Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy, Code of Practice and Procedures
The Romsey Festival of Youth Music (RFoYM) fully recognises its responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children participating in any way in the festival. The purpose of this policy is to provide the festival committee members and volunteers with the guidance they need to keep children participating in the festival safe and secure and to inform parents and guardians how it is intended to safeguard their children whilst participating in the festival.
The RFoYM is staged at several venues across Romsey and serves as a celebration of high-
This policy and guidance should be observed by all RFoYM committee members, and volunteers.
Many RFoYM committee members and volunteers will have frequent contact with children during the festival’s activities. The RFoYM acknowledges that it has a responsibility to promote best practice and the highest standards of conduct among its committee members and volunteers in relation to the safety of children. It also recognises that good safeguarding and child protection policies and procedures are also of benefit to RFoYM committee members and volunteers, as they can help protect them from misunderstandings or erroneous allegations.
The RFoYM is committed to practices which protect children from harm.
All RFoYM committee members and volunteers who have access to or contact with children must:
The RFoYM in turn will endeavour to safeguard children by:
N.B. The RFoYM Committee is committed to keeping the RFoYM Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and Code of Practice under constant review.
It is the RFoYM’s policy that:
The RFoYM Code of Practice
Guidance on Responding to a Child Making an Allegation of Abuse
How to Report Concerns – Reporting Procedures for RFoYM
A RFoYM committee member or volunteer could have their suspicion or concern raised in a number of ways, the most likely of which are:
If a RFoYM committee member or volunteer has such concerns, they should report them immediately to the appropriate person in the organisation (the RFoYM Committee Secretary and DSP at the school the child attends initially). This principle applies regardless of whether the RFoYM committee member or volunteer is working in an employed or voluntary capacity.
If a child in your care during the festival has suffered a serious injury as a result of abuse, seek medical attention immediately and contact:
Please inform the RFoYM Secretary of any safeguarding issues and alert them to any concerns about the conduct of another RFoYM committee member or volunteer immediately.
The most common examples of the types of concerns that must be reported immediately are:
A DSP’s role is to consider concerns raised and refer them immediately to HCC’s MASH Team (Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub) who bring together professionals from a range of agencies into an integrated multi-