Safeguarding Children Policy

February 2017 - February 2018

The key principal of the Safeguarding Children Policy are that: The child’s welfare is, and must always be, the paramount consideration, all children and young people have a right to be protected from abuse regardless of their age, gender, disability, race, sexual orientation, faith or belief.

Artisan Theatre School acknowledges its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of every child and young person who has been entrusted to its care and is committed to working to provide a safe environment for all members. A child or young person is anyone under the age of 18 engaged in any activity.

It is noted and accepted that the Safeguarding Children Policy and Procedures applies to everyone involved with Artisan Theatre School, whether in a paid or voluntary capacity. All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately, working in partnership with other organisations, children and young people and their parents/carers is essential.

We acknowledge that every child or person who participates in singing/dance/drama should be able to take part in an enjoyable and safe environment and be protected from poor practice and abuse. Artisan Theatre School recognises that this is the responsibility of every adult involved in our school.

Artisan Theatre School has a role to play in safeguarding the welfare of all children and young people by protecting them from physical, sexual or emotional harm and from neglect or bullying.

We endorse and adopt Responsible Recruitment guidelines for recruiting new teachers and volunteers and we will:

Specify what the role is and what tasks it involves

Request identification documents, an Enhanced DBS Disclosure and Public Liability Insurance proof.

As a minimum, we will meet and chat with the applicant(s) as a means of interview before appointing them.

All current Artisan Theatre School members who are regularly caring for, supervising, training or being in sole charge of children and young people will be required to provide evidence of an Enhanced DBS Disclosure.

If there are concerns regarding the appropriateness of an individual who is already involved or who has approached us to become part of Artisan Theatre School guidance will be sought from appropriate governing bodies including: Local Authorities,. It is noted and accepted that Artisan Theatre School will consider the relevance and significance of the information obtained via the Enhanced DBS Disclosure and that all decisions will be made in the best interests of children and young people.

It is accepted that Artisan Theatre School aims to prevent people with a history of relevant and significant offending from having contact with children or young people and the opportunity to influence policies or practice with children or young people.

Artisan Theatre School has appointed a Welfare Officer in line with Safeguarding requirements and required completion of UK’s Safeguarding and Protecting Children course. The Welfare Officer is the first point of contact for all members regarding concerns about the welfare of any child or young person. The Welfare Officer will be familiar with the procedures for referring any concerns, and Please refer to the school’s Principal.

We acknowledge and endorse the identification of bullying as a category of abuse. Bullying of any kind is not acceptable at our school. If bullying does occur, all participants or parents/carers should know that incidents will be dealt with promptly. Incidents need to be reported to the club Welfare Officer in cases of serious bullying the appropriate disciplinary procedures will be put into place.

Reporting your concerns about the welfare of a child or young person

If you are worried about a child it is important that you report your concerns-no action is not an option.

If you are worried about a child then you need to report your concerns to Artisan Theatre School Welfare Officer (Miss Sam)

If the issue is one of poor practice the Artisan Theatre School Welfare Officer will either:

If the concern is more serious-possible child abuse, where possible, contact the Local Authority first, then immediately contact the Police or Children’s Services. If the child needs immediate medical treatment take them to a hospital or call an ambulance and tell them there is a child protection concern. Let the School Welfare Officer know what action you have taken, they in turn will inform the appropriate governing bodies.

If at any time you are not able to contact the Welfare Officer or the matter is clearly serious then you can either:

If anyone requires to check Artisan Theatre School, DBS, First aid certificates and insurance policies, of any of our Faculty members, please email us here