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 There has been a lot of media coverage on the recent reports of the serious safeguarding issues that have been identified within the charity aid sector, both in the UK and across the world. On the 5th and 6th March the government held summit meetings to look at the issues, concerns and actions that must be taken to ensure that all who are working in this important and vital sector are selected, trained and supported following strict guidelines, policies and procedures. When concerns are raised, protocols within all countries must guarantee the vulnerable are protected, and those who deliberate set out to abuse the trust placed in them are dealt with appropriately.

With this in mind, there are two key Charity Commission papers every charity should read:

Safeguarding children and young people policy paper 2014.

Strategy for dealing with safeguarding issues in charities updated 2017.

Each paper clearly spells out charities safeguarding arrangements in the UK and abroad.

Safeguarding in the performing arts

The NSPCC has updated its website to include advice on keeping children safe in music, drama, dance, television and theatre. The advice covers making the environment as safe as possible for children and young people; ensuring children are properly supervised by the right people; and following the relevant legislation and guidance for child performers. The NSPCC is developing a new online training course for protecting children in the entertainment industry.

NSPCC Safeguarding in the performing arts

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