‘Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play in safeguarding children.’
Keeping Children Safe in Education – September 2016.
The Shepherd Group Brass Band is fully committed to ensure they fulfil their responsibility to provide a safe environment in which children can learn and play music. We promote a climate where students and adults will feel confident about sharing any concerns which they may have about their own safety or the well-being of others.
It is tempting to believe that if we have child protection procedures, undertake D.B.S. checks and make our monitoring processes more robust, then children will be safeguarded. Whilst these measures are important, it is the adults surrounding the child that afford them the best protection – adults who are professional, display humanity, common sense and have a sense of clear boundaries.
It is in no one’s interest to engage in defensive practice or to restrict children’s experiences in order to avoid an allegation. However, it is in everyone’s interest, children, and adults, to ensure that children are safeguarded and, importantly, feel safe. It is also in everyone’s interest that adults who work with children also feel safe, without the fear of being the subject of an allegation.
The Shepherd Group Brass Band ( The Band ) therefore takes its responsibilities towards safeguarding of both children and vulnerable people in its organisation most seriously.
The Band is totally committed to protecting and keeping safe from harm all the children and vulnerable people in The Band, visiting bands and visiting players and spectators.
The attached supporting Schedule lays out the procedures, ways and methods that The Band will employ and carry out to keep our children safe and the ways in which it will respond to any concerns raised .
The following guidance is designed to assist. It should not be read as rules, rather as a common-sense guide to working with children.