Telling Tales acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice and Ofsted requirements. 

The policy recognises that the welfare and interests of children are paramount in all circumstances. It aims to ensure that regardless of age, gender, religion or beliefs, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or socio-economic background, all children have a positive and enjoyable experience of Theatre Arts at Telling Tales Holiday Workshops in a safe and child centred environment, and are protected from abuse whilst participating in Telling Tales Holiday Workshops or outside of the activity. Telling Tales acknowledges that some children, including disabled children and young people or those from ethnic minority communities, can be particularly vulnerable to abuse and we accept the responsibility to take reasonable and appropriate steps to ensure their welfare. As part of our safeguarding policy, Telling Tales will promote and prioritise the safety and wellbeing of children and young people, and ensure everyone understands their roles and responsibilities in respect of safeguarding. Telling Tales will provide appropriate learning opportunities to recognise, identify and respond to signs of abuse, neglect and other safeguarding concerns relating to children and young people, and ensure appropriate action is taken in the event of incidents/concerns of abuse. Telling Tales will provide support to the individual/s who raise or disclose the concern and ensure that confidential, detailed and accurate records of all safeguarding concerns are maintained and securely stored. Telling Tales will prevent the employment/deployment of unsuitable individuals and ensure robust safeguarding arrangements and procedures are in operation. The policy and procedures will be widely promoted and are mandatory for everyone involved in Telling Tales. Failure to comply with the policy and procedures will be addressed without delay and may ultimately result in dismissal/exclusion from Telling Tales.

Monitoring: The policy will be reviewed a year after development and then every three years, or in the following circumstances: changes in legislation and/or government guidance. 

 (Last reviewed July 2017)