This policy applies to all members of the choir, any officers of the choir and anyone working for the choir in any capacity.
The purpose of the policy is:
To protect children, young people and vulnerable adults who are involved with the activities of the Chancel Singers;
To provide members, any officers of the Chancel Singers and anyone working with the choir with the overarching principles to guide our approach to safeguarding.
The Chancel Singers believe that a child, young person or vulnerable adult should never experience abuse of any kind. We have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children, young people and vulnerable adults to keep them safe. We are committed to conduct the activities of the choir in a way that protects them. A child is considered to be below the age of 16 and a young person is between their 16th and 18th birthday.
This policy has been drawn up on the basis of current law and guidance that seeks to protect the vulnerable, namely:
Children Acts 1989 and 2004
United Convention on the Rights of the Child 1991
Data Protection Act 1998
Sexual Offences Act 2003
Protection of Freedoms Act 2012
Relevant government guidance on safeguarding
We recognise that:
The welfare of the child, young person or vulnerable adult is paramount as enshrined in the Children Act 1989 and other legislation
All children, young persons or vulnerable adults 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.
Some children, young persons or vulnerable adults are additionally vulnerable because of
the impact of previous experience, their level of dependency, communication needs or other issues
Working in partnership with children, young persons or vulnerable adults together with their parents, carers or guardians and other agencies as appropriate in promoting the welfare of those children, young persons and adults.
We will seek to keep children, young persons and vulnerable adults safe by:
Valuing them, listening to them and respecting them
Developing and implementing appropriate practices through our policies and guidance for all members, officers and others working with the choir
Sharing information about safeguarding and good practice with choir members, officers and anyone working with the choir
Sharing concerns with relevant agencies and involving children, young persons and vulnerable adults and their parents, guardians and carers appropriately.