Safeguarding Policy

Gameshow Safeguarding Policy

 

This policy includes Who’s who, Safeguarding statement, Physical contact, Working with young people and vulnerable adults, Disciplinary procedure, Definitions and Contacts.

 

Who’s who

 

Gameshow’s Directors are Matt Ryan and Matthew Evans

Gameshow’s Safeguarding Director is Matt Ryan

 

Safeguarding statement

 

Gameshow wants to ensure the safety and welfare of everyone involved in any way with the company’s projects.  Everyone should be protected from discrimination and abuse of any kind.  All safeguarding concerns and allegations of discrimination or abuse should be treated seriously.  

 

Everyone involved with Gameshow’s projects shares a responsibility to take care of each other.  We encourage everyone to observe and challenge discrimination or abuse of any kind in themselves and others.  Any concerns or allegations 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, appropriate charities 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 that makes them feel uncomfortable.  Relationships between people involved in Gameshow’s projects must not risk an abuse of trust.  

 

Physical contact

 

No one involved with Gameshow’s projects should make unexpected physical contact with anyone else.  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).

 

Disciplinary procedure

 

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 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.   

 

Definitions

 

The words ‘discrimination’ and ‘abuse’ can refer to a range of overlapping attitudes and actions, including but not limited to those outlined below.  

 

What is meant by ‘discrimination’?

 

Discrimination concerns aspects of personal identity including age, appearance, class, disability, gender, physical health, mental health, race, religion and sexuality.  Ableism, ageism, classism, homophobia, racism, religious intolerance, sexism and transphobia are some examples of discrimination.

 

Direct discrimination includes treating someone less favourably because of one or more aspect of their identity.  Indirect discrimination includes making arrangements that apply to everyone, but that put some people at an unfair disadvantage because of one or more aspect of their identity.

 

What is meant by ‘abuse’?

 

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.

 

Contacts

 

Matt Ryan (Gameshow’s Safeguarding Director)

matt@gameshow.org.uk / 07505408591

 

Matthew Evans (Gameshow Director)

matthew@gameshow.org.uk / 07775618352

 

Crimestoppers (charity)

Report your concerns anonymously 

www.crimestoppers-uk.org / 0800 555 111 

 

Samaritans (charity)

For anyone who needs someone to listen without judgement or pressure

www.samaritans.org / 116 123

 

Police

999 (emergency)

101 (non-emergency)

 

Policy updated June 2020

 

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