LANGCLIFFE SINGERS SAFEGUARDING POLICY
The law requires any organisation involving children, young people and vulnerable adults to take all reasonable measures to ensure that the risk of harm to their welfare and the welfare of all others involved in their activities is minimised, and where there are concerns, to share them with other local agencies. The relevant legal requirements arise from the Children Acts 1989 and 2004. The relevant government guidance includes Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018.
Langcliffe Singers recognises that it is not our role to decide whether a child young person or vulnerable adult has been abused or not. This is the role of the Social Services department who have legal responsibility or the NSPCC who have powers to investigate child protection concerns under the Children Act.
In this context anyone who has not reached their eighteenth birthday is a child and anyone over 18 years who is or may be unable to take care of themselves or unable to protect themselves against significant harm or exploitation is a vulnerable adult.
Langcliffe Singers is a Registered Charity, composed of choir members. Officers are elected and others co-opted to serve on the committee. Rehearsals are run by our self-employed Music Director with an accompanist. There are neither employed staff nor volunteers in the conventional sense.
Langcliffe Singers does not advertise itself as an activity suitable for children or vulnerable adults. At present all choir members are independent adults. It is only on rare occasions that a young person or vulnerable adult joins, rehearses or performs with us.
Choir rehearsals and performances are group activities, and there is no need for a member of the choir to be alone with another member of any age. Langcliffe Singers is therefore unlikely to be targeted by a person seeking opportunities to abuse children or vulnerable adults. Nonetheless we recognise the need to safeguard any young and vulnerable members and the Committee has therefore agreed the following Safeguarding Policy.
1. Langcliffe Singers (which includes all members) acknowledge that they have a duty to take reasonable steps to protect those who are involved in or affected by our activities, particularly if they are children or vulnerable adults, from all forms of abuse including emotional physical and psychological abuse.
2. Langcliffe Singers will publicise its safeguarding policy on its website www.langcliffesingers.org.ukand draw it to the attention of members at the beginning of each season.
3. Children will be welcome to participate in choral works with Langcliffe Singers which requirechildren and/or youth voices, or as instrumentalists, as long as they are accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult who remains responsible for them throughout rehearsals and performances.
4. Langcliffe Singers have nominated a Named Person, Margaret Coleman (tel. 01729-825972, email email@example.com).
5. Choir members will report any concerns to the Named Person.
6. In the absence of the Named Person the matter should be brought to the attention of the Secretary of Langcliffe Singers, Robin Knipe (tel. 07778-291402, email firstname.lastname@example.org).
7. A permanent confidential record will be kept of the complaint and its outcome.
8. The policy and procedures will be reviewed annually at Committee meeting.
Approved at a Committee meeting on November 5th 2019.
Signed by the Secretary on behalf of the Committee.