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Safeguarding and child protection policy

Around the Globe Music & Arts takes the protection of children and vulnerable adults very seriously. Our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy, contained within the Syllabus has been developed with guidance from reputable agencies including NSPCC and Arts Council of England.

Safeguarding and child protection policy

Implemented June 2018, reviewed September 2023

 

PRELIMINARY STATEMENT

The safety of children and members of other vulnerable groups, of any age, is of prime importance to us and without exception, have the right to protection from any form of abuse and neglect. All allegations or concerns will be taken with extreme seriousness and responded to quickly and appropriately by our personnel. All our staff engaged in music festivals and other performance venues work in educational authorities and therefore are trained in 'Child Protection' and other related subjects as well as being DBS/CRB checked. 

PURPOSE AND FUNCTION OF ORGANISATION

The objectives for which the Company is established is to advance the development of classical and contemporary music as well as other form of arts in the UK and beyond through informal and formal performing and educational activities, including cultural and educational events open to musicians of all ages and levels including children, amateurs and adult professionals. These include organising festivals, concerts, masterclasses, workshops, seminars and lectures. The Company is eager to promote multicultural diversity through music arts to a broader audience, believing that its activities contribute to better cultural understanding, social cohesion and sustainable personal and societal development.

THE ENVIRONMENT

Annual music competitions are held online in the presence of responsible adults for children under 18 or vulnerable adults. The events are recorded with the permission of parents/ careers/guardians and teachers, and recording is available by request.

An annual Winners' Concert and other live events are held in a church building/, including that includes a performance hall, reception area, toilet facilities and lift for people with disabilities. We admit public members with access to entrance areas and performance halls only. Our Organisation's Policy is to inform and involve parents/ careers/guardians and teachers in partnership with the organisers to ensure a safe environment at our events and as far as is reasonably possible. These events are run by professional musicians and volunteers who endeavour to provide all involved, including children and other vulnerable groups, with a welcoming atmosphere and safe environment as reasonably possible.

To ensure clarity, our organisation policy is to provide parents, guardians, caregivers, and teachers with a copy of this Policy before attending any of our events.

TO WHOM THIS POLICY APPLY

This Policy applies to children aged below 18 years old and individuals belonging to vulnerable groups of any age. If a parent, caregiver, guardian, or teacher informs the organisers of the Festival or other performance events about the needs of such individuals before they arrive at the venue, our organisation will make every possible effort to meet those needs. However, we must be informed beforehand to prepare the necessary support or let you know if we cannot help. Please get in touch with the address provided at the end of this document to share the relevant information.

EVENTS PERSONNEL

Around the Globe International Music Festival and AGIMF Winners Concert are run entirely by volunteers. Members of the Committee (referred to hereafter as Festival personnel) and other personnel are recruited by a recommendation from other committee members. All our personnel engaged in music festivals and other performance venues work for educational authorities and, therefore, are trained in 'Child Protection' and are DBS/CRB checked. The Festival personnel must sign in when in attendance and wear an official identity badge at all times during public events. The Company keeps records of their names, addresses and reference material and, where appropriate, will held by the committee. Our Company wishes to reassure you that every problem will be taken seriously, documented, and dated. A private area is available for discussing these concerns if needed.

PREPARATION FOR ATTENDANCE AT THE FESTIVAL & PIANO RECITAL

A copy of the safeguarding policy is sent out with the timings sheets to the person who sent in the entry form. When an entry is made on behalf of an entrant under 18 years old or a vulnerable adult, the Company's rules require the person submitting that entry to sign a declaration that they are the parent/ career/guardian. If the entry is made by a teacher or any other adult person not legally responsible for a child or vulnerable adult, they will have to sign a declaration that the policy will be distributed to the parents/careers/guardians/ students and take responsibility to ensure that all parents and students are familiar with its contents. In addition, the entries cannot be accepted without that signed declaration. During the festival and other events, parents/guardians/careers are responsible for the care and supervision of their children and venerable adults. Where parents are not personally attending with their charges, the Policy requires them to delegate an identified responsible adult to accompany their charges to these performing events and notify the organiser well in advance.

PERFORMANCE AND CHANGING AREAS

The events' personnel must refrain from accepting responsibility for supervising public areas within and outside the building. We urge parents, careers, guardians, students and teachers to assume full responsibility for their charges. The organisers cannot take responsibility for any lost belongings.

PHOTOGRAPHS AND VIDEO RECORDINGS

Flash photography and recordings are prohibited during the performance, and all mobile devices should be silent. All recordings or photographs taken by parents/guardians or a third party during performances must be approved in advance by the organisers. The Festival may occasionally use accredited press photographers, but this will be in the public arena, and permission will be sought from the participant's parent or guardian. Sometimes, video recordings of performances are used for promotional purposes on AGMA's YouTube channel or social media, but strictly with the consent of the participant's parent or guardian. The parent, guardian, carer or teacher is responsible for withdrawing any child not wishing to be included in a press photograph or public recording.

THE LEGISLATION AND GUIDANCE THAT SUPPORTS THIS POLICY

The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974; The Children Act 1989; The Police Act 1997; The Data Protection Act 1998; The Human Rights Act 1998; The Protection of Children Act 1999; The Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000; The Children Act 2004, The Vulnerable Groups Act 2006.

POLICY REVIEW

The Company will review their Policy regularly and revise and enhance it as necessary, per the NSPCC and Arts Council of England policy guidelines.

Events Safeguarding Officer:

Maya Jordan, 11 Fermor Way, Crowborough, East Sussex TN6 3BD.

Around the Globe Music & Arts (Non-profitable Company registered in England and Wales No 11108427)

28 B Caedmon Road London N7 6DH

Managing Director: Marina Petrov

Arts Director: Maya Jordan

Occupational Health Director: Gavin Burt

Company Secretary: Vesna Petkovic

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