Wales' International Theatre Training Academy & School

Child Protection Policy

Superstars in the Making Ltd.
Superstars in the Making (SITM) is committed to fulfilling its duty of care to children, young people and vulnerable adults with whom it comes into contact with. This will be achieved by promoting, creating and maintaining a culture and environment that safeguards the safety and welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.
The Group recognises its duty comply with legislative requirements to work with the appropriate agencies in protecting children and vulnerable adults and to ensure that any suspicions or allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to in a swift, appropriate and confidential manner.
Any member of the Group who has concerns about the welfare of a young volunteer or vulnerable adult, and which may indicate physical, emotional and sexual abuse or neglect, is required to report such concerns to the named person responsible for protection issues.
Those members of the Group who come into contact with children, young people and vulnerable adults, whether as volunteers with work parties or as helpers at school visits will be made aware of the SITM protection Procedures and Code of Conduct. Those who come into regular contact with children, young people and vulnerable adults will also be checked through the Criminal Records Bureau procedure and, where appropriate, registered with the Independent Safeguarding Authority.
Procedures and Code of Conduct for members of SITM who come into contact with children and vulnerable adults
1. Physical
Where a person receives physical hurt or injury that is not accidental
2. Sexual
Where a person is the basis of sexual gratification from people exploiting the vulnerability of children or vulnerable adults
3. Emotional / Psychological
Where a person is adversely affected by persistent or severe rejection or lack of affection, or persistent taunts or threats
4. Neglect
Where a serious impairment to personal health or development is caused by lack of care and attention and exposure to any kind of danger
5. Financial Abuse
This includes theft, fraud, pressure around wills, property or inheritance, misuse or misappropriation of benefits.
6. Racial and Homophobic Motivated Abuse
Whilst not classified as an individual category of abuse, racially motivated abuse can take any of these forms and this needs to be noted additionally in situations when the victim perceives abuse to have been racist in its intent. Homophobic incidents are usually motivated by hatred or fear of homosexuality.
7. Domestic Abuse
Domestic abuse is a serious crime which must be treated as seriously as any other crime. Victims of domestic abuse may also be vulnerable adults as defined in this policy.
A child is defined as any person aged under the age of 18.
A vulnerable adult is an individual who is or may be in need of community care services by reason of mental or other disability, age or illness and includes those who may be unable to either take care of themselves or protect themselves against harm or exploitation.
People with learning disabilities, mental health problems, older people and disabled people may fall within the definition of “vulnerable adult” particularly when their situation is complicated by additional factors such as:
• Physical frailty
• Chronic illness
• Sensory impairment
• Challenging behaviour • Social problems
• Emotional problems
• Poverty
• Homelessness
• Substance abuse
Members in contact with children or vulnerable adults must:
* Ensure that if a child/vulnerable adult is not accompanied by a parent, guardian, carer or teacher acting in loco parentis, that the consent of the parent, guardian or carer has been given to any activity which is supervised by a member of SITM.
!Ensure that the child or vulnerable adult in his/her care observes the safety advice set out in the Group’s Volunteering Policy and the document Working Safely at SITM.
* Ensure that whenever possible there is more than one adult present during activities with children/vulnerable adults, or if they are alone with a child/vulnerable adult, work in the open or near paths that are within sight or hearing of others
* Avoid giving a child/vulnerable adult a lift in their car and avoid taking a child/vulnerable adult to their (the member’s) home. If such a situation is unavoidable and is carried out with the safety of the child/vulnerable adult in mind, every effort should be made to get parental/guardian/carer permission first. If this is not possible members should let them know as soon as possible
* Ensure all children and vulnerable adults are treated with respect and are encouraged to speak up if they have any concerns
* Be aware that physical contact with a child or vulnerable adult may be misinterpreted. For this reason members must not engage in rough physical games, horseplay, or touch a child/vulnerable adult in an intrusive or sexual manner
* Not make sexually suggestive remarks to a child or vulnerable adult, even as a joke
* Be prepared to challenge unacceptable behaviour and ensure that any suspicions or allegations of abuse are recorded and reported to the named person responsible for dealing with protection issues
* Declare that there is no reason why they should not work with children and vulnerable adults.
* Declare any past criminal convictions or pending cases and any complaints of abuse made against them.
* Have a criminal records check if they regularly come into connection with children in the course of their volunteering activities for the group.
* Members of the group will be informed of any allegations made to the protection officer and the action taken.
* To receive information from volunteers, children, young people, vulnerable adults, parents or carers who have protection concerns and record it.
* Assess information promptly and carefully, clarifying or obtaining more information about the matter as appropriate.
!Consult with a statutory or child protection agency (Vale of Glamorgan Community Services Department, children’s services, or the NSPCC help line), to test out any doubts or uncertainty about the concerns.
* Make a formal referral to a statutory Protection agency or the Police.
* Make a formal referral to the Independent Safeguarding Authority where people have been dismissed on the basis of abuse and might be considered inappropriate to work in the future with children or vulnerable adults.
* The named person will inform members of the group of any allegations made and the action taken.
It is NOT the role of the named person to decide whether a child has been abused or not.
Policy Review
SITM will review its policy annually and update and amend as necessary.