Chesterfield Competitive Festival of Music & Drama (Re-launched 2010)
CHILD PROTECTION POLICY
The safety of children and vulnerable adults is paramount and all, without exception, have the right to protection from abuse. All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to quickly and appropriately and all Committee members, Consultants, Teachers and volunteers have a responsibility to report concerns.
Purpose and Function of Festival
The aim of the Chesterfield Music Festival is to provide a competitive platform for amateur musicians and singers to perform and to receive a professional adjudication on their performance. The Festival aims to give the general public an opportunity to enjoy the talents of competitors and to appreciate performances of music and song in a festival environment.
The Festival is organized by the Music Festival Committee with assistance from professional teachers, music consultants for the programme, volunteers, accompanists and adjudicators, to provide a safe environment for all competing children as far as is reasonably practical.
Application of policy
This policy relates to children under the age of 18 years and vulnerable adults of any age, who are identified to the organisers prior to their arrival at the Festival. This should be done by contacting the address at the foot of this policy. In recognising the needs of children from ethnic groups and children with disabilities, the Festival actively seeks to meet those needs notified by parents, guardians, carers and teachers. All Festival personnel are informed as to whom they should direct children and vulnerable adults with any concerns.
All Festival personnel are Committee members, Accompanists, Music Consultants or volunteers and can be identified by the badges provided by the Festival. Badges will be worn throughout the Festival and anyone wearing a badge can be approached in case of a problem and will report the matter to someone who will be able to help. During the Festival, the Chairman, who is in overall charge, or the Vice Chair, can be contacted via door entry table staff. The roles of all Festival personnel are considered during recruitment and the Committee holds contact details for all personnel. Where they are working with children and vulnerable adults on a one to one basis, a reference or criminal records declaration will be provided. All Festival helpers are aware of and support this Child Protection Policy.
Preparation for Attendance at Festival
lf parents, guardians or carers do not personally attend with their children, we draw attention to all aspects of this Child Protection Policy and require them to be satisfied that their children will be accompanied to the Festival and adequately supervised by a responsible adult acting on their behalf.
Performance and Changing Areas
This Festival does not offer changing facilities or designated practice areas. Toilet areas are considered to be public areas and are not subject to supervision.
Photographs, Video Recording and Press Photography
Video recording, sound recording and photography of any kind are prohibited at all times during the Festival. The Festival Chair will invite photographers from the local press in order to publicise and promote the Festival. It is hoped that anyone invited to appear in these photographs will be happy to comply. Parents who do not wish their children to be photographed should inform a member of the Committee. All invited photographers will be working to a code of conduct as set out by their employer and notified to the Festival Chair. Independent photographers invited to this Festival will provide evidence of a Criminal Records Bureau disclosure.
Legislation Supporting 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 Protection of Vulnerable Groups Act 2006.
The Festival Committee will constantly review their policy, improving it as necessary. In doing this, they will look to the British and International Federation of Festivals for support who in turn will look to other agencies for evidence of good practice, most notably the Arts Council of England, NODA and NSPCC Policy guidelines.
Melanie Gilbert, Vice Chair,
31 Gilbert Avenue,
Derbyshire, S40 3EU