At The Dock we adhere to the ‘Children First National Guidelines for the Protection and Welfare of Children’ by having and implementing child protection policies and procedures.
Parents, guardians and teachers
When visiting The Dock, children are expected to be in the care of a parent/guardian or teacher. It is normal practice that a Dock staff member will be present at all workshops, events and performances. For public workshops/events where parents are leaving the building we would ask they leave a contact telephone number with Box Office if they need to be contacted for any reason. Parents/guardians or teachers must accompany children under six years old to all public workshops/events. For school groups teachers must accompany schools pupils and remain in attendance at all times and adhere to their school's or creche's off-site Child Protection Policy.
- Please talk to us if you have any concerns.
- Co-operate with staff (leaders) in ensuring children and young people are safe.
- Drop off and collect children and young people on time.
- The Dock has a number of public spaces, we ask that you dont leave children unattended.
- Please let us know in advance of any health or behavioural issues with your students that may affect children’s overall experiences here.
- Give us contact details and let us know who will collect children and young people.
- Please feel free to talk to us if you would like more information or if at any time you have any concerns about a child or young person.
Staff/ Volunteers/ Artists
In order to ensure mutual protection, staff/volunteers/interns/artists will be made familiar with The Docks Protection Policy and Procedures, Code of Behaviour and Health and Safety guidelines in relation to participation in children and young people’s activities.
We are committed to providing a safe environment for children and young people. Children’s welfare and safety is our top priority. We comply with Children First: National Guidelines for Child Protection and Welfare. To help us achieve this, we have a Child Protection Policy and Procedures which guide our work. We have:
- A code of behaviour for staff and volunteers.
- A safe recruitment policy.
- A Designated Person, who looks after child protection concerns.
- A confidentiality policy.
- A complaints policy.
- An accidents and incidents reporting policy.
Thank you for taking the time to read this information.