Hampshire Festival of Dance


Affiliated to The British and International Federation of Festivals of which

Her Majesty The Queen is Patron

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The British and International Federation of Festivals

for Music, Dance and Speech


Festivals House, 198 Park Lane, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK11 6UD


Tel: 01625 428297 Fax: 503229 E-mail:



Child Protection Policy Statement


The British and International Federation of Festivals for Music, Dance and Speech work

for amateur festivals everywhere to help create thousands of educational performance

opportunities for children and young people each year.


The Federation, and our member Festivals, are 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, by a commitment to recommend best practice

which protects them.


This policy applies to our Board of Trustees, paid staff, Adjudicator members, volunteers,

students or anyone working on behalf of the Federation and out member Festivals.


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

and 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, including the children of festival members.


• 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,



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 practices

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 Federation will review this policy each year in November in line with Safe Network

guidance or sooner in the light of any changes in legislation or guidance. All changes will be

communicated to our member Festivals in time for the start of the new Festival year.

Child Protection Policy & Statement

Full Child Protection Policy Procedures Festival Child Protection Leaflet Safe Working Practice Leaflet