Around the Globe Music & Arts

Around the Globe Piano Music Festival

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

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. Our Safeguarding Policy is in the Syllabus of Around the Globe Piano Music Festival and will be distributed to all entrants as well as printed in our publications.

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 will include organising festivals, concerts, masterclasses, workshops, seminars and lectures. The Company is eager to promote multicultural diversity through music arts to a wider audience, believing that its activities contribute towards a better cultural understanding, social cohesion and sustainable personal and societal development.

THE ENVIRONMENT

An annual piano festival is held at the premises of The Study Society building based in west London, in one of their performance halls on the ground floor with available reception area and toilet facilities. The building has a safety lock on the door entrance and the organiser will provide attendees of the event with the entrance door code well in advance before the event.

An annual event Winners' Piano Recital is held in a church building that includes performance hall, reception area, toilet facilities and lift for people with disabilities.

We admit members of the public with access to entrance areas and performance halls only. It is the policy of our organisation 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 to all involved including children and other vulnerable groups with a welcoming atmosphere and safe environment as reasonably possible.

To ensure clarity, it is the policy of our organisation to inform parents, guardians, careers and teachers that they receive a copy of this policy before making arrangements to attend any of our events.

TO WHOM THIS POLICY APPLY

This policy relates to children under the age of 18 years and members of vulnerable groups of any age whose needs are identified to the organisers by a parent/career/guardian and/or teachers prior to their arrival at the Festival and other performance event. This should be done by contacting the address at the foot of this document. Our Organisation actively seeks, wherever possible, to meet these needs, but must know beforehand in order to prepare support - or to let you know we are unable to help.

EVENTS PERSONNEL

Around the Globe Piano Music Festival and AGPMF Winners Piano Recital are run entirely by volunteers. Members of the Committee (referred to hereafter as Festival personnel) as well as 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, trained in 'Child Protection' and are DBS/CRB checked. The Festival personnel are required to sign in when in attendance and to wear an official identity badge at all times during events. The Company keeps records of their names, addresses and reference material and where appropriate will held by the committee. Our Company wish to reassure that every problem will be taken seriously as well as 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 cannot accept any responsibility for supervision of any public areas within and outside the building. We urge that parents, careers, guardians, students and teachers assume full responsibility for their charges. The organisers cannot take responsibility for any lost belongings.

PHOTOGRAPHS AND VIDEO RECORDINGS

During performance taking flash photography and recordings are not permitted and all mobile devises should be put on 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 use accredited press photographers from time to time but this will be in the public arena and permission will be sought from the participant's parent or guardian. It is the responsibility of the parent, guardian, carer or teacher to withdraw any child not wishing to be included in a press photograph.

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 on a regular basis and revise and enhance it as necessary, in line with 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