Everyone has the right to be protected from abuse regardless of their age, gender, disability, culture, language, racial origin, and religious beliefs or sexual identity. All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.
Every adult, child or young person, defined as any person under the age of 18, who attends CTTC will be able to take part in an enjoyable and safe environment, protected from all abuse.
Everyone invloved with CTTC will be responsible for the safety of other members, including children under the age of 16 yrears, from physical, sexual, or emotional harm and from neglect or bullying.
COVID 19 Addendum
In line with government advice, CTTC will be instigating new measures to help control the spread of the virus:
CTTC pledges to work with all members in these unprecedented times and we will talk through any concerns or issues raised.
Information is constantly being updated and CTTC will continually monitor the situation to ensure everyone’s safety.
All members and staff will be mindful of the potential hazards that may occur when taking part in the workshops. These include electrical and gas hazards, damaged building issues and trip/fall hazards. As soon as an issue is detected, that member must inform Jeanette Kendall immediately.
All mobile phones will be turned off or put on silent during workshops/CTTC events and rehearsals.
Jeanette Kendall / First Aider will keep a list of all medical conditions of each member along with instructions on what to do in an emergency. All medical forms must be kept updated by each member and must inform Jeanette Kendall of any changes.
Only Jeanette Kendall / First Aider will medically attend to someone who has fallen ill. At no time will any untrained member administer any medication to a member of CTTC.
Only in a life-threatening situation would a member perform CPR and/or call the emergency services.
All members will be vigilant about the possibility of any possible form of abuse either by or to another member of CTTC, both on and off the premises.
Responding to member who discloses abuse, all members will:
Senco Officer / Special Educational Needs Coordinator
At the present time, the Principal is experienced in monitoring and assessing children under 16 years of age who appear to be displaying signs of certain learning difficulties, as listed below:
If a member is seen to be displaying characteristics of any of the above, the Principal will speak to that member about future diagnosis and, in the case of a child, the Principal will speak to their parents to confidentially discuss the situation. The Principal will provide support where necessary for the parent to access appropriate help for their child.
Parents are welcome to ask questions and talk to the Principal regarding these conditions at any time.
CTTC will ensure that each member is visibly comfortable and not overheating or suffering any discomfort. It will be at every member's discretion to notice when a member is beginning to suffer mentally or physically in any way within their class. At that point it is the responsibility of the observer to take appropriate action.
The Principal will be made aware of any member that has been injured within CTTC hours. When a member has been injured, the Principal will make a record and, in the case of a child, will complete the accident book and contact the child’s parents to inform them of the incident.
It will at both parents’ and the Principal’s discretion as to whether the member goes home or to the hospital, depending on the severity of the injury or illness.
CTTC is determined to meet its obligations to ensure that those providing performing arts opportunities receive the highest possible standard of care.
These procedures apply to all members including the Principal.
Smoking, Alcohol and Drugs
CTTC is a non-smoking organisation. All members and parents of children, volunteers and visitors are not permitted to smoke in any area inside the building or in the immediate vacinity of the entrance doors. There are No Smoking signs clearly displayed around the premises. Any member of staff who wants to smoke may do so outside the building at least ten feet from the entrance.
Members - if any member is found to be under the influence, or in possession of alcohol or illegal substances whilst on CTTC premises, or during CTTC workshops/rehearsals or performances, they will be immediately removed. If the member is a child, their parent/ emergency contact will be contacted. It is at Jeanette Kendall's discretion as to when or if the member will be allowed back into CTTC.
Staff/Volunteers – if found to be under the influence or in possession of alcohol or illegal substances whilst at CTTC premises, rehearsals or performances, they will be instantly dismissed without discussion.
Parents/Carers - if it is believed that any parent/carer is under the influence of alcohol or illegal substances on CTTC's premises, our staff / members will ask them to leave and, if necessary, call the relevant authorities.
If CTTC is unhappy to release a child to the person collecting them as a result of their behaviour due to either alcohol or drugs, we will contact the necessary authorities.
We understand that we have no legal rights to prevent a child being taken by a family member, however we would endeavour to protect the child to the best of our ability. If the parent/carer takes the child from our care, and we believe that child to be in danger, we will advise the parent that we will be notifying the police and Social Services, stating we believe them to be under the influence of alcohol or illegal substances, thus putting a child at risk.
Staff Taking Prescription Medication Whilst Working with Children
Staff who take prescription medication can only work directly with children if medical advice confirms that the medication is unlikely to impair their ability to care for and look after children.
All members will secure their personal medication safely and kept away from other members and children. If this is not possible, the member should provide their own locked and secured container.
All members are asked to sign and complete a Medication/Treatment Form, confirming they are suitable to work with children and to ensure the information regarding their medical condition/ medication is correct.
Extremism & Radicalisation
CTTC is committed to providing a secure environment for pupils, where everyone feels safe. All members will be aware that it is everyone's responsibility to be vigilant, irrespective of the role they undertake.
CTTC encourages openness, honesty and respect and therefore will ensure that all members and visitors adhere to this policy, as set out.
There is no place for extremist views of any kind in CTTC, whether from internal sources such as students or staff, or external sources such as friends, external agencies or the members’ community. CTTC should be seen as a safe environment and our members and volunteers will encourage and facilitate this view and will challenge any extremist ideology displayed at the academy.
Our staff will be alert to the following:
Our members will strive to eradicate the myths and assumptions that can lead to some people becoming alienated and influenced which may make it harder for them to challenge or question these radical influences.
CTTC will ensure that all of our teaching approaches help our members to build resilience to extremism and give them a positive sense of identity through the development of critical thinking skills. We will ensure that all of our members are equipped to recognise extremism and are skilled and confident enough to challenge it.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead - Jeanette Kendall - is the focus person and first point of contact for all members, parents and external agencies and they are responsible for the safety and well-being of everyone.
The broad areas of responsibility for the designated safeguarding lead are:
Kirklees Children's Services: