The statutory guidance ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children 2013’ states that voluntary organisations play an important role in providing activities and services for children and in safeguarding them. Additionally, they should have arrangements in place in the same way as organisations in the public sector. Paid and volunteer staff need to be aware of their responsibilities for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.
Magna believes that it is always unacceptable for a child or young person to experience abuse of any kind and recognises its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children and young people, by a commitment to practice which protects them.
Magna recognises that:
The welfare of the child/young person is paramount
All people, 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 are members of Young Magna and Magna, including the children of adult members.
To provide adults 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.
This policy applies to all adult members, front of house volunteers, backstage volunteers and dressing room chaperones.
This policy has been drawn up on the basis of law and guidance that seeks to protect children, namely:
United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Children (1991)
Data Protection Act 1998
Sexual Offences Act 1003
Children Act 2004
Working Together to Safeguard Children 2013
We will seek to safeguard children and young people by:
Valuing them, listening to and respecting them.
Adopting child protection guidelines through procedures and a code of conduct for all members.
Ensuring all necessary checks are made for those adults with a responsibility for directly supervising Young Magna rehearsals and performances.
Sharing information about child protection and good practice with children, parents, members and volunteers.
Sharing information about concerns with agencies who need to know, and involving parents and children appropriately.
We are committed to reviewing our policy and procedures annually.