Chapel & Choir Safeguarding Policy

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St John's College, Cambridge: Chapel & Choir Department Safeguarding and Child Protection Statement in respect of the Choristers and Probationers

Reviewed July 2018

The Chapel & Choir Department Safeguarding Policy is separate from St John’s College Children and Vulnerable Adults Safeguarding Policy, and relates to activities within the Chapel & Choir Department only.  

St John’s College fully recognises the responsibility it has under section 157 of the Education Act 2002 to have arrangements in place to safeguard and promote the welfare of the Choristers and Probationers who sing in the College Choir.  With regard to the provisions we make for safeguarding and safer recruitment within the Chapel & Choir Department, the College takes into account the nature and age range of the Choristers and Probationers, and other significant features relating to their activities with the College Choir.   

In line with Keeping Children Safe in Education (Sept 2018), safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined for the purposes of this policy as: “protecting children from maltreatment; preventing impairment of children’s health or development; ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.”

The College Officer with responsibility for Safeguarding matters within the Chapel & Choir Department is the Dean of Chapel.  The Dean of Chapel is an ex-officio Governor of St John’s College School.  The Chaplain is also a Governor of St John’s College School, with special responsibility for Welfare and Prevent.

The College will work closely with St John’s College School to ensure that the children feel secure whilst in our care and that they feel able to talk about any concerns they may have and that they will be listened to. 

The Chapel & Choir Department will adopt and follow the terms of St John’s College School Policy insofar as it relates to the Choristers and Probationers when involved in activities with the Choir.

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