DPAF child protection policy

In this Policy the following definitions will apply

  • children: anyone under 18 years and to include vulnerable adults
  • parents: to include guardians and carers of children and vulnerable adults

Our Digital (Online) Performing Arts Festival is committed to ensuring safe environments for children and young people and believe that it is unacceptable for a child or young person to experience abuse of any kind. 

We recognise our responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children, young people and vulnerable adults by a commitment to recommended best practice which protects them.

This Policy applies to the organizers and adjudicators working on behalf of the Digital Performing Arts Festival.

We recognise that:

  • the welfare of the children /young people is paramount
  • all children, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity, have the right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse
  • working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare.

The Purpose of the Policy

  • to provide protection for the children and young people who participate in our Festival. We will seek to safeguard children and young people by:
  • valuing them, listening to and respecting them
  • adopting child protection guidelines through procedures and safe working practice
  • ensuring all necessary checks are made when appointing adjudicators
  • sharing information about child protection and safe working practice with children and parents
  • providing effective management for festival staff

Parents’ responsibilities

  • Parents are required to ensure that their child(ren) enter our festival under the care of a responsible adult. 

In Case of Concern

  • a private area will be made available when adjudicating footage and preparing sections after entries have come in and no viewing of any child or performance will be seen outside of the festival office
  • screen shot photos may be taken by the official festival photographer of the winners and stored as festival archives to be used on the festival winners page (HALL OF FAME) for publicity purposes only.
  • where parents do not wish photos to be taken, then the responsible adult entering the children are responsible for ensuring that children are not to be included in judging line up headshot photos and HALL OF FAME screen shot photos.

The Festival will review this Policy each year.

The Festival’s Child Protection Policy and Safer Festivals Statement will be published explicitly on the Festival website. 

Each teacher, parent, guardian or carer must read, understand and accept this information in order to give consent for their children/pupils to enter the Festival by box ticking the appropriate section of the Festival Online Entry Form. 

Without consent the entry to the Festival cannot be accepted.