Sirius Young Performers Ltd is committed to encouraging equality and diversity among our workforce, and eliminating unlawful discrimination. The aim is for our workforce to be truly representative of all sections of society and our customers, and for each employee to feel respected and able to give their best. The organisation - in providing our services - is also committed against unlawful discrimination of customers, staff or the public.
The equality policy is fully supported by our management team. Details of the organisation's grievance and disciplinary policies and procedures is held with the company documentation and can be requested at any time from Nicholas Harvey to whom any grievances should also be raised. Use of the organisation's grievance and/or disciplinary procedures does not affect an employee's right to make a claim to an employment tribunal within three months of the alleged discrimination.
Sirius Young Performers Ltd is a for-profit organisation run by:
Nicholas Harvey Managing Director of Sirius Young Performers Ltd, Company number 11144228 in the Registrar of Companies for England and Wales. Registered address Wood and Disney Chartered Accountants, Lodge Lane, Colchester, Essex. CO4 5NE
Sirius Young Performers Ltd is based at:
Sirius Young Performers Ltd known here on in as (SYPL) is overseen by a management team. One of the management team has particular responsibility for safeguarding children and is assisted by a deputy.
SYPL has adopted this safeguarding children policy and expects every adult working with or helping at Sirius Young Performers Ltd to support it and comply with it. Consequently this policy shall apply to all staff, managers, trustees, directors, volunteers, students or anyone working on behalf of Sirius Young Performers Ltd.
This policy is intended to protect children and young people who receive any service from us, including those who are the children of adults who may receive services from us.
As an organisation we believe that no child or young person should experience abuse or harm and we are committed to the protection of children and young people. This policy is intended to provide guidance and overarching principles to those who represent us as volunteers or staff, to guide our approach to child protection and safeguarding.
Nearly every child grows up in a safe and happy environment and it is important not to exaggerate or overestimate the dangers. Nevertheless, there are situations and circumstances where children need protection. These can include:
We recognise that:
There are three kinds of events/activities:
1.1 those open to adults and children of all ages,
1.2 those for children accompanied by a ‘parent’,
1.3 those for unaccompanied children, which are sometimes run alongside other events/activities.
At events and activities open to all ages, children under 16 must be accompanied throughout by an adult over the age of 18, who not only brings the child, but also takes the child home again afterwards. Young people aged 16 or 17 may attend unaccompanied if they bring the written consent and mobile telephone number of one or both of their parents/official carers.
At events and activities for children accompanied by a ‘parent’, children under 16 must be supervised throughout the event by an adult over the age of 18 who not only brings the child to the event but also takes the child home again afterwards. If a lone adult brings more than one child, then the children will have to stay together, so that the one adult can supervise them. Young people aged 16 or 17 may attend unaccompanied if they bring the written consent and mobile telephone number of one or both of their parents/carers.
At events and activities for unaccompanied children, children under the age of 16 must be enrolled by a responsible adult before being left with the event leader. The enrolment must record the child’s name, age and address and the names and addresses of the child’s parents/carers, plus the parents/carers mobile telephone numbers. This applies only to open events, when walk in is possible such as open auditions. For organised, regular or closed events, the written prior permission of the parent or guardian must be obtained.
Both event and activities are to be defined broadly to include any occasions where Sirius Young Performers Ltd will be providing a service.
Separate male and female dressing rooms and toilets must be available.
At the main place of rehearsals, a minimum staff ratio of 1 staff member to 18 children is required. Away from main base a minimum of 1 staff member/carer/parent/licensed chaperone to 10 children is required.
Sirius Young Performers Ltd offers the following activities for children:
Training in the performing arts and performance experiences.
Some of our activities may therefore require adult participants or adult leaders to undergo DBS and/or police checks under the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006. The required level of checking (if any) will broadly reflect the degree and frequency of unsupervised access given to other people’s children. As such, Sirius Young Performers Ltd, will work to the following:
1. Staff such as instructors who could at times find themselves alone with young people or be interacting with young people unsupervised more than three times a month and in accordance with government guidance for employers, be DBS checked to enhanced level with barred list and less than 3 times a month or supervised, without barred list and come back with no concerns that could be any way relevant to the job position in accordance with applicable areas of the rehabilitation of offenders act 1974.
2. Staff, who because of a lack of eligibility due to the job role, are unable to apply for and thus obtain an enhanced disclosure shall be in possession of a basic disclosure. This will of course preclude them from undertaking any role no matter how infrequently that infringes on the above requirements. Again, this disclosure should come back as above in (a).
3. Occasionally, help may be required at outside events or performances. At times such as these, helpers must either be defined as above in a or b, be a licensed chaperone or a parent/official carer of one of the performers when chaperoning their own child or children or group of children.
All the above said, it will remain prudent and beneficial, at all times, for all parties concerned to avoid finding oneself in a one on one position with another member of Sirius, whether that be a staff member, helper or student.
Disclosure checks will be seen by either Sarah Dransfield or Nicholas Harvey in conjunction with ID and address checks. This will not be retained by SYPL or copied, however the number must be noted and retained. Renewal will be reviewed after 12 months and indeed auto renewal is encouraged, but it will be incumbent upon the employee, contractor or helper to inform SYPL of any events that may effect the suitability to obtain a satisfactory Disclosure in intervening periods. New applicants must have an appropriate DBS check dated within the last 12 months and be supported by satisfactory references or a new application is required.
The SYPL team will take seriously any allegation of impropriety on the part of any member of Sirius Young Performers Ltd. The SYPL team reserve the right to contact the police or other statutory organisations with their concerns where necessary.
A parent/official carer/member of SYPL who have any concerns should also get in touch immediately with the following people:
The team will take any allegation seriously and if appropriate, will consider banning the member from future events or revoking his or her membership or both, but only in full accordance with the rules and procedures of Sirius Young Performers Ltd. Where harm/potential harm is considered a risk then the police or other statutory bodies will be contacted for advice. Please note that this includes any concerns around bullying or risk to themselves, the list of concerns is not exhaustive and we reserve the right to take advice from other professionals.
Before starting any event for unaccompanied children, the Team will carry out a risk assessment and then take steps to minimise all risks to health and safety. Parents and children will be made aware of any particular risks and of the steps to be taken to minimise those risks. The Team will keep a record of all risk assessments.
Sufficient adults must be present at any event for unaccompanied children to enable one adult to deal with any emergency while another adult supervises the children not directly affected by the emergency.
We will not tolerate the bullying of children in any form, either by adults or by other children. If any incident of child-on-child bullying should arise at a Sirius Young Performers Ltd event, those involved will be separated immediately and the parents of the children involved will be asked to deal with the matter. The SYPL team will review all incidents of child-on-child bullying and assess the likely future risk to children. If appropriate, the Team will consider banning a child from future events, but only in full accordance with the rules and procedures of Sirius Young Performers Ltd. Allegations of adults bullying children will be dealt with under paragraph F4 above.
People must expect to have their photograph taken at many of our events. We reserve the right to publish suitable photographs or videos of those attending, along with the first names of those pictured. It is of course any individual or parents’ right for this not to take place, therefore requests for no photographs or videos must be put in writing. We will ask audience members, parents/ official carers not to post pictures of children (other than their own) on any social media or other public media platforms without prior consent or express permission of SYPL or parents/official carers through SYPL.
Adults supervising children at Sirius Young Performers Ltd events must never use any form of physical punishment. Only persons trained and approved in the use of physical restraint should ever consider such action and then only when all other avenues have been exhausted and the wellbeing of a person or persons is threatened. At SYPL, we do not at this time have such trained persons and have no, plans to do so in the near future. As such our instructions to staff are, should such a point where physical restraint would have become necessary in accordance with the above, staff are instructed to remove any threatened persons including themselves from the vicinity, seek assistance of those in the area and if necessary call the police.
Unacceptable behaviour at Sirius Young Performers Ltd events for unaccompanied children will not be tolerated and SYPL reserve the right to ask parents/carers to collect their children.
Sirius Young Performers Ltd may apply a further disciplinary sanction; namely the banning of the child from one or more future events over the following 12 months. Any such sanction would be determined and applied by the following officers:
A parent who is aggrieved by this ban may appeal to Sirius Young Performers Ltd who will hear the views of all relevant persons. The decision of Sirius Young Performers Ltd is then final.
This safeguarding policy and appendix should be read together with the following policies and resources: This policy and appendix should also be available to be read by all staff, visitors, helpers, students, parents, official carers and people who may become the aforementioned in the future.
Employee background check
Health and Safety
Licencing and Equal opportunities policy.
This policy has been drawn up in accordance with the following:
NOTE: This Policy was approved by the following officer on 30/01/2018, it will be constantly monitored throughout and is due for review every 1 Year: