Safeguarding Policy

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SAFEGUARDING POLICY

St Philips Dramatic Society (the ‘Society’) recognises its duty of care under the Children and Young Persons Act 1963, the Child (Performances) Regulations 1968, the Protection of Children Act 1999 , the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000 and Protecting All God’s Children (safeguarding policy for children and young people, 4th edition, 2010). We also recognize our duty of care to all adults, including those who may be deemed vulnerable, whether temporary or long-term.

The Society recognises that abuse can take many forms, whether it be physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse or neglect. The Society is committed to practice which protects children from harm. All members of the society accept and recognise their responsibilities to develop awareness of the issues which cause children harm.

The Society believes that:

  • the welfare of all our members, adult or child is paramount;
  • all adults and children, whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious beliefs and/or sexual identity have the right to protection from abuse;
  • all suspicions and allegations of abuse should be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately;
  • all members of the Society should be clear on how to respond appropriately.

The Society will ensure that:

  • all our members, adult or child will be treated equally and with respect and dignity;
  • the welfare of our members, adult or child will always be put first;
  • a balanced relationship based on mutual trust will be built which empowers our members, adult or child to share in the decision-making process;
  • bullying will not be accepted or condoned;
  • all adult members of the society provide a positive role model for dealing with other people;
  • action will be taken to stop any inappropriate verbal or physical behaviour;
  • it will keep up-to-date with health & safety legislation;
  • it will keep informed of changes in legislation and policies for the protection of children and vulnerable adults;
  • it will undertake relevant development and training;
  • it will hold a register of every child involved with the society and will retain a parent or guardian contact name and number close at hand in case of emergencies.

The Society has safeguarding procedures for rehearsals and productions which accompany this policy.

The Society has a dedicated Safeguarding Co-ordinator, who is in charge of ensuring that the safeguarding policy and procedures are adhered to. That person’s name is Stephanie Potts and she can be contacted on stephanielouisepotts@gmail.com

This policy will be regularly monitored by the Committee of the society and will be subject to annual review.

April 2018

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