Child Safe Guarding Policy
This is a summary of our safe guarding policy. If you would like to see the full version, please contact Katie on or visit the contact page.
At Footsteps Theatrical Workshop we care deeply about all our students whatever their age, gender, ability or background and take safeguarding very seriously. We strive to create a safe and welcoming environment and to enrich the lives of our students. To that end we have ensured that key staff and volunteers have received formal chaperone/and or safeguarding training, have been checked by the disclosure and barring service (DBS) and have developed a safeguarding policy in line with UK law. Since the law was tightened in 2014 governing practices surrounding children in Entertainment, many theatres and performance venues are now strictly upholding regulations around taking care of performing children. You may have noticed, for example, tighter restrictions on back stage personnel and the taking of photos during a performance at some of the performances the children have been involved in. This is to fully comply with UK law and has the best interests of the children at heart, ensuring their safety and comfort at all times. If you would like to know more about Footsteps Safeguarding policy the full document can be sent upon request, which has been adapted from ISTD’s policy on child protection. In line with government recommendations we have developed the following policy since we work with children and young adults, to ensure we:
“always act in their best interests and ensure (we) take all reasonable steps to prevent harm to them. Having safeguards in place within an organisation not only protects and promotes the welfare of children but also it enhances the confidence of trustees, staff, volunteers, parents/carers and the general public”. (1)
In Kent there are Children In Entertainment control officers who may visit any performance and inspect at any time without prior warning and have the power to shut down performances that do not comply with regulations, making our compliance with regulations even more essential.
If you have concerns about your child or another child there are several things you can do. You can contact Alison Connor, Principal of the school, or one of your child’s teachers, or our safeguarding officer Lisa Browning. Or the following organisations provide help and support with matters regarding child protection.
The EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) comes into force across the European Union on 25th May 2018 and brings with it the most significant changes to data protection law in two decades. Based on privacy by design and taking a risk-based approach, the GDPR has been designed to meet the requirements of the digital age.
The 21st Century brings with it broader use of technology, new definitions of what constitutes personal data, and a vast increase in cross-border processing. The new Regulation aims to standardise data protection laws and processing across the EU; affording individuals stronger, more consistent rights to access and control their personal information.
Please contact us if you need further information regarding our GDPR policies and procedures.