Safeguarding & data protection 

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Michael Neri Theatrical and TurnOut Dance Competition are committed to ensuring safe environments for children and young people and believe that it is always unacceptable for a child or young person to experience abuse of any kind. We recognise our responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children and young people, by a commitment to recommend best practice which protects them.

This policy applies to our management, paid staff, Adjudicator members, volunteers, students or anyone working on behalf of Michael Neri Theatrical and TurnOut Dance Competition

We recognise that:

•the welfare of the child/young person is paramount
•all children, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation

or identity, have the right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse
•working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, carers and other agencies is

essential in promoting young people’s welfare.

The purpose of the policy:

•to provide protection for the children and young people who participate in our festivals, including the children of festival members

•to provide staff and volunteers with guidance on procedures they should adopt in the event that they suspect a child or young person may be experiencing, or be at risk of, harm

We will seek to safeguard children and young people by:

•valuing them, listening to and respecting them
•adopting safeguarding guidelines through procedures and safe working practice for staff and

volunteers
•recruiting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made
• sharing information about safeguarding and safe working practice with children, parents, staff and

volunteers
•sharing information about concerns with agencies who need to know, and involving parents and

children appropriately
• providing effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision, support and training.

Management will review this policy each year in November in line with Safe Network guidance or sooner in light of any changes in legislation or guidance. All changes will be communicated to our member Festivals in time for the start of the new Festival year.

  1. Best practice advice in the form of Safe Working Practice and Festival Safeguarding leaflets, with support and training for all Festival staff and volunteers. Including clear reporting procedures for anyone with a concern about a child.

  2. Appropriate recruitment and induction procedures for all new Festival staff and volunteers by Festival.

  3. All Festival personnel wear an official Festival identity badge. All teachers/parents/guardians /carers are asked to report all incidents of any nature to anyone wearing a Festival badge. All reported incidents will be handled in accordance with the Safe Working Practice and Festival Safeguarding best practice advice. In addition, we will ensure the availability of a quiet area / room where concerns can be expressed in private.

  4. For the duration of a Festival all teachers/parents/guardians/carers are responsible for the continuous care and supervision of their own children/pupils. If they are unable to attend personally, they must delegate their responsibilities to an identified adult and ensure that their children/pupils are aware of the identity and name of the person responsible for their care. This includes supervision throughout all Festival venues, practice and changing areas that may be provided. The Festival cannot take responsibility for any property left unattended.

  5. No unauthorised photography, audio or video recording of children and young people is allowed at our Festivals. Where parents/guardians/carers do not wish photos to be taken at all, then the responsible adult attending should ensure that their child is not included in official photos.

  6. Some children and vulnerable adults may have specific needs in order to take part. If this is the case, we ask the responsible teachers/parents/guardians/carers to contact the Festival Organisers prior to arrival. The Festival actively seeks wherever possible to meet these requirements but must know beforehand in order to prepare support – or to advise that help cannot be provided on this occasion.

  7. The Festival’s Safeguarding Policy and approach to Creating Safer Festivals for Everyone is published explicitly in our Syllabus and Programme. By entering you agree to the declaration all parents/guardians/carers and teachers of performers under 18 (or vulnerable adults of any age) confirm that they give (or have obtained) the necessary consents for the performers to take part in the Festival. Without consent the entry to the Festival cannot be accepted.

 

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