Child Safeguarding Statement

SMASHING TIMES THEATRE COMPANY LTD. CHILD SAFEGUARDING STATEMENT

Organisation: Smashing Times Theatre and Film Company

Location: Coleraine House, Coleraine St, Dublin 7

Reg. Charity No. : CHY 11932

No. of Staff: 2 Full Time
                       3 Part Time
                        Various Contractors, Facilitators and Artists.

Smashing Times is a professional theatre and film company involved in performance, training, and participation. The work of the company is underpinned by a rights-based approach and a commitment to artistic excellence and social engagement.

This statement has been written with due regard to the Children First: National Guidance and any other child protection guidelines issued by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, or any guidelines issued by Tusla concerning Child Safeguarding Statements under section 11(4) of the Children First Act 2015.

Services we provide

As part of our work, Smashing Times provides workshops, performances and post-show discussion for schools, hard-to-reach groups and vulnerable adults to promote gender equality, human rights, positive mental health, suicide awareness, remembrance, anti-racism and anti-discrimination in all forms.

As part of our workshops, performances and post-show discussions we engage with our participants in drama games, discussions and asking them questions about gender equality, human rights, positive mental health, suicide awareness, remembrance, anti-racism and anti-discrimination in all forms.

Workshops

Within all our workshops, participants are encouraged to participate fully with every exercise and game. Every participant is encouraged to push boundaries and step of out of their comfort zone to challenge their own personal walls and barriers as well as external conflicts like racism, sexism and all other kind of discrimination. The workshops however are run with a strict policy of care, consideration and with a safe space structure to to make sure every participant feels comfortable.

Performances

Each performance we have is followed by a post-show panel to open up discussions about the themes within the play and how they relate to today. This discussion with the panel members and all the members of our audience centres around human rights, gender equality and remembrance and often the incredible stories portrayed that are based on true events. These discussions are chaired by experienced professionals and the panel can be made up of councillors, trained artists and members of relevant and influential organisations. These discussion are conducted fairly by our trained staff in a secure environment to make sure every voice is heard.

Age groups

Our participants range from young secondary school students from the age of 14 years old up to old age pensioners. Our audiences and participants of our events changes from project to project, with particular focus on schools, colleges, hard-to-reach groups and community groups as well as the general public.

Risk Assessment

See below a table of the possible risks for Children and other vulnerable adults while attending or participating in one of our events.

RISK Type of risks that may occur during one of our events to our participants LIKELIHOOD On a scale of 1 to 5, 1 being unlikely and 5 being very likely. PREVENTATIVE MEASURES The measures we have taken to prevent the presented risks
     
Injury by tripping, falling or slipping 2 – This may occur during participative drama workshops – A suitable venue with enough room for the level of physical work is chosen, free from furniture and obstacles that are not needed or hazardous.

– Trained facilitators are employed to run the workshop who will guide the participants through the exercises to prevent injury.

– A set of rules is established before the workshop to make the participants aware of any hazards and present risk of injury.

– Knowledge of first aid supplies and appropriate contact with school or organisation safety representative is established before the workshop begins.

Injury caused by another participant 1 – This may occur during participative drama workshops – Set of rules is established to make all participants aware of the risk and ensure respect and tolerance is shown through-out the workshop.

– A trained facilitator is employed with experience and knowledge of how to prevent any possible abuse from fellow participants.  

– A zero tolerance policy on participants who show physical violence wilfully towards other members and a guarantee that they will no longer be permitted to participate if their actions continue.

– Contact made within the school or organisation of anyone who is vulnerable to physical violence from another participant before the workshop begins.

– Contact made within the school or organisation of anyone who is vulnerable to accidentally or wilfully causing injury on other participant before the workshop begins.

Injury caused by a facilitator or workshop chairperson 1 – This may occur during a participative workshop – Set of rules is established to make all participants aware of the risk and ensure respect and tolerance is shown which must be adhered to by the facilitator as well.

– Training provided to contracted facilitators before the workshop to prevent reckless movement or accidental injury.

– Strict policy on reviewing their positon within the company if facilitator is seen to be wilfully causing injury or violence towards a participant where immediate action is to be taken.

– Strict policy in place to ensure no facilitator, contractors and artists working with the company is left alone with one or more participants of the workshops.

Bullying, heckling and emotional abuse by another participant 1 – This may occur during our workshops or post-show discussions – Set of rules is established to make all participants aware of our zero tolerance policy on bullying or emotional abuse before the workshop begins.

– A zero tolerance policy on bullying or emotional abuse of any kind during the workshop or post-show discussion, with a guarantee that they will no longer be permitted to participate if their actions continue.

– Trained facilitators and chairperson who is skilled at steering each exercise or question during the event away from personally negative comments or subjects.

– Contact within school or building where workshop is taking place to refer to if participant is not willing to cooperate with anti-bullying rules.

Bullying, heckling and emotional abuse by facilitator or workshop chairperson 1 – This may occur during our workshops or post-show discussions – Set of rules is established to make all participants aware of our zero tolerance policy on bullying or emotional abuse before the workshop begins.

– A zero tolerance policy on bullying or emotional abuse of any kind during the workshop or post-show discussion, with a procedure in place to deal with this if it occurs.

– Training provided to contracted facilitators before the workshop to prevent lack of tack and ensure anti-bullying awareness.

– Strict policy on reviewing their positon within the company if facilitator is seen to be wilfully bullying or emotionally abusing a participant where immediate action is to be taken.

– Strict policy in place to ensure no facilitator, contractors and artists working with the company is left alone with one or more participants of the workshops.

Emotional upset, anxiety or shock 3 – This may occur during positive mental health and suicide awareness workshops, or workshops and performances dealing with past social conflict. – Trained facilitators who have the correct skills to deal with sensitives subjects with young people.

– Relevant representatives present at all times during post-show discussion and performances e.g. trained psychotherapist and representatives from Samaritans.

– Strict procedure to ensure a safe-space environment during the workshops and post show discussion to allow participants to feel comfortable while discussing sensitive material.

– Contact made within the school or organisation to refer any participant who feels upset or affected by the sensitive material being discussed.

– Appropriate procedures in place to refer any participant to the school or organisation should our trained staff feel they are affected by any sensitive material discussed.

 

Procedures Our Child Safeguarding Statement has been developed in line with requirements under the Children First Act 2015, the Children First: National Guidance, and Tusla’s Child Safeguarding: A Guide for Policy, Procedure and Practice. In addition to the procedures listed in our risk assessment, the following procedures support our intention to safeguard children while they are availing of our service:

  • Procedure for the management of allegations of abuse or misconduct against workers/volunteers of a child availing of our service
  • Procedure for the safe recruitment and selection of workers and volunteers to work with children
  • Procedure for provision of and access to child safeguarding training and information, including the identification of the occurrence of harm
  • Procedure for the reporting of child protection or welfare concerns to Tusla
  • Procedure for maintaining a list of the persons (if any) in the relevant service who are mandated persons
  • Procedure for appointing a relevant person

All procedures listed are available upon request.

We recognise that implementation is an ongoing process. Our service is committed to the implementation of this Child Safeguarding Statement and the procedures that support our intention to keep children safe from harm while availing of our service. This Child Safeguarding Statement will be reviewed on, or as soon as practicable after there has been a material change in any matter to which the statement refers.

Signed:

 

Freda Manweiler

For queries, please contact Relevant Person under the Children First Act 2015.

Contact: Freda Manweiler, Company Manager

Smashing Times Theatre and Film Company Ltd

Coleraine House, Coleraine Street, Dublin 7, Ireland

Tel: + 353 (0) 1 865 6613 / + 353 (0) 87 221 4245

Email:    freda@smashingtimes.ie

Website: www.smashingtimes.ie

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