Bideford Town Band Committee strongly believes that all members within its organisation are entitled to participate in its activities in an enjoyable and safe environment. This particularly applies to young people/children under the age of 18 years and also vulnerable adults.
It is vitally important that;
• The welfare of the child/young person/vulnerable adult is paramount
• That we ensure they participate in banding activities whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, racial origin in a safe environment.
• That all reasonable steps are taken to protect them from harm, discrimination and degrading treatment and respect their rights, wishes, and failings
• Swiftly take action appropriately to all suspicions and allegations of poor practice or abuse.
To this end, the Band Committee has appointed a Child Protection/Safeguarding Officer to act as a focal point and to advise the Band Committee and all members of the Senior and Training bands on procedure relating to Child Protection.
She is: Claire Runeckles
Child Protection Policies will be reviewed annually to ensure they are kept up to date.
If a more detailed description of forms of Child Protection/abuse and procedures are required an excellent website is provided by the British Federation of Brass Bands, although Bideford Town Band is not a member.