Corvus Amateur Drama Society (CADS) recognises its duty of care under the Children and Young Persons Act 2008, The Children (Performances and Activities) (England) Regulations 2014, the Protection of Children Act 1999 and the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000.
The society recognizes that abuse can take many forms, whether it is physical, emotional, sexual or neglect. The society is committed to protecting all of its participants from harm. All members of the society accept and recognize their responsibilities to develop awareness of the issues that cause children harm.
The society believes that:
• the welfare of the child is paramount;
• all children, regardless of age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial heritage, religious beliefs and/or sexual orientation or identity have the right to protection from abuse or harm;
• all suspicions and allegations of abuse should be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately;
• all members of the society should be aware of the society’s child protection procedures.
The society will ensure that:
• all children will be treated with respect and dignity;
• the safety of each child will always be put first;
• a balanced relationship based on mutual trust will be built;
• enthusiastic and constructive feedback will be given rather than negative criticism;
• bullying will not be accepted or condoned;
• all adult members of the society provide a positive role model for dealing with other people;
• action will be taken to stop any inappropriate verbal or physical behaviour;
• it will keep up-to-date with health & safety legislation;
• it will keep informed of changes in legislation and policies for the protection of children;
• it will hold a register of every child involved with the current production and will retain a contact name and number close at hand in case of emergencies.
The society has child protection procedures which accompany this policy; to see these, please click here.
The society has a dedicated Child Protection Officer, who is in charge of ensuring that the child protection policy and procedures are adhered to. That person is the Vice Chair of the society and their contact details can be found here on the CADS website.
A second CADS member can also be jointly tasked as Child Protection Manager for a production.
This policy will be regularly monitored by the society’s committee and will be subject to annual review.
If you are involved in a CADS production that also involves children (defined as anyone under the age of 18), it is important that you read - and confirm to us that you have read - our complete Child Protection document. Please read both "Policy" and "Procedures" sections, and then click on the link below to show that you have done so.
PLEASE CLICK HERE TO LET US KNOW THAT YOU HAVE READ THE COMPLETE POLICY DOCUMENT.