Child Protection Policy 

A.R.T.S. (Anglia Region Theatre School) CHILD PROTECTION POLICY

The following is a summary of our full child protection policy which is available on request.

The purpose of the child protection policy is to ensure every child that attends our school is safe and protected from harm. All staff have a responsibility to ensure that children have a safe environment to learn in and to ensure any allegations of abuse are reported to the appropriate authorities. Where children are at a significant risk, staff have a duty of care to take immediate action.

Safeguarding Policy
A.R.T.S. Theatre School, it’s staff and its volunteers, are committed to ensuring safe environments for children and young people and believe that it is always unacceptable for a child or young person to experience abuse of any kind. We recognise our responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children and young people, by a commitment to recommend best practice which protects them. This policy applies to our paid staff, volunteers, students or anyone working on behalf of the school.

We recognise that:

The welfare of the child/young person is paramount
All children, 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;
Is to provide protection for the children and young people who participate in our lessons, show productions, exams or any other activities
To provide staff and volunteers 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

We will seek to safeguard children and young people by;
Valuing them, listening to and respecting them
Adopting child protection guidelines through procedures and safe working practice for staff and volunteers
Recruiting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made
Sharing information about child protection and safe working practice with children, parents, staff and volunteers
Providing effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision, support and training

A.R.T.S director will review this policy annually, or sooner if there are any changes in legislation or guidance. All changes will be communicated to our members with immediate effect.

Roles and Responsibilities
Designated Safeguarding Officer – A.R.T.S. Principal (Victoria Winship)
Deputy officer – Tricia Arnup

The designated safeguarding officer will ensure the safeguarding policy is reviewed annually, that all staff have completed the appropriate level of safeguarding training for their role, and will be the key point of contact for all staff concerning any safeguarding issues they may have.

Responsibilities of all members of staff;
All members of staff will complete training as requested by the designated safeguarding officer, and/or provide evidence of training undertaken for any other organisation.
Any safeguarding concerns should be reported immediately to the designated safeguarding officer, in writing wherever possible. If written documentation is not immediately appropriate, this should be completed within 24 hours.
Should the designated officer not be available, please contact the deputy officer.

Last reviewed:  September 2019