Safeguarding Policy

Redbridge Drama Centre is committed to ensuring that all those involved in programmes and activities enjoy a positive and respectful environment where they are actively protected from harmful experiences. The policy is designed to encourage compliance with relevant legislation and recommended best practice. It emphasises the responsibility of all those involved in working with adults at risk to be alert to signs of abuse and provides for a prompt and effective reporting procedure should abuse be suspected, disclosed or discovered, regardless of the setting in which the abuse has taken place.

Safeguarding Principles

It is every child and adult’s right to be protected from abuse irrespective of their age, gender identity, faith or religion, culture, ethnicity, sexual orientation, background, economic position, disability or level of ability.

All staff and volunteers share the responsibility for the protection of children and adults at risk and will show respect and understanding for their rights, safety and welfare.

The additional vulnerability of disabled adults (including those with invisible disabilities, learning and communication differences) is recognised.

Allegations of abuse or concerns about the welfare of any child or adult will be treated seriously and will be responded to swiftly and appropriately.

Confidentiality will be maintained appropriately always, and the child’s and adult’s safety and welfare must be the overriding consideration when making decisions on whether to share information about them.

RDC will support all children and adults to understand their roles and responsibilities with regards to safeguarding and protecting children and adults at risk, including the responsibility to report all concerns to the RDC’s Head of Safeguarding or a Safeguarding Lead.

RDC ensures access to training/direct provision of learning opportunities for all staff/volunteers involved in the organisation or delivery of activities appropriate to their role to enable them to make informed and confident responses to safeguarding concerns and adult protection issues.

All participants involved in RDC activities have the right to be listened to with respect and heard.

Key Safeguarding contacts

Head of Safeguarding Owen Smith

0208 708 8800 (office)

Safeguarding Lead Sally Polden