Creating Safer Festivals for Everyone
The Federation and its member Festivals use the following recently reviewed policies and procedures to provide Safer Festivals for everyone:
- A single, definitive Child Protection Policy adopted by all Federation Festivals.
- One or more designated Festival Safeguarding Officers will be appointed by each Federation Festival: For Alderley Edge Festival : Mrs Amanda Brabban-Brown – the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) Telephone: 07812 560503
Our Safeguarding Advisor is Pauline Butterfield, MA (Behavioural Forensic Psychology, BA Hons. Professional Studies in Social Work and Diploma in Social work).
Best practice advice is given in the form of Safe Working Practice leaflet, Festival Child Protection leaflet, and any other guidance produced by the Federation. This advice is supported by training for all Festival staff and volunteers. The Guidance includes clear reporting procedures for anyone with a concern about a child.
- Appropriate recruitment and induction procedures for all new staff and volunteers responsible for providing safe environments for everyone attending / performing at a Federation Festival.
- All Festival personnel will wear a badge to identify their roles. All teachers/parents/guardians/carers are asked to report all incidents of any nature to anyone wearing a Festival badge. All reported incidents will be handled in accordance with the Safe Working Practice and Festival Child Protection
- We do not permit any unauthorised photography, audio, video/digital recordings at our Festival. If any child, young person or parent/carer is concerned about any photography or recording taking place at an event, please contact the Festival Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) who will be pleased to discuss this matter with you.
- Some children and adults with support needs may require help in order to take part. If this is the case, we ask the responsible teachers/parents/guardians/carers to contact the Festival Organisers prior to arrival. The Festival aims to meet these needs wherever possible but must know beforehand in order to prepare support – or to advise that help cannot be provided on this occasion.
- The Festival’s Child Protection Policy and its approach to Creating Safer Festivals for Everyone are published explicitly in our Syllabus, Programme and Website. By completing and signing the entry form all parents / guardians / carers and teachers of entrants under 18 (or adults of any age who may require additional support) confirm that they give (or have obtained) the necessary consents for the entrants to take part in the Festival. Without these consents the entry to the Festival cannot be accepted.
Reviewed: November 2022