PONTELAND REPERTORY SOCIETY AND PREPPIES YOUTH THEATRE

(For review in January 2022 as agreed by the Ponteland Repertory Society Committee)

CHILD PROTECTION AND SAFEGUARDING POLICY  

Ponteland Repertory Society and Preppies Youth Theatre recognise their duty of care under the Children and Young Persons Act 1963, the Child ( Performances) Regulations 1968, the Protection of Children Act 1999 and the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000, the Children’s Act 2004, and all legislation and the provisions of the Department for Education’s updated version of the Statutory Guidance of March 2015 for anyone working with children in England.

We believe that:

The  welfare of the child is paramount;

All children, whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious beliefs and/or sexual identity have the right to protection from abuse;

All suspicions and allegations of abuse should be taken seriously and rsponded to swiftly and appropriately;

All members and employees of the Society should be clear on hw to respond appropriately.

The Society will ensure that:

All children will be treated equally and with respect and dignity.

A balanced relationship based on mutual trust will be built which empowers the children to share in the decision-making process;

Enthusiastic and constructive feedback will be given rather than negative criticism;

Bullying will not be accepted or condoned;

All adult members of the Society will strive to provide a positive role model for dealing with other people;

Action will be taken to stop any inappropriate verbal and physical behaviour;

It will keep up-to-date with Health and Safety legislation;

It will keep informed of changes in legislation and policies for the protection of children;

It will undertake relevant development and training;

It will hold a register of every child involved with the Society and the Youth Thetare and will retain a contact name and number close at hand for emergencies.

Ponteland Repertory Society and Preppies Youth Theatre has a dedicated Child Protection Officer who is in charge of ensuring the the Child Protection Policy and Procedures are adhered to.  The name of the current CPO is Liz Sparshott and she can be contacted at 01661 871772

This policy will be regularly monitored and reviewed by the Committee of the Society and will be subject to annual review.

Next review due in June  2021.