Safeguarding Policy

Children, young people and adults at risk of harm occupy a central place within the theatre and our work and we are committed to ensuring their safety. We strongly believe that they have the right to be treated fairly, justly and have the right to freedom from abuse and harm.  

  • We recognise our responsibility and duty to safeguard all children, young people and adults at risk of harm, taking part in the activities and services that we deliver and we are committed to the provision of a safe environment; 
     
  • We believe strongly that all children, young people and adults at risk of harm have a right to protection regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexuality or religion and that this protection should be responsive to their needs and requirements;  
     
  • We are committed to the protection of vulnerable groups and will ensure this through good practice and by following the YAT Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy;   
     
  • We will take all suspicions and allegations of abuse and poor practice seriously and will respond swiftly and appropriately;  
     
  • We will not tolerate bullying. Incidents of bullying will be investigated and treated seriously;
     
  • 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.  

Our safeguarding policy applies to all Yvonne Arnaud Theatre staff, including those who work on a volunteer and freelance basis; members of visiting theatre companies and the theatre’s Board of Trustees.   

If you are concerned about the safety of a child or young person while you are at the theatre please contact the theatre’s Designated Safeguarding Officer: Rhiannon Fisher  

Email:  rfisher@yvonne-arnaud.co.uk  

Phone: 01483 443924