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DRESS  REHEARSAL for THE APOLLO PLAYERS first ever production of SOUTH PACIFIC.  Featuring  Bill Denniston & Morna Carnichael  as Emile and Nellie

The bare chested male on the right of the picture is Tony Roper  Scottish Icon and writer of THE STEAMIE

Child Protection Policy

Protecting and caring for all children

The normal age for Apollo Players full adult membership is 16. Many of our productions however feature children and, if so, any age / height restriction will be advised at auditions.

Where children are involved, we have a Matron and numerous disclosured Chaperones available during rehearsals and performances. The Apollo Players also have a Child Protection Officer and 12 members who have been Disclosure checked. Licences may have to be applied for from the Local Authority Education Department, and advice to parents / guardians will be given if this is the case.

Any questions which you may have related to the Child Protection Policy, please contact our Child Protection Officer, Laura Steven.

The Apollo Players recognises its duty of care under the Children and Young Persons Act 1963, the Child (Performances) Regulations 1968, the Protection of Children Act 1999 and the Protection of Children (Scotland) Act 2003. The Society recognises that abuse can take many forms, whether it be physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse or neglect. The Society is committed to practice which protects children from harm. All members of the Society accept and recognise their responsibilities to develop awareness of the issues which cause children harm.

The Society believes that:

  • The welfare of the child is paramount;

  • All children, whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious beliefs and/or sexual identity have the right to protection from abuse;

  • All suspicions and allegations of abuse should be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately;

  • All members and employees of the Society should be clear on how to respond appropriately.

The Society will ensure that:

  • All children will be treated equally and with respect and dignity;

  • The duty of care to children will always be put first;

  • A balanced relationship based on mutual trust will be built which empowers the children to share in the decision-making process;

  • Enthusiastic and constructive feedback will be given rather than negative criticism;

  • Bullying will not be accepted or condoned;

  • All adult members of the Society provide a positive role model for dealing with other people;

  • Action will be taken to stop any inappropriate verbal or physical behaviour;

  • It will keep up-to-date with Health and Safety legislation;

  • It will keep informed of changes in legislation and policies for the protection of children;

  • It will hold a register of every child involved with the Society and will retain a contact name and number close at hand in case of emergencies.

The Society has child protection procedures which accompany this policy. The Society has a dedicated Child Protection Officer, who is in charge of ensuring that the child protection policy and procedures are adhered to. Our Child Protection Officers are  Jordan Steven & Jackie Bryceland

This policy will be regularly monitored by the Directors of the Apollo Players and will be subject to annual review.

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