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Child Protection policy 

Portishead Players and Portishead Young Players (‘The society’) recognises its duty of care under the
Children and Young Persons Act 1963, the Child (Performances) Regulations 1968, the Protection of
Children Act 1999 and the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000. The society recognises that abuse can take many forms, whether it be physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse or neglect.
The society is committed to practice which protects children from harm. All members of the society
accept and recognise their responsibilities to develop awareness of the issues which cause children
The society believes that:
• The welfare of the child is paramount.
• All children, whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious beliefs
and/or sexual identity have the right to protection from abuse.
• All suspicions and allegations of abuse should be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and
• All members and employees of the society should be clear on how to respond appropriately (as
documented in Child Protection Procedures)
The society will ensure that:
• All children will be treated equally and with respect and dignity.
• The duty of care to children will always be put first.
• A balanced relationship based on mutual trust will be built which empowers the children to share
in the decision-making process.
• Enthusiastic and constructive feedback will be given rather than negative criticism.
• Bullying will not be accepted or condoned.
• All adult members of the society provide a positive role model for dealing with other people.
• Action will be taken to stop any inappropriate verbal or physical behaviour.
• It will keep up-to-date with health & safety legislation.
• It will keep informed of changes in legislation and policies for the protection of children.
• The Child Protection Officer will undertake relevant development and training.
• The society will hold a register of every child involved with the society and will retain a contact
name and number close at hand in case of emergencies.
The society has child protection procedures which accompany this policy.
The society has a dedicated Child Protection Officer, who is in charge of ensuring that the child
protection policy and procedures are adhered to.
That person’s name is Suzanne Salter-Brown
and he/she can be contacted on 07504455838

This policy will be regularly monitored by the Executive Committee of the society and will be subject
to annual review.
Date: January 2019
Reviewed: Jan 2020
Reviewed: March 2022
Reviewed: Feb 2023

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