Child Protection Policy

The Ewhurst Players (Amateur Dramatic Society) recognizes its duty of care under the Children and Young Persons Act 1963 and the Child (Performances) Regulations 1968. The Ewhurst Players recognizes that abuse can take many forms, whether it be physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse or neglect. The Ewhurst Players is committed to practice which protects children from harm. All members of the Players accept and recognize their responsibilities to develop awareness of the issues which cause children harm.

The Ewhurst Players believe that:
. The welfare of the child is paramount.
. All children, whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious beliefs and/or sexual identity have the right to protection from abuse.
. All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.
. All members of the Ewhurst Players must be clear on how to respond appropriately.

The Ewhurst Players will ensure that:
. All children will be treated equally and with respect and dignity.
. The duty of care to children will always be put first.
. A balanced relationship, based on mutual trust, will be built which empowers the children to share in the decision making process.
. Enthusiastic and constructive feedback will be given rather than negative criticism.
. Bullying, which can include verbal abuse, will not be accepted or condoned.
. All adult members of The Ewhurst Players will provide a positive role model for dealing with other people.
. Action will be taken to stop any inappropriate verbal or physical behaviour.
. The Ewhurst Players will keep up to date with health and safety legislation.
. The Ewhurst Players will keep informed of changes in legislation and policies for the protection of children.
. Members of The Ewhurst Players will undertake relevant training.
. The Ewhurst Players will hold a register of every child involved with any of their productions and will retain a contact name and number close at hand in case of emergencies.

The Ewhurst Players has child protection procedures which accompany this policy. This policy should be read in conjunction with the Players’ Health and Safety Policy.

The Ewhurst Players will elect a Child Protection Officer for each production involving children and this officer will ensure that the child protection policy and procedures are adhered to. The child/parents/carers will be advised of the name of the officer and how this officer can be contacted.

This Policy will be reviewed annually by The Ewhurst Players committee.