This policy includes:
Who’s who, Safeguarding statement, Working with young people and vulnerable adults, Disciplinary procedure, Definitions and Contacts.
Gameshow’s Directors are Matt Ryan and Matthew Evans
Gameshow’s Safeguarding Director is Matt Ryan
Gameshow wants to ensure the safety and welfare of everyone involved in any way with the company’s projects. Everyone should be protected from abuse of any kind. All safeguarding concerns and allegations of abuse should be treated seriously. The word ‘abuse’ can refer to physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse or neglect (see Definitions below).
Everyone involved with Gameshow’s projects shares a responsibility to take care of each other. We should all be vigilant of any sign of abuse. Any concerns or allegations of abuse must be reported as soon as possible to the Safeguarding Director. If the concerns or allegations relate to the Safeguarding Director, they should be reported to Gameshow Director Matthew Evans or the police (see Contacts below).
Everyone involved with Gameshow’s projects should respect everyone’s right to personal privacy. Everyone should be allowed to talk about any concerns they have. Everyone should feel encouraged to challenge attitudes and behaviour they makes them feel uncomfortable. Relationships between people involved in Gameshow’s projects must not risk an abuse of trust.
No one should make unexpected physical contact with anyone. When physical contact is necessary (eg. as part of an exercise), everyone should feel encouraged to set boundaries for the extent of contact that makes them comfortable. If anyone is injured during a Gameshow project, the Gameshow Director present (or stage manager) must make a written record of the injury. This record must be confirmed by the injured person’s signature (or their parent and/or carer).
Working with young people or vulnerable adults
During any Gameshow project:
- Young people and vulnerable adults should always be accompanied by an adult with a valid Disclosure & Barring Service check.
- No one should drink alcohol when accompanying young people or vulnerable adults.
- No one should make suggestive remarks or threats to young people or vulnerable adults even as a joke.
- No one should meet with a young person or vulnerable adult involved with the project unless by arrangement with their parent and/or carer (this also applies after the project).
If anyone’s actions during a Gameshow project are alleged to fall short of this policy, this procedure must be followed. Gameshow can enter this procedure at any of the steps below, depending on the severity of the alleged actions.
Step 1 – Verbal Warning
The person is given a verbal warning, which is is recorded in writing. The person’s account of their alleged actions is considered.
Step 2 – Written Warning
If the person’s actions continue to fall short of this policy, the person is given a written warning. This warning sets out in writing their alleged actions and invites them to meet with a Gameshow Director to discuss the situation.
Step 3 – Meeting
The person must attend a meeting with a Gameshow Director if reasonably possible. The person’s account of their alleged actions is considered. After the meeting Gameshow informs the person of any decision. The person can appeal against this decision.
Step 4 – Dismissal
If the person’s actions continue to fall short of this policy, they can be dismissed from the project.
‘Physical abuse’ includes hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning or misuse of medications, burning, scalding, drowning, suffocating or causing physical harm in any other way.
‘Emotional abuse’ is persistent bad treatment of a person with negative effects on that person’s emotional life. It can involve making the person feel that they are inadequate, worthless or unloved. It can involve causing the person to feel frightened or in danger.
‘Sexual abuse’ includes any sexual activity without consent. Sexual activity can involve physical contact or non-contact activities (eg. watching sexual activity or encouraging sexual behaviour). A person’s consent is given when they agree by choice, if they have the freedom and capacity to make that choice.
‘Neglect’ is the persistent failure to meet the physical or emotional needs of a young person or vulnerable adult. This can involve a parent or carer failing to provide suitable food, shelter or clothing; or failing to provide protection from physical harm or danger; or failing to provide access to appropriate medical care.
Gameshow’s Safeguarding Director
matt [at] gameshow.org.uk
Telephone number available on request
matthew [at] gameshow.org.uk
Telephone number available on request
Policy updated May 2018