National Youth Theatre of Great Britain has a duty of care to safeguard from harm all children and young people with whom it interacts. Children and young people occupy a central place within NYT and our work.
We strongly believe that all children and young people have the right to be treated fairly, justly and have the right to freedom from abuse and harm.
Our safeguarding policy details the legal requirements, organisational procedures and best practice as applicable to all staff. This policy applies to all NYT staff, including those who work on a volunteer and freelance basis as well as NYT’s Board of Trustees. Our policy ensures that all our staff and volunteers are carefully selected and vetted, have the relevant qualifications and experience, and accept responsibility for helping to prevent the abuse of children and young people in their care.
We aim to offer comprehensive advice to NYT staff members and freelance artists with regards to legal requirements and good practice. All suspicions and allegations of abuse and poor practice will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.
We have procedures in place to address poor practice, and to help any child/young person who appears to be at risk, or who appears to be a victim of abuse. We will offer help and support when a child/young person tells us that they are affected by these issues.
We will work extensively with external agencies such as the NSPCC and the police to ensure, as far as possible, that children and young people are protected. We will not tolerate bullying. Incidents of bullying will be investigated and treated seriously. Action will be taken to stop the bullying.