Chapel & Choirs Safeguarding Policy
St John's College, Cambridge: Chapel & Choirs Department Safeguarding and Child Protection Statement in respect of the Choristers and Probationers
Reviewed February 2023
The Chapel & Choirs Department Safeguarding Policy is separate from St John’s College Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults 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 and the Education and Training (Welfare of Children) Act 2021 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 & Choirs 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 (September 2022), 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 and Child Protection matters within the Chapel & Choirs Department is the Dean of Chapel.
The College will work closely with St John’s College School to ensure that the Choristers and Probationers 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 & Choirs Department will adopt and follow the terms of St John’s College School Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy insofar as it relates to the Choristers and Probationers when involved in activities with the Choir.