Child Protection Policy

CHILD PROTECTION POLICY implemented for January 2013

Full name of organisation: HEATON MERSEY YOUTH FESTIVAL

Chairman: Andrew Dean
Treasurer: Dr Roger Bisby

Festival Venue: Stella Maris School, St. John’s Church, St. Paul's Church, and Heaton Mersey Community Centre, Stockport

Festival Dates: March 2nd/3rd/9th/10th 2018

  1. PURPOSE AND FUNCTION OF THE ORGANISATION
    The purpose of the Heaton Mersey Youth Festival (hereinafter called HMYF) is:
    a) to advance, promote and encourage, by means of the Competitive Festival Movement, to study and practice the arts of Music, Elocution, Literature and Acting in all their branches, amongst youth under 21 years of age.
    b) to provide the competitors with a platform for their performance where they will be assessed by a professional adjudicator and given written summary of their performance.
    c) to carry out, as far as possible, the objects of The British and International Federation of Festivals to which HMYF is affiliated.
  2. THE FESTIVAL ENVIRONMENT:
    We stage the Festival in the above named premises.
    In all Festival Rooms the following personnel are present: a door steward, and adjudicator, an adjudicator’s steward and an accompanist where appropriate.
    We have a Festival Office operated by two committee members.
    We do not use a practice room.
  3. TO WHOM DOES THIS POLICY APPLY:
    This Policy applies to ALL people who enter the Festival Premises.
  4. FESTIVAL PERSONNEL:
    The Festival Committee recruit Festival Helpers. These helpers are all known personally to the recruiting member.
  5. PREPARATION FOR ATTENDANCE AT THE FESTIVAL:
    This Child Protection Policy is sent to all parents, either directly in the post, or via their teacher, in time for them to make their preparations to attend the Festival. It is sent to make cleat that ALL CHILDREN UNDER 16 YEARS OF AGE SHOULD BE IN THE CARE OF A RESPONSIBLE ADULT WHILST ON THE FESTIVAL PREMISES and that, where parents are not attending themselves, they should ensure that their child(ren) will be accompanied to the Festival by and adult acting on their behalf.
    Every entrant to the Festival receives a standard form of official notification giving details of their performance times, classes and performance room. This form must be presented for admission to the premises.
  6. PERFORMANCE AREAS AND CHANGING AREAS
    Performance areas are covered above. No changing areas are required.
  7. PHOTOGRAPHS, VIDEOTAPES and PRESS PHOTOGRAPHY:
    Photography, video and sound recording are banned at our Festival.
    Our recognised and licensed press photographer is invited to the Festival and is accompanied at all times by a committee member.
  8. THE LEGISLATION AND GUIDANCE THAT SUPPORTS THIS POLICY:
    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 Service Act 200, The Children Act 2004, The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, The Children Act 2004, The Protection of Vulnerable Groups Act 2006.
  9. POLICY REVIEW:
    The organisers of the HMYF and Committee will review their policy revising and enhancing it as necessary. In doing this they will look to The British and International Federation of Festivals for support and that body, in turn will look to other agencies for good practice, most notably the NSPCC and Arts Council of England policy guidelines.