Policy Statement

Music@Malling acknowledges that:

  • All children and vulnerable adults have the right to protection from abuse, neglect and exploitation.
  • Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults is everybody’s responsibility.
  • Doing nothing is not acceptable.
  • Working in partnership with relevant agencies, in conjunction with local safeguarding procedures, has demonstrable results.

2. Scope

  • This policy applies to all children and vulnerable adults involved in Music@Malling activities which include concerts, workshops, masterclasses and participatory events.
  • The policy applies to live and online events.
  • It supports the safeguarding processes of local authorities in whose areas we work.
  • The policy and its accompanying procedure and guidelines outline the responsibilities of Music@Malling’s Board, employees and volunteers in relation to the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults using our services.

Scope, roles and responsibilities

  • The policy recognises that the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults who participate in our activities is the responsibility of all colleagues and volunteers.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • It is the responsibility of all volunteers and employees to support Music@Malling’s commitment to the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults and attend training as required.
  • It is the responsibility of Music@Malling’s Board and all managers to ensure compliance and the effectiveness of the procedure accompanying this policy.
  • Safeguarding is the right of every child and vulnerable individual accessing our services to be protected from any form of abuse. Abuse occurs when the child’s or vulnerable adult’s rights are not respected.
  • Abuse is any behaviour towards a person that deliberately or unknowingly causes them harm, endangers life or violates their rights. It includes not only physical, emotional and psychological ill treatment but also neglect (including self-neglect), financial or sexual abuse, and the impairment of physical, intellectual, emotional, social or behavioural development. It concerns the misuse of power, control and /or authority and can be perpetrated by an individual, a group or an organisation.
  • A child is anyone who has not yet reached their 18th birthday.
  • An adult is anyone aged 18 or above.
  • A vulnerable adult is someone of 18 years or over ‘who is or may be in need of community care services by reason of mental or other disability, age or illness’ and ‘who is or maybe unable to take care of him or herself or unable to protect him or herself against significant harm or exploitation’ No Secrets’ Guidance 2000.
  • The Mental Capacity Act 2005 provides a statutory framework to empower and protect vulnerable people who are not able to make their own decisions. It makes it clear who can take decisions, in which situations, and how they should go about this.
  • The definition of abuse includes Domestic Abuse and forced marriage. Domestic Violence is: ‘any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between adults who are, or have been intimate partners or between family members, regardless of gender or sexuality. Some incidents of abuse could also be relevant to our domestic violence policy and procedures, and we will be clear how we propose to manage any such incident. Forced marriage is one in which one or both of the spouses do not consent to the marriage and some element of duress is involved, including the use of physical and emotional pressure. Forced marriage is not sanctioned within any culture or religion.

3. Principles

  • The welfare of the child or vulnerable adult is the paramount consideration.
  • We will not tolerate abuse in any circumstances. Doing nothing is not an option.
  • All children and vulnerable adults, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial or ethnic origin, religious beliefs and sexual identity have a right to protection from abuse.
  • Adults have the right to be in control of their life, make decisions, be treated with respect and consideration and have their confidentiality respected.
  • All children and vulnerable adults have a right to intervention, support and/or information which could make life better and/or safer for them and be involved in decisions that are made about them.
  • We will promote the empowerment, wellbeing, security and safety of children and adults at risk of abuse consistent with their rights, mental capacity and personal choices.
  • We aim to minimise the risk of abuse by being sensitive to cultural, gender and individual needs in our service delivery.
  • We will maintain a culture and standards that prevent the development of poor care and support practices.
  • We will report every instance of disclosed or suspected abuse to the appropriate social services contact in line with each Local Authority safeguarding procedures alerting the police or other emergency services as required. Where appropriate, we will report concerns to the Disclosure Barring Service or the Care Quality Commission.
  • Music@Malling actively encourages and supports reporting of concerns and will protect colleagues disclosing malpractice from the risk of victimisation provided the disclosure is made in good faith.
  • We comply with relevant legislation and regulation, including:

– Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) regulations

– Care Quality Commission (CQC) Registration regulations

– Protection of Freedoms Act 2012

– Mental Capacity Act 2005

  • Safeguarding vulnerable groups Act 2000
  • Guidelines in “No Secrets” publication
  • We will review new legislation as it arises and continually review our procedures in line with good practice.

4. Online

  • All the above apply to our online policies.
  • Clear and specific directions are given to staff, volunteers, teachers, young people and children on how to behave online prior to each project.
  • All children and young people are encouraged to show respect for others when working on a Music@Malling project including online platforms and social media.
  • Music@Malling and our partners have robust procedures in place to respond appropriately to any incidents of inappropriate behaviour whether by an adult or a child/young person.
  • Music@Malling and its partners will review and update the security of our information systems regularly.
  • All images or video of children/young people will not be used online without the appropriate consent.
  • Any new social media platforms or technologies will be examined and risk assessed before they are used by Music@Malling.

January 2022