Glos Folk
Child & Vulnerable Adult Protection Policy
Glos Folk believes that the safety of children, young people, and vulnerable adults is paramount on all occasions.  Glos Folk will take all reasonable steps to ensure the safety of all children,young people, and vulnerable adults involved in the activities of Glos Folk.

Glos Folk is committed to protecting children, young people, and vulnerable adults from the following:
Harm
• Injury
• Abduction
• Attack
• Emotional distress
Abuse
• Verbal
• Physical
• Sexual
• Bullying
Exposure to inappropriate 
• Attitudes
• Language
• Materials
• Actions
Glos Folk is committed to ensuring all possible situations in which children, young people, and vulnerable adults are involved with them are risk assessed to ascertain the level of risk involved.  Glos Folk will endeavour to establish suitable control measures to reduce risks to acceptable levels.  All members of Glos Folk have a responsibility to be aware of this policy, any risk assessments and control measures in place in any situation in which children, young people, and vulnerable adults are involved.
This child protection policy will be available for all participants and interested parties for inspection.
Protecting children from harm and abuse.
Venues will have
• Adequate heating, lighting and ventilation
• Access to toilets and running water
• Clearly labelled exits and fire exits
• A No Smoking policy during all Glos Folk events that involve children, young people, and vulnerable adults
• Appropriate safety glass, handrails and non-slip floors
• Suitable levels of adult supervision at all times
• Suitable furniture for the age of the young people present.
• Clear arrangements around young people leaving the building
Activities
• Age guidelines will be defined for all activities
• Each activity will have an agreed maximum number of children
• Glos Folk seeks to encourage children, young people, and vulnerable adults of all levels of ability to join in their activities in a safe manner
Adult supervision
• People working with children, young people, and vulnerable adults will not be under the influence of alcohol or drugs
• Glos Folk will ensure that arrangements for dealing with minor first aid needs and more major injuries are clear to all members of Glos Folk
• No single adult will be left in charge of children
• No child under 8 will be left alone at any time; children under the age of 10 should not be left alone except in using the toilet.
• Child will not be allowed to leave the event without the express permission of a parent.
• All members of Glos Folk will be aware that unnecessary touching of young people is inappropriate.
• All those working with children, young people, and vulnerable adults will be briefed on the child & vulnerable adult protection policy

Behaviour management of children
• Corporal sanctions (smacking, slapping, shaking) are not acceptable in any circumstances
• Sanctions that threaten, frighten or humiliate children, young people, and vulnerable adults are not acceptable
• Bullying or threatening behaviour between children will not be tolerated
• Glos Folk will not accept disruptive or unruly behaviour from any child, which spoils the enjoyment of others.
• Decisions regarding the behaviour management of children regularly involved in Glos Folk activities will be discussed at ‘notices’ and a consensus reached. 

Protection from sexual abuse
Glos Folk is totally committed to protecting young people of all ages from sexual abuse by any adult.
• No single adult will be left in charge of children.
• If any person reports any incident of inappropriate or unacceptable behaviour towards any child Glos Folk is committed to taking immediate and appropriate action to ensure the safety of any children present and, if the behaviour warrants it, to report the matter to the authorities.
• Glos Folk will try to be aware of the members who have had a DBS clearance in the preceding three years.  Glos Folk will endeavour to ensure that one DBS cleared member is present at all activities when children, young people, and vulnerable adults are involved.
Protection from inappropriate behaviour, language and materials
• All members of Glos Folk will refrain from the use of swear words, lewd actions or making inappropriate references to sexual or illegal activities.
• All members will avoid racist and sexist attitudes and comments.
• When children, young people, and vulnerable adults are involved in any Glos Folk activity the use of sarcasm or overt criticism directed at children will be avoided.
Review and monitoring of this policy
An item ‘Child & Vulnerable Adult Protection policy’ will be added to the agenda of the Glos Folk AGM each year, to allow a review and discussion of the working of this policy if needed and for changes to be made to it.
Responsible Officer
An officer of Glos Folk will be appointed as ‘Child & Vulnerable Adult Protection Officer’ by the Committee each year with the responsibility of reviewing the policy and recommending changes in the light of legislation, developing good practice, and experience.







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