Bideford Town Band Trustees believes that all members within its organisation are entitled to participate in its activities in an enjoyable and safe environment. This especially applies to young people/children under the age of 18 years and also any vulnerable adults.
It is vitally important that;
• The welfare of the child/young person/vulnerable adult is paramount.
• That we ensure members participate in banding activities in a safe environment whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, sexual orientation or racial origin .
• That all reasonable steps are taken to protect them from harm, discrimination or degrading treatment and respect their rights, wishes, and failings at all times.
• Swiftly take action appropriately to all suspicions and allegations of poor practice or abuse.
To this end, the Band Trustees have appointed a Child Protection/Safeguarding Officer to act as a focal point and to advise the Band and all its members on procedures relating to Child Protection.
Our Child Protection & Safeguarding Officer 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 currently a member.