THE ORCHARD PLAYERS CHILD PROTECTION POLICY
The Orchard Players Amateur Dramatic 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 and the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000 (in Scotland change to Protection of Children (Scotland) Act 2003).
The definition of child within this policy is that confirmed with Suffolk County Council ie all young people of statutory school age ie up to and including Year 11 ie must reach 16th birthday by 31st August of that year.
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 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 should be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately;
- all members and employees of the society should be clear on how to respond appropriately.
The society will ensure that:
- all children will be treated equally and with respect and dignity;
- the welfare of each child will always be put first;
- a balanced relationship based on mutual trust will be built which empowers the children to share in the decision-making process;
- 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 & 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.
The society has child protection procedures which accompany this policy. This policy should also be read in conjunction with the society’s Health & Safety Policy.
The society has 1 dedicated Child Protection Officer, who is in charge of ensuring that the child protection policy and procedures are adhered to. This is Judi Burwood (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Emma Cole (email@example.com)
This policy will be regularly monitored by the Committee of the society and will be subject to annual review.
Date: Revised FEBRUARY 2019