Hailsham Festival acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice and requirements.
The policy recognises that the welfare and interests of children and vulnerable adults are paramount in all circumstances. It aims to ensure that regardless of age, ability or disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation, socio-economic background, all will:
- Have a positive and enjoyable experience at Hailsham Festival in a safe environment.
- Are protected from abuse whilst participating in any Festival events.
Hailsham Festival acknowledges that some people, including those with disabilities, and vulnerable adults 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 Hailsham Festival will:
- Promote and prioritise the safety and wellbeing of children, young people and vulnerable adults
- Ensure everyone understands their roles and responsibilities with respect to safeguarding and that all are provided with appropriate learning opportunities to recognise, identify and respond to signs of abuse, neglect and other safeguarding.
- Ensure appropriate action is taken in the event of incidents/concerns of abuse and support provided to the individual/s who raise or disclose the concern.
- Ensure that confidential, detailed and accurate records of all safeguarding concerns are maintained and securely stored.
- Prevent the employment/deployment of unsuitable individuals.
- Ensure robust safeguarding arrangements and procedures are in operation.
The policy and procedures will be widely promoted and are mandatory for everyone involved in Hailsham Festival. Failure to comply with the policy and procedures will be addressed without delay and may ultimately result in dismissal/exclusion from the organisation.
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.
- As required by the Charity Commission.
- As a result of any other significant change or event.