Child Protection Policy
Lasham Classical Music Festival
The Esseham Music Charity reg. 1167367
CHILD PROTECTION POLICY
Administrator Mrs A. Hall Stable End Church Farm Place Lasham Alton GU34 5SG
Venues: St Mary’s Church, Lasham, 5th - 9th June 2019
Local Schools: 1s January 2019 to 31 December 2019
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 Charity and 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 by trustees, professional musicians and volunteers and is independent of the venue in which the various performances and outreach takes place. It is the policy of our Festival to inform and involve parents/guardians/carers and 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 at the time you are making arrangements to attend our Festival performances, outreach and masterclasses.
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 if we are unable to help.
4. PREPARATION FOR ATTENDANCE AT THE PERFORMANCES, OUTREACH AND MASTERCLASSES: Each parent, guardian, carer or teacher will receive a copy of the Policy, if appropriate via the teacher or school, so that they become partners in implementing this policy. Should parents, guardians or carers not be attending the Festival 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 areas is within the main body of the church and village hall. This venues has disabled access and but no toilet 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 members of the public by any means are strictly prohibited during performances at the Festival. Photographs taken of children under the age of 18 by the official festival photographer will only be used with written permission from the parent and guardian.
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.