NAWE Child Protection Policy
NAWE aims to safeguard the welfare of children, young people and
vulnerable adults participating in the arts and is committed to
implementing good practice which protects children, young people and
vulnerable adults from harm. NAWE adheres to the principles set out in
the Arts Council England document "Keeping arts safe", the full text of
which is available from www.artscouncil.org.uk
NAWE will provide clear guidance to its partners, employees, contractors
and volunteers on the actions that they should take should they have
concerns about the safety of children, young people and vulnerable
Managing our Professional Directory,
NAWE has a particular responsibility to ensure that all those
individuals listed as available for work in education (and therefore
with children, young people and vulnerable adults) have an Enhanced
Disclosure from the Criminal Records Bureau. NAWE is a registered body
with the CRB and can process Enhanced Disclosure checks directly. We do
so for any individuals wishing to be featured on the directory and who do not
already have a recent Enhanced Disclosure certificate (i.e. one that is
less than 12 months old).
NAWE is regularly asked to recommend writers for work in education and
our policy is to direct all enquiries to the Professional Directory. For those
without internet access, we ourselves make use of the directory.
In publishing details of an individual artist on the Professional Directory, we
are simply confirming that the individual has been through the CRB
Disclosure process within the past twelve months, and that we therefore
consider them eligible to be listed as available for work. We cannot
guarantee the protection of children, young people or vulnerable adults
in those situations where the artist is engaged. It remains the
responsibility of the employer to make any further enquiries they see
fit in order to enter into a contract with the artist, and to ensure
that employment conditions are suitable.
Recruitment and Selection Procedures
NAWE will apply the following recruitment and selection procedures to
all personnel, whether paid or unpaid, where the post involves direct
contact with children, young people and vulnerable adults.
Applicants will be asked to provide:
* details of previous experience, voluntary or paid, of working with children, young people and vulnerable adults
* permission to contact at least one person who has experience of their
work or contact with children, young people and vulnerable adults
* details of any convictions for criminal offences against children
including any spent convictions under the Rehabilitation of Offenders
Act 1974 (assuring the applicant that this information will be dealt
* evidence of their identity
All applicants will be interviewed and two references sought, at least
one of which will be asked to comment on the applicant's experience of
paid or voluntary work with children, young people and vulnerable
We will undertake an Enhanced Disclosure check with the Criminal Records
Bureau on any personnel, paid or unpaid, whose work involves a
substantial level of access to children, which may be unsupervised, and
will be regular or sustained. This includes arts practitioners involved
in providing workshop activities for children, young people and
vulnerable adults. In reaching our decision as to whether such a check
is necessary, we will consider:
* will there be one to one contact?
* is it likely that no other adult will be present?
* will there be regular contact?
* are the children particularly vulnerable?
Guidelines for staff
NAWE will ensure that all paid and unpaid personnel are given clear
guidelines setting out the steps they are expected to take to ensure the
safety and welfare of any children, young people and vulnerable adults
for whom they will be responsible.
These guidelines will contain:
* a reminder of their duty to prevent abuse and guidance on what constitutes abuse
* procedures for expressing concerns, formally and informally, about a
child, young person or vulnerable adult taking part in a NAWE activity
* details of the support structures in place for those who report concerns
* guidance on responding to possible abuse and to disclosure
* guidance on how to support the abused child, young person or vulnerable adult
* procedures for responding to suspicions raised about a member of NAWE
personnel involved in working with children, young people and vulnerable
* guidance on good practice in planning and implementing projects with
children, young people and vulnerable adults including risk assessment
* health and safety procedures
* procedures for ensuring that any risks to the safety of children, young people and vulnerable adults are minimised
All staff and volunteers who have a particular responsibility for
overseeing work with children, young people and vulnerable adults will
be required to participate in child protection training which includes
* awareness of abuse
* organisational policy and procedures
* skills training
* health and safety
We will also ensure that they are kept informed of developments in terms of legislation and guidance available.
Responding to allegations of abuse
Allegations of abuse against NAWE personnel, paid or unpaid, will be dealt with by the NAWE Management Committee.
Reviewing Policies and Procedures
Policies and procedures will be reviewed on a regular basis by the NAWE Management Committee.
The Director of NAWE will take lead responsibility for the protection of
children, young people and vulnerable adults engaged in any NAWE