Child Protection Policy
Lasham Classical Music Festival
The Esseham Music Charity reg. 1167367
CHILD AND VULNERABLE PERSONS PROTECTION POLICY
Administrator Mrs A. Hall Stable End Church Farm Place Lasham Alton GU34 5SG
Venues St Mary’s Church, Lasham, 1st July - 3rd July 2022
The safety of children and members of other vulnerable groups is paramount and all, without exception, have the right to protection from abuse. All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously, responded to swiftly and appropriately and all the Festival’s trustees / organisers / volunteers have a responsibility to report concerns.
1. PURPOSE AND FUNCTION OF THE ORGANISATION: The object of the Festival is to provide a platform for performance and advance the education of the public in the arts of Music.
2. THE FESTIVAL ENVIRONMENT: Our policy is to provide, in so far as it is reasonable, a safe environment for young people and vulnerable adults to perform. The Festival is run entirely by volunteers and is independent of the venues in which the performances and outreach take place. It is the policy of our Festival to inform and involve parents/guardians/carers/teachers in partnership with us in order to ensure, as far as it is reasonably practicable, a safe environment at our Festival. We do this by ensuring that you receive a copy of this policy on request.
3. TO WHOM DOES THIS POLICY APPLY: This policy relates to children under the age of 18 and those vulnerable adults of any age who have been identified to the organisers prior to their arrival at the Festival. This should be done by contacting the Administrator. Our Festival actively seeks, wherever possible, to meet those needs, but must know beforehand in order to prepare support – or to let you know we are unable to help.
4. PREPARATION FOR ATTENDANCE AT THE FESTIVAL AND OUTREACH: Each parent, guardian, carer or teacher will receive a copy of the Policy, so that they become partners in implementing this policy. Should parents, guardians carers or teachers not be attending the Festival and Outreach personally with children who are under 18, it is their responsibility to ensure that their children will be accompanied to and from the Festival and adequately supervised on Festival premises by a responsible adult acting on their behalf.
5. PERFORMANCE AREAS: Performance area is a within the main body of the church and within large halls in local schools . All venues have disabled access and facilities. Door Stewards regulate the entry to the performance areas and the Festival reserves the right to refuse admission without explanation.
6. PHOTOGRAPHS, VIDEOTAPES AND PRESS PHOTOGRAPHY: Photography and video recording by any means are strictly prohibited during performances at the Festival.
7. THE LEGISLATION AND GUIDANCE THAT SUPPORTS THIS POLICY: The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974; The Children Act 1989; The Police Act 1997; The Data Protection Act 1998; The Human Rights Act 1998; The Protection of Children Act 1999; The Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000; The Children Act 2004; The Vulnerable Groups Act 2006.