Created: July 2020 by Jenny Owen
Reviewed and agreed by Nancy Monaghan 6/8/20
Last Reviewed/Updated: July 2023
Next Review: Due July 2024
The purpose of this policy statement is:
- to protect children and vulnerable adults who receive Wild Things Performing Arts’ services from harm.
- to provide staff, as well as children and vulnerable adults and their families, with the overarching principles that guide our approach to child protection.
This policy applies to anyone working for and/or on behalf of Wild Things Performing Arts.
This policy has been drawn up based on legislation, policy and guidance that seeks to protect children in England, Scotland & Wales.
This policy statement should be read alongside our organisational policies, procedures, guidance and other related documents, including:
- Safeguarding Policy
- Health and Safety Policy
- Anti-bullying Policy
- Equality and Inclusion Policy
- Online Code of Conduct
We believe that:
- children and vulnerable adults should never experience abuse of any kind
- we have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and vulnerable adults, to keep them safe and to practice in a way that protects them.
We recognise that:
- the welfare of children and vulnerable adults is paramount in all the work we do and in all the decisions we take
- all children and vulnerable adults, regardless of age, disability, gender, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation have an equal right to protection from all types of harm or abuse
- some children and vulnerable adults are additionally vulnerable because of the impact of previous experiences, their level of dependency, communication needs or other issues
- working in partnership with children, and vulnerable adults, their parents, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting their welfare
We will seek to keep children and vulnerable adults safe by:
- valuing, listening to and respecting them
- appointing a Designated Safeguarding Lead and Deputy for children and vulnerable adults
- adopting safeguarding best practice through our policies, procedures and code of conduct for staff
- recruiting and selecting staff safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made
- recording, storing and using information professionally and securely, in line with data protection legislation and guidance
- using our safeguarding procedures to share concerns and relevant information with agencies who need to know
- using our procedures to manage any allegations against our participants, staff and representatives appropriately
- creating and maintaining an anti-bullying environment and ensuring that we have a policy and procedure to help us deal effectively with any bullying that does arise
- ensuring that we have effective complaints and whistleblowing measures in place
- ensuring that we provide a safe physical environment for our participants and staff by applying health and safety measures in accordance with the law and regulatory guidance
- building a safeguarding culture where staff and participants treat each other with respect and are comfortable about sharing concerns.
Designated Safeguarding Lead: Nancy Monaghan
Tel: 07891908912 Email: email@example.com
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead: Jenny Owen