June 2016

Bearsden and Milngavie Youth Orchestra (BMYO) Child Protection Policy

This policy applies to all conductors, assistants, committee members and parents or anyone volunteering on behalf of BMYO.

BMYO is a youth orchestra for children aged 8 to 18 years.

The purpose of this policy :

·         To protect children and young people who are members of BMYO.

·         To provide volunteers and Honoria recipients with the overarching principles that guide our approach to safe guarding.

BMYO believes that a child or young person should never experience abuse of any kind. We have a responsibility to promote welfare of all children and young people and to keep them safe.  We are committed to practice in a way that protects them.

 

Legal Framework

This policy has been drawn up on the basis of law and guidance that seeks to protect children.

Namely

·         Children’s Act 1989

·         United Convention of the rights of the child 1991

·         Sexual Offences Act 2003

·         Data Protection Act 1998

·         Protection of Freedoms Act 2012

·         Relevant government guidance on safeguarding children.

 

We recognise all children regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity have a right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse.

 

We will seek to keep Children and young people safe by

·         Valuing them and respecting them.

·         Requesting permission for photographs and videos from parents/guardians.

·         Never allowing a one on one situation with an adult, parent rotas ensure a conductor is not alone with an orchestras and volunteers are not allowed to be one on one. 

·         If access is needed to toilets 2 members of the committee are required

·         We obtain ‘disclosures’ for the conductors through Making Music. We will also seek references for new conductors.

·         If for any reason rehearsals are cancelled with less than 24hours notice a member of the committee will go to the venue and ensure children are not abandoned.

 

Child Protection Procedures

 

If anyone has any concerns they should raise these immediately with the Chair of BMYO.

Any issues will be dealt with quickly and if necessarily referred to East Dunbarton Child Protection and any relevant authority such as the Police and Child Exploitation Online Protection centre (CEOP).

Parents and Children will be involved when appropriate.

 

We are committed to reviewing our policy  and good practice regularly

Signed Tamara Kennedy Chair of BMYO