Ludlow Orchestra (LO) recognises that it has the responsibility to safeguard the welfare of children and young people up to the age of 18 years old in their charge. LO accepts the duty of care under the following legislation: Children and Young Persons Act 1963, the Child Performance Regulations (1968), the Protection of Children Act (1999), the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act (2000), the Children Acts 1989 and 2004.
LO believes that the welfare of the child is paramount. All 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 will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately. All members of LO must be clear on how to respond appropriately.
LO will ensure that:
All children will be treated equally and with respect and dignity
The welfare of each child will always be put first
Enthusiastic and constructive feedback will be given rather than negative criticism
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 and safety legislation
It will keep informed of changes in legislation and policies for the protection of children
It will undertake relevant development and training
It will hold a register of every child involved with the society and will retain a contact name and number close at hand in case of emergencies
LO will treat all children and young people with respect and celebrate their achievements in accordance with Home Office guidelines “Safe from Harm” and Shropshire Council guidance on Good Practice for organisations. Supervision during rehearsals and other LO activities - a child will not be left in the charge of a single adult other than that of the child’s own parent/carer. This includes auditions and transportation in relation to rehearsals or performances (unless arranged by the parent).
The orchestra has named adults responsible for safeguarding the welfare of children within the Group who oversee the implementation of these guidelines. The adults will comply with DBS procedures and will undertake training as appropriate. A Safeguarding Co-ordinator is appointed to oversee the policy, and ensure appropriate action is taken on any concerns raised.
Orchestra members should make known to Section Leaders, any person under 18 in their section, and the Section Leaders must be aware of the guidelines adopted by the group. This policy and future updates will be published on the LO web site. Arrangements for workshops involving any school age children under 18 (including those attending colleges), must ensure that adequate supervision and appropriate arrangements are made following the above guidelines. These include a signed permission form completed by the parent/carer for each event.
Any photographs taken of children under 16 should will not be published without permission given by the parent/carer and the young person is consulted.
Role of the Safeguarding Co-ordinator
To receive, monitor and record concerns regarding the safety and well-being of the children and young people who take part in LO activities.
Where appropriate, to make prompt referrals on concerns raised to Shropshire Council and liaise with other agencies.
To ensure that confidentiality is kept.
To ensure the Management Committee is aware of any issues around the maintenance of the policy, and to report to them on a regular basis.
Ensure that leaders within the group are aware of the Safeguarding Policy
To ensure that a sufficient number of members of the group have successfully completed DBS checks
To lead an annual review of the policy
The LO Safeguarding Co-ordinator is Sarah Edwards. You can contact Sarah by email.
Additional safeguarding officers are:
Policy agreed November 2019 Signed November 2019
Useful contacts Public Protection Unit (West Mercia Police): 0300 333 3000 NSPCC: 0800 800 5000 Childline: 0800 1111