If you work with Upstage Lab please read the full policy before any contact with one of our students.
Children and young people occupy a central place within Upstage Lab and our work. We strongly believe that all children and young people have the right to be treated fairly, justly and have the right to freedom from abuse and harm.
This policy details the legal requirements, organisational procedures and best practice as applicable to all staff. This policy applies to all Upstage Lab staff, including those who work on a volunteer and freelance basis as well as Upstage Lab’s Board .
Our policy ensures that all our staff and volunteers are carefully selected and vetted, have the relevant qualifications and experience, and accept responsibility for helping to prevent the abuse of children and young people in their care.
We aim to offer comprehensive advice to Upstage Lab staff members and freelance artists with regards to legal requirements and good practice.
All suspicions and allegations of abuse and poor practice will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.
We have procedures in place to address poor practice, and to help any child/young person who appears to be at risk, or who appears to be a victim of abuse. We will offer help and support when a child/young person tells us that they are affected by these issues. We will work extensively with external agencies such as the NSPCC and the police to ensure as far as possible that children and young people are protected.