The National Eisteddfod of Wales is committed to ensuring safe environments for children and young people and believe that it is always unacceptable for a child or young person to experience abuse of any kind. We recognise our responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children and young people, and a commit to following best practice to protect them.
This policy applies to our Board of Trustees, paid staff, adjudicator and accompanists, volunteers, students or anyone working on behalf of the National Eisteddfod of Wales.
We recognise that:
- the welfare of the child/young person is paramount;
- all children, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity, have the right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse;
- working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare.
The purpose of the policy:
- to provide protection for the children and young people who participate in our festivals;
- to provide staff and volunteers with guidance on procedures they should adopt in the event that they suspect a child or young person may be experiencing, or be at risk of, harm.
We will seek to safeguard children and young people by:
- valuing them, listening to and respecting them;
- adopting child protection guidelines through procedures and safe working practice for staff and volunteers;
- recruiting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made;
- sharing information about child protection and safe working practice with children, parents, staff and volunteers;
- sharing information about concerns with agencies who need to know, and involving parents and children appropriately;
- providing effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision, support and training.
The National Eisteddfod of Wales will review this policy each year or sooner in light of any changes in legislation or guidance.
Creating Safer Festivals for Everyone
Tha National Eisteddfod of Wales use the following procedures to create safer festival for everyone:
- Adopt a single, definitive Child Protection Policy.
- Appoint one designated Eisteddfod Safeguarding Officers (ESO)
Name: Alwyn M. Roberts
Phone: 0845 40 90 400
- Best practice advice in the form of the National Eisteddfod’s Safe Working Practice and Safeguarding Procedures leaflet, with support and training for all Eisteddfod staff and volunteers will be made available, including clear reporting procedures for anyone with a concern about a child.
- Appropriate recruitment and induction procedures for all new Eisteddfod staff and volunteers responsible for providing safe environments for everyone attending / performing at the Eisteddfod.
- All Eisteddfod stewards will wear a name badge and high visibility jacket. All teachers / parents / guardians / carers are asked to report all incidents of any nature to anyone wearing a badge. All reported incidents will be handled in accordance with the Safe Working Practice and Safeguarding Procedures best practice advice. In addition we will ensure the availability of a quiet area / room where concerns can be expressed in private.
- For the duration of the Eisteddfod festival all teachers / parents / guardians / carers are responsible for the continuous care and supervision of their own children / pupils / vulnerable adults. If they are unable to attend personally, they must delegate their responsibilities to an identified adult and ensure that their children / pupils / vulnerable adults are aware of the identity and name of the person responsible for their care. This includes supervision throughout all Eisteddfod venues, performance and rehearsal areas that may be provided.
- No unauthorised photography or video recording is allowed without the Eisteddfod’s Head of Communications.
- No one - parents, competitors or other members of the audience are allowed to take pictures or film children, except performances involving their own children. This includes any use of them on social websites. If you have an enquiry or concern, contact a member of the stewarding team.
- Where parents / guardians / carers do not wish photos to be taken at all, then the responsible adult attending should ensure that their child / pupil / vulnerable adult is not included in official authorised photos.
- Some children and vulnerable adults may have specific needs in order to take part. If this is the case we ask the responsible teacher / parents / guardians / carers to contact the Eisteddfod prior to arrival. The National Eisteddfod of Wales will actively seek wherever possible to meet these needs, but must know beforehand in order to prepare support – or to advise in execptional circumstances that the necessary assistance cannot be provided.