Safeguarding Policy June 2020

This policy applies to all staff, including senior managers, paid staff, volunteers and sessional workers, agency staff, students, or anyone working on behalf of The Academy Performing Arts  Ltd known herein as The Academy.

The purpose of this policy:

  • to protect children and young people who receive The Academy’s services. This includes the children of adults who use our services. •
  • to provide staff and volunteers with the overarching principles that guide our approach to safeguarding and child protection. The Academy believes that a child or young person should never experience abuse of any kind. We have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and young people and to keep them safe. We are committed to practising in a way that protects them.

Legal framework

This policy has been drawn up on the basis of law and guidance that seeks to protect children, namely: 

  • Children Act 1989 
  • United Convention of the Rights of the Child 1991 
  • Data Protection Act 1998 
  • Human Rights Act 1998 
  • Sexual Offences Act 2003 
  • Children Act 2004 
  • Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 
  • Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 
  • Children and Families Act 2014 
  • Special educational needs and disability (SENDS code of practice. 0 to 25 years) 
  • Statutory guidance for organisations which work with and support children and young people who have special educational needs or disabilities; HM Government 2014 
  • Information sharing: Advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services to children, young people, parents, and carers; HM Government 2015 
  • Working together to safeguarding children: a guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children; HM Government 2015 

This policy should be read alongside our policies and procedures on: 

  • recruitment, and training 
  • role of the designated safeguarding officer 
  • dealing with disclosures and concerns about a child or young person 
  • managing allegations against staff and volunteers 
  • recording and information sharing 
  • code of conduct for staff and volunteers 
  • anti-bullying 
  • complaints 
  • whistleblowing 
  • health and safety 
  • lone working policy and procedure

 

We recognise that: 

  • the welfare of the child is paramount, as enshrined in the Children Act 1989 
  • children regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation 
  • some children are additionally vulnerable because of the impact of previous experiences, their level of dependency, communication needs or other issues 
  • working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, carers and other agencies are essential in promoting young people’s welfare.

We will seek to keep children and young people safe by : 

  • valuing them, listening to and respecting them 
  • appointing a Designated Safeguarding Officer (DSO) for children and young people, a deputy and a lead board member for safeguarding 
  • adopting child protection and safeguarding practices through procedures and a code of conduct for staff and volunteers  developing and implementing an effective e-safety policy and related procedures 
  • providing effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision, support, training, and quality assurance measures • recruiting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made 
  • recording and storing information professionally and securely, and sharing information about safeguarding and good practice with children, their families, staff, and volunteers via leaflets, posters, one-to-one discussions 
  • using our safeguarding procedures to share concerns and relevant information with agencies who need to know, and involving children, young people, parents, families, and carers appropriately. 
  • using our procedures to manage any allegations against staff and volunteers 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 may arise 
  • ensuring that we have effective complaints and whistleblowing measures in place 
  • that we provide a safe physical environment for our children, young people, staff, and volunteers, by applying health and safety measures in accordance with the law and regulatory guidance. 

 

Contact details

Designated Safeguarding Officer (DSO)

Mr Neil Cackett

Telephone : 07493 026 450

Email : office@theacademyperformingarts.co.uk

CEOP www.ceop.police.uk

NSPCC Helpline 0808 800 5000

 

We are committed to reviewing our policy and good practice annually.

This policy was last reviewed on 25th June 2020

 

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Signed: Neil Cackett, principal