We believe that: All children, young people and adults at risk have an equal right to protection from abuse and neglect, regardless of their age, ability, gender, disability, nationality, faith, racial heritage, sexual orientation, identity or any other additional vulnerability.

Everyone has a role to play in safeguarding children, young people and adults at risk.

It is the responsibility of everyone to act if there is cause for concern about the welfare of a child, young person or adult at risk. It is not their responsibility to determine if abuse has occurred or what protective action is required. The responsibility for deciding whether to escalate a concern to the appropriate authority sits with Britten Pears Arts’ designated safeguarding staff or the designated safeguarding staff in organisations where we are working in a partnership or a hire arrangement.

If you identify a safeguarding concern which is not immediately life-threatening or does not immediately present a high risk of serious harm (in which case you’d phone 999), you must speak to Britten Pears Arts’ Designated Safeguarding Officer (DSO) about your concern and determine together if it is a safeguarding concern. This should be done on the same day that you identify the concern.

DSO contact phone number: 07851 246376