SAFEGUARDING POLICY

Details of the Charity
East Coast Churches and Community Music Festival
The Key Centre, 2 Quay Road, Bridlington, East Yorkshire, YO15 2AP
Tel: 01262 404100
Email: paul-lowe@ccmf.co.uk Website: ccmf.co.uk
Charity Number: 1170945

We are a charity set up under the Education/Training and Arts/Culture/Heritage/Science categories. We work with community and church organizations, schools, Local Authority music services, private music teachers, singing and choral groups to provide opportunities for public performances and to enhance lifestyle opportunities for all ages through the Arts and especially music making.

The following is a brief description of the type of activities we undertake with children and young people and adults who may have care and support needs.

We hold a number of events. These include:
• A Young Musician Competition covering ages 10 and under up to an open class where entrants may be over 18. The venue is a church Centre in Bridling ton and takes place across 2 day long sessions.
• A schools’ music event open to those of Junior and Secondary age. It is usually held in performance spaces in the Bridlington Spa complex.
• A Festival Chorus made up primarily of adults drawn from local churches of various denominations and accompanied by a band. There may be young people taking part depending on the particular piece chosen for the performances. The concert/show is performed on several occasions in different locations in Bridlington and sounding towns and villages. These may be churches or other community venues. This chorus will have a series of rehearsals over a number of weeks.
• A choirs’ event where adult choirs from across the region are invited to come and share their love of group singing and performance. This is a single session event held in the same church venue as the Young Musician Competition.
• And any other events which the trustees find in keeping with their objectives.

The purpose of this policy is to provide protection for the children/young people and any adults at risk who participate in the Festival and to provide staff and volunteers with guidance on the procedures they should adopt in the event that they suspect a child /young person or adult at risk may be experiencing, or be at risk of, harm.

This policy applies to all Trustees, staff and volunteers involved in the events of the East Coast Churches and Community Music Festival

Our Commitment

The Trustees (hereafter the Leadership) of East Coast Churches and Community Music Festival (ECCCMF) recognise our responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and adults at risk regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity and that all have the right to equal protection from all types of harm and abuse

The Trustees therefore adopt the procedures set out in this Safeguarding Policy and commit to working constructively and in partnership with children/young people, adults at risk, parents, careers and with statutory and voluntary agencies involved with safeguarding.

The Trustees acknowledges that the definition of abuse includes the failure to prevent harm as well as the actual infliction of it.

We will seek to safeguard children/young people and adults at risk by:

• Valuing them, listening to and respecting them,
• Promoting a culture of openness where everyone, including children/young people or adults at risk and staff/volunteers feel free and safe to share their views and concerns,
• Adopting safeguarding guidelines through procedures for reporting concerns and safe working practices for staff and volunteers,
• Appointing designated Safeguarding Officers for the ECCCMF and sharing this information at all events,
• Using appropriate recruitment and induction procedures for all Festival staff and volunteers, including advice from agencies such as East Riding Safeguarding Children’s Board (ERSCB) or East Riding Safeguarding Adults Board (ERSAB),
• Ensuring all existing and new staff and volunteers have copies of the procedures for reporting concern and safe working practice guidance,
• Checking that all existing and new staff and volunteers working at or for Festival events have appropriate levels of safeguarding clearance and training. This may involve assistance from East Riding Voluntary Action Services (ERVAS), ERSCB or ERSAB,
• Ensuring safe and accessible environments where participants can thrive and reach their potential,
• Being alert to the Health and Safety regulations and incident reporting procedures at any of the Festival venues,
• To acknowledge they have seen the Safeguarding Policy statement and agree to have responsibility for the care and supervision of those individuals at the Festival events concerned,
• Ensuring staff and volunteers wear Festival ID badges at events so they can be easily identified in the event that anyone needs to express a concern,
• Displaying notices about photography and videoing at Festival events, and
• Following up any external investigation with an internal enquiry to ensure lessons are learnt and revising policies and protocols as required.
This Policy was adopted by the Trustees:

Paul Lowe
Signed: Date: 30/10/2017
Chairman of the Board of Trustees

Review set for October 2018 (or earlier if required)