Safeguarding Policy

Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults in The Bardi Symphony Orchestra

The Bardi Symphony Orchestra (which throughout this document includes The Bardi Wind Orchestra and any ensemble acting as part of and with the authority of The Bardi Symphony Orchestra or The Bardi Wind Orchestra) takes very seriously the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, young people (up to the age of 18 years) and vulnerable adults and recognises that the welfare and interests of children, young people and vulnerable adults are paramount in all circumstances.

The Bardi Symphony Orchestra aims to ensure that all children young people and vulnerable adults have a positive and enjoyable experience from their participation in musical activities in a safe environment.

As an organisation we accept our responsibility to take reasonable and appropriate steps to ensure the wellbeing of those children, young people and vulnerable adults whilst they are performing with The Bardi Symphony Orchestra or helping, for example, as front of house staff.

In order to achieve these objectives, The Bardi Symphony Orchestra shall have in place the following guiding principles:

  • In the first instance the parent(s)/guardian(s)/carers of children, young people and vulnerable adults shall be actively encouraged to attend rehearsals and concerts wherever possible
  • Where children, young people or vulnerable adults are associated to The Bardi Symphony Orchestra through schools/colleges and parent(s)/guardian(s)/carers are not present, the responsible teacher(s)/adult shall be actively encouraged to attend rehearsals and concerts wherever possible
  • At no time shall any child, young person or vulnerable adult be left in a situation where they are one to one with an adult (unless their parent/guardian/teacher)
  • At no time shall any child, young person or vulnerable adult be left unsupervised or in any situation where they be at risk

The Bardi Symphony Orchestra has amongst its members a number of adults who work in professions which interact with children and young people, such as teachers, youth workers and medical professionals, who have an up to date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) Disclosure. These individuals shall be named on a list held by The Chairperson and a designated adult with a DBS Disclosure Certificate will be highlighted to the child or young person and their parent/guardian/teacher (as appropriate), and may act as a contact point for any child, young person or vulnerable adult whilst they are performing with The Bardi Symphony Orchestra.

A named committee member will be identified as the Orchestra’s lead member for ensuring that the Committee/Board of Trustees shall, at least annually, review this statement, its operation, and the currency of DBS Disclosure status of members of the Orchestra.

All members of The Bardi Symphony Orchestra shall be provided with a copy of this statement and are expected to behave appropriately and in accordance with its principles at all times.

Should any member notice any behaviour affecting a child, young person or vulnerable adult at any of our rehearsals or concerts, which they feel to be inappropriate or which gives them cause for concern as to the safety or wellbeing of that child, young person or vulnerable adult, they raise their concern with The Chairperson, or any member of The Committee/Board of Trustees without delay.

Reviewed March 2021