CAT Safeguarding Policy

This policy applies to all cast, committee members, musical director, technical/production crew, volunteers and anyone who is present during rehearsals and performances.

The purpose of the policy is:

  • to protect children and young people who take part in shows organised by CAT

  • to provide all adults with overarching principles that guide our approach to safeguarding and child protection

CAT believes that a child or young person should never experience abuse of any kind. We have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and young people and to keep them safe. We are committed to practise in a way that protects them.

Legal Framework

This policy has been drawn up on the basis of law and guidance and seeks to protect children, namely:

  • Children’s Act 1989

  • United convention of the rights of the child 1991

  • Data protection act 1998

  • Human rights act 1998

  • Sexual offences act 2003

  • Children’s act 204

  • Safeguarding vulnerable groups act 2006

  • Protection of freedoms act 2012

  • Children and Families act 2014

We recognise that:

  • The rights of the child are paramount as enshrined in the Children’s act 1989.

  • All children regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity, have a right to equal protection  from all types or harm or abuse

  • Some children are additionally vulnerable because of the impact of past experiences, their level of dependency, communication needs or other issues.

We seek to keep children and young people safe by:

  • Valuing them, listening to them and respecting them

  • Appointing a designated officer (DSO) for children and young people

  • Adopting child protection and safeguarding policies through procedures and a code of conduct for all who come into contact with children and young people.

  • Allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and appropriate steps will be taken to safeguard the child..

  • Ensuring we provide a safe physical environment for our children, young people and other members by applying health and safety measures in accordance with the law and regulatory guidance.