The safety of children and vulnerable adults is paramount and they all have the right to protection from abuse. All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and acted upon swiftly and appropriately. The Festival’s volunteers have a responsibility to report any such concerns. 

Those Covered By This Policy This policy relates to children (under the age of 18) and members of vulnerable groups of any age who are identified to the Festival Administrator before their arrival at the Festival. Contact should be made by parents and/or teachers via the e-mail address or telephone number of the General Secretary. The Festival will actively seek to meet the needs of children from ethnic groups and children who are disabled. Any subsequent reference to ‘children’ includes members of other vulnerable groups. 

Festival Environment The Festival takes place in Linthwaite Methodist Church Centre. Other users of the Centre may be on site during the Festival. The Festival aims to establish as safe an environment as is reasonably practicable. It will seek to engage parents, guardians, carers and teachers in a partnership which involves them in taking all reasonable precautions to protect the well-­-being of those covered by this policy. (Please note that any subsequent reference to ‘parents’ includes ‘guardians’ and ‘carers’). 

Festival Personnel All Festival personnel are volunteers and wear a lapel badge. Roles are defined in a short job description. If their prospective role requires prior enhanced disclosure from the Criminal Records Bureau /Disclosure and Barring Service they will be supplied with relevant documentation to complete for this purpose. The personal records of Festival helpers containing their names and contact details along with those of their two referees are held on file by the Helpers’ Co-ordinator All Festival personnel (plus adjudicators and accompanists) are given a copy of the Festival’s Child Protection Policy and are required to adhere to it. They are expected to be vigilant in monitoring the Festival environment and should challenge unacceptable or suspicious behaviour. They are to report all such concerns to the Helpers