(1) Blackpool School of Drama's Safeguarding Officer is Daniel Twist. Contact Telephone Number is 0800 566 8318. Email:

(2) Blackpool School of Drama is fully committed to safeguarding the welfare of all children and young people by taking all reasonable steps to protect them from neglect, physical, sexual or emotional harm.

(3) Safeguarding children and young people is at the centre of the school's activities and beliefs and is the responsibility of everyone.

(4) Blackpool School of Drama aims to keep safe all children and young people who use the club’s’s services as well as the paid staff and volunteers who work for Blackpool School of Drama.

(5) Blackpool School of Drama aims to provide safe, positive and empowering environments for all young people who engage in projects, programmes and events organised directly by it, or in partnership with other organisations.

(6) Blackpool School of Drama work with young people aims to be fun, informative and inspirational. This can only be achieved in an atmosphere of trust and respect.

(7) Blackpool School of Drama recognises that there are a variety of approaches required to ensure an effective prevention of harm strategy. These include: creating the right environment, developing practice standards, empowering young people, paid staff and volunteers, sharing information and developing a monitoring role. (8) Blackpool School of Drama recognises that there are a variety of activity.

(a) Policy Statement:

(1) Health and Safety policy and risk assessment

(2) Safe Recruitment and Selection include staff development

(3) Diversity and Equality

(4) Data Protection

(5) Data Retention

(6) IT Security Staff and Volunteers’ Code of Conduct

(7) Complaints Policy and Procedure  

(b) Dissemination:

(1) All paid staff and volunteers will be made aware of this policy and procedure as part of their induction.

(2) They have a responsibility to adhere to it. It will be made freely available to all Blackpool School of Drama users via our website.

(3) Review Date This Policy and Procedure will be reviewed every 2 years by the school Principal, to ensure that the operation of this procedure is satisfactory.

(4) This document was created in December 2017. Next review date February 2018. Blackpool School of Drama will review any incidents during the year and take the appropriate action to resolve them, adapting policies and procedures immediately if so required.

(c) Blackpool School of Drama Definitions:

(1) Young people/person – All safeguarding and child protection legislation and guidance recognises a child or young person as anyone up to the age of 18.

(2) Human Rights Act 1998 and The United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of the Child Children Act 2004  

(3) 1989 Protection of Children Act 1999

(4) Police Act 1997 Part V  

(5) Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974

(6) Disability Discrimination Act 1995

(7) Health and Safety at Work Act 1974  

(8) Data Protection Act 1984 and 1998  

(9) Sexual Offences Act Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act

(d) Designated Safeguarding Officer:

(1) Be specifically trained to carry out this role.

(2) Be familiar with and have an understanding of all legislation and guidance relating to safeguarding and child protection.

(3) Receive information from paid staff, volunteers, children and young people, parents and carers about child protection concerns.  

(4) Assess this information promptly and take appropriate action.

(5) Maintain secure, confidential records of any child protection or other safeguarding concerns raised, action taken and follow-up required.

(6) Provide support during and after incidents involving child protection.

(7) Know how to contact and establish links with the Local Safeguarding Children Boards and the relevant departments within Local Authorities and police and be familiar with local referral procedures Assess the safeguarding and child protection learning and development needs of all staff and volunteers and coordinate the training.

(8) Promote safeguarding across the organisation and keep all staff and volunteers informed on good practice and new legislation and guidance.

Monitor the overall trend of safeguarding concerns, keep records of their disposal and feed back to the organisation on the quality of their safeguarding work.

(e) Code of Conduct:

(1) Blackpool School of Drama believes that all members of its paid staff and volunteers have a clear understanding of the responsibilities and powers their positions of trust carry.

(2) The Staff and Volunteers’ Code of Conduct clearly outlines what is acceptable behaviour and what is not and how to behave appropriately when working with young people and as such ensuring that the ‘position of trust’ is not abused. This not only protects those in the positions of trust, but also safeguards those being cared for. Please refer to Paid Staff and Volunteers Code of Conduct. Failure to comply with the Code may be deemed a disciplinary matter

(f) Safe Practice when working with Children and young People at Blackpool School of Drama Events

or Residential Trip:

(1) Information To Parents and Carers Parents and carers must be provided with event information for any Blackpool School of Drama activity involving a person under the age of 18 years.

(2) The information provided must include – date, times, location, travel arrangements, refreshments, money, clothing or equipment needed and contact information should a parent or carer wish to contact the member of staff in charge of the activity.  

(g) Consent To Parents and Carers:

(1) Consent must be obtained from a child’s parent or carer for any Blackpool School of Drama activity involving a person under the age of 18 years.

(2) Blackpool School of Dramaconsent form will be used for this purpose.

(3) During activities, copies of consent forms will be available to relevant staff present, in case of an emergency and the need to contact a parent or carer.

(4) Forms will be kept in a place which is only accessible to staff and the location of the forms must be known to all staff participating in the event.

(5) On conclusion of the event, forms will either be destroyed or stored securely. Original copies of consent forms will be filed in a locked cabinet, accessible only to those who need to fulfil their duties.  

(h) Use of Photographs or Recorded Images of Children and Young People:

(1) Blackpool School of Drama may want to take photographs or record the activities undertaken by the young people. Blackpool School of Drama commits to ensure that all publications and media represent participants appropriately and with due respect.

(2) A photograph or image of a child or young person will not be published without consent.

(3) Personal information about the individual will not accompany the image. Blackpool School of Drama receives a blanket permission to record our events through film and photography.

(4) This permission restricts use for Blackpool School of Drama own promotional use, e.g publications and website. Individuals and organisations commissioned by us or working in partnership with us cannot use film and photography without the consent of the participating groups.

(5) Where possible and appropriate Blackpool School of Drama gets explicit consent when people register for an event directly.

(6) Where a youth drama leader books for an event on behalf of a young people, Blackpool School of Drama gets the leader to sign to say they are responsible for getting explicit, individual consent.

(7) DBlackpool School of Drama states at events “Blackpool School of Dramawill be taking photographs and video shots of activities and performances for use within Blackpool School of Drama photographic library, printed Blackpool School of Drama publications, publicity and on the Blackpool School of Drama website, to support and promote the work of the Company.

(8) If you or your parents have any objections to this, please let us know so that we can identify anyone who does not wish us to use their image. Otherwise it will be assumed that consent has been given.” Blackpool School of Drama websites will be carefully monitored to eliminate the use of inappropriate images or improper text.

(i) Confidentiality:

(1) Whilst Blackpool School of Drama staff will ensure that young people’s rights to privacy and confidence is respected, there may be times when this confidence needs to be breached. If a young person discloses information about him/herself or another young person, which raises safeguarding concerns about the safety of that young person or others, then these concerns will be reported to the Designated Safeguarding Officer in line with Blackpool School of Drama reporting concerns procedure which is included in this policy.

(2) Blackpool School of Drama will ensure that the young person is involved, consulted and kept informed about what action, if any, is to be taken and during each step of the reporting procedure.

(3) Any personal information gathered about a young person regarding a child protection concern will be stored in a secured and confidential place. Only appropriate staff will have access to this information (e.g. paid staff member or volunteer involved, Designated Safeguarding Officer).

(4) It may be necessary to pass this information on to the relevant Local Authority and police. When doing so, Blackpool School of Drama will ensure that the young person is involved and gives consent in making that decision where possible.

(5) The only situation when a referral can and will be made without the consent of the young person will be if that young person is at risk of serious harm.

(6) Blackpool School of Drama staff will ensure that any information gained or given will be treated with the strictest of confidence.

(7) Young people will be consulted and involved in the decision-making

(j) Definitions of Child Abuse:

(1) Neglect – the persistent or severe neglect and failure to meet the child’s or young person’s basic physical and or psychological needs, ie food, warmth, shelter, clothing, care and protection  

(2) Physical – any form of non-accidental injury or failure to protect against injury to a child or young person. This may involve hitting, shaking, poisoning, throwing, suffocating, burning and scalding. Physical harm may also be caused when a parent or carer puts on the symptoms of, or deliberately causes, ill health to a child or young person under their care.

(3) Emotional – severe or persistent rejection or emotional ill-treatment of the child or young person which would negatively affect the emotional or behavioural development of the child or young person.  

(4)Sexual – the actual, or likely, sexual exploitation of the child or young person by any person, whether or not that child or young person is aware of what is happening. This would include physical contact (penetrative or non-penetrative) and non-physical contact (looking at pornographic materials, watching sexual activities, or encouraging children/young people to behave in sexually inappropriate ways)

(5) It is also recognised that there are other sources of stress for children and young people and their families, for example social exclusion, domestic violence, mental illness or drug and alcohol misuse.

(6) It is not your responsibility to decide whether a young person has been abused or is at significant risk. Investigation of child abuse is a specialised professional task which should only be undertaken by the designated agencies, i.e. the Local Authority Children’s Services, police, Local Safeguarding Children’s Board or the NSPCC. However, you do have a responsibility to act on any concerns and report them in accordance with the reporting procedure.

(7) The one thing a staff member must not do is NOTHING!  

(k) Action To Be Taken By Designated Safeguarding Officer:

(1) Act immediately – do not delay Consider whether the child or young person is in immediate danger. If they are, contact the police, Local Authority, Local Safeguarding Children’s Board or parents or carers (if appropriate).

(2) If allegations have been made about a member of staff or a volunteer, report the matter to someone higher within the organisation. The organisation’s disciplinary procedure should be followed.

(3) If the child/young person is not in immediate danger and you are with the young person, listen to what they want to share with you about the incident. Do not ask leading or interrogating questions, just questions for clarification only.

(4) Contact your local services team and discuss any future action with them, e.g. if an allegation against a member of staff or a volunteer contact the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board Local Authority Designated Officer, if regarding a young person contact Children’s Services and if regarding a vulnerable adult contact Adult Services, etc  

(5) Agree with the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board team ongoing support for the child or young person. When considering and taking any action, the child or young person’s welfare must be paramount

(6) Name, age, date of birth, home address and telephone number

(7) Whether or not the person making the report is expressing their own concerns or those of someone else.

(8) The nature of the allegation. Include dates, times, any special factors and other relevant information

(9) Make a clear distinction between what is fact, opinion or hearsay.

(10) A description of any visible bruising or other injuries. Also, any  indirect signs, such as unusual or distinctive behaviour Details of witnesses to the incidents

(11) The young person’s account, if it can be given, of what has happened and how any bruising or other injuries occurred  

(12) If the parents have been contacted and if so what has been said?  

(13) If anyone else has been consulted? If so record details

(14) If the young person was not the person who reported the incident, has the young person been spoken to? If so what was said?  

(15) Has anyone been alleged to be the abuser?  

(16) Record details Where possible referral to the Police or appropriate Local Authority Services should be confirmed in writing within 24 hours and the name of the contact who took the referral should be recorded.

(17) Referral is the responsibility of the Designated Safeguarding Officer.

(18) The Designated Safeguarding Officer should include on the Blackpool School of Drama Incident/Disclosure Form – CONFIDENTIAL Form what action they have taken and any feedback as a result of the referral.

(l) Disclosure and Barring Service:

All leaders, teachers, workshop leaders and child chaperones are Disclosure and Barring Service checked.