the child. eg recognising when a child may be tired and may need a
break.
Ensure that children are supervised appropriately.
Ensure that all Chaperones are registered with the local authority in which they reside and have an
enhanced DBS check.
Ensure all crew and staff coming into close contact with a child are DBS checked.
Ensure that all staff and crew who don’t necessarily have close contact with children but who are
assisting in the production are aware of their conduct around children.
Definitions of Child Abuse and Neglect
A child is abused or neglected when somebody inflicts harm, or fails to act to prevent harm. A child or
young person up to the age of 18 years can suffer abuse or neglect and require protection.
Physical Abuse – May involve hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning or scalding, drowning or
suffocating or otherwise causing physical harm to a child.
Physical harm may also be caused when a parent or carer fabricates or induces illness in a child whom
they are looking after.
Sexual Abuse – Forcing or enticing a child/young person to take part in sexual activities, whether or not
they are aware of what is happening, may involve: physical contact, including penetrative or nonpenetrative
acts; non-contact activities, such as involving children in looking at, or in the production of pornographic material
or watching sexual activities; or
encouraging children to behave in sexually inappropriate ways.
Neglect – Neglect is the persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical and/or psychological needs,
likely to result in the serious impairment of the child’s health or development. It may involve a parent or
carer failing to provide adequate food, shelter and clothing, failing to protect a child from physical harm or
danger, or the failure to ensure access to appropriate care or treatment. It may also include neglect of, or unresponsiveness to, a child’s basic emotional needs.
Emotional Abuse – The persistent emotional ill-treatment of a child such as to cause severe and persistent adverse effects on the child’s emotional and behavioural development. It may involve conveying to the child that they are worthless or unloved, inadequate, or valued only in so far as they meet the needs of another person. It may feature age and developmentally inappropriate expectations being imposed on children. It may involve causing children to feel frightened or in danger, for example witnessing domestic abuse within the home or being bullied, or the exploitation or corruption of children.
Some level of emotional abuse is involved in all types of ill treatment of a child, though it may occur alone
Legislation, Policy and Guidance
(Name of company/theatre) will adhere to the relevant legislation when working with
children and young people under the age of 18 years as outlined in the following:
Children Act 1989
Children Act 2004
Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015
Suspicion of Abuse
If you see or suspect abuse of a child, immediately make this known to the designated individual/manager responsible for child protection.
Disclosure of Abuse
If a child tells you that they or another child or young person is being abused:-
• Always stop and listen straight away, show that you take their allegations seriously.
• Encourage the child to talk, but do not ask leading questions, interrupt or ask the child to repeat itself.
• Never promise that you will keep what is said confidential or secret – explain that if you are told something of concern that you will need to let someone know but that you will only tell the people who need to know and can help.
• Record what you have been told accurately and as soon as possible. Use the child‘s own words. Make a note of the time, location, whether any one else present and of the Child’s demeanour.
• Ensure that your concerns are reported immediately to the designated individual/manager
• Do not confront the alleged abuser.
Handling Allegations
• If a child makes an allegation against a member of staff it must be reported as a matter of urgency to the designated manager/individual for child protection who will refer to Social Services department for Children’s Services. If the allegation is against the designated person then the information should be reported to another senior manager or directly to Social Services department for Children’s Services. (This would generally be referred to the authority in which the alleged incident took place).
• The alleged perpetrator should not be made aware of the allegation at this point.
Recording
In all situations the details of allegation or reported incident must be recorded. Make accurate notes of time, dates, incident or disclosure, people involved, what was said and done and by whom, action taken to investigate, further action taken e.g. suspension of individual and if relevant: reasons why the matter was not referred to a statutory agency, name of person reporting and to whom it was reported
The record must be stored securely and shared only with those who need to know.
• DO NOT worry that you might be mistaken; you have a responsibility to pass on your concerns following a disclosure. Never think abuse is impossible, or that an accusation about a person you know well and trust is bound to be wrong.
IT IS YOUR DUTY TO REFER CONCERNS ON, NOT TO INVESTIGATE
The Designated Individuals/Managers for child protection and safeguarding
Name David Jenkins
Position in company Company Director
Contact details Suite 3, Apsley Mills Cottage, London Road, Apsley HP3 9RL

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