Soundbox Music Academy is committed to practices which protect children from harm.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Rob Gill
This policy applies to all staff
including the CEO, the founders and partners, paid staff, self employed teachers, freelancers, workshop leaders, volunteers, sessional workers, visiting artists, workshop leaders, students or anyone working on behalf of Soundbox Music Academy (Soundbox).
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and we expect everyone
at Soundbox to share this commitment.
We all have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and young people and to keep them safe and are committed to practice in a way that protects them.The purpose of this policy is:
• to protect children and young people who receive Soundbox’s services. This includes the
children of adults who use our services.
• to provide staff and volunteers with the overarching principles that guide our approach to
This policy has been drawn up on the basis of law and guidance that seeks to protect children,
• Children Act 1989
• United Convention of the Rights of the Child 1991
• Data Protection Act 1998
• Sexual Offences Act 2003
• Children Act 2004
• Protection of Freedoms Act 2012
• Relevant government guidance on safeguarding children
This policy should be read alongside our policies and procedures including:
• Code of Conduct | Teacher Guidelines (self-employed, workers) or Employee handbook
• Equal Opportunities
• Health and Safety
• Complaints procedures
• Safer Recruitment
We recognise that:
• the welfare of the child is paramount, as enshrined in the Children Act 1989.
• all children, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity, have a right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse.
• some children are additionally vulnerable because of the impact of previous experiences, their
level of dependency, communication needs or other issues.
• working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, carers and other agencies is
essential in promoting young people’s welfare.
We will seek to keep children and young people safe by:
• valuing them, listening to and respecting them.
• adopting child protection practices through procedures and a code of conduct for staff and
• developing and implementing an effective e-safety policy and related procedures.
• providing effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision, support and
• recruiting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made (DBS).
• sharing information about child protection and good practice with children, parents, staff and
• sharing concerns with agencies who need to know, and involving parents and children
Please ask for a printed copy of our safeguarding policy