Safeguarding Statement
Navan Choral and Instrumental Festival 2021

Who we are:
We are Navan Choral & Instrument Festival, which is our company name. Our address and contact details are 1, Oakleigh, Balreask, Navan, Co. Meath.| Website:
We host the Navan Choral & Instrumental Festival each year in May.

Nature of Service:
Navan Choral & Instrumental Festival hosts choral and solo competitions annually in May. The Festival aims to promote and celebrate musical excellence and quality performances, while providing artistic encouragement to all the participants. Each choir/solo performer is accompanied to the competition, and under the supervision and care of their teacher/parent/guardian/choir director for the duration of the competition.
The competitions provide an opportunity for participants, in a friendly and supportive environment to showcase their talent and improve their standard of performance. Adjudicators provide constructive feedback and written commentary to all choirs and soloists to encourage and advance their musical growth.

Principles to Safeguard Children.
It is the role of Navan Choral & Instrumental Festival organising committee and volunteers to provide a safe environment and to promote the safety of children and young adults participating in the Festival competitions. Our policy applies to all committee members and volunteers and we will review our policy and child safeguarding procedures every two years or sooner if necessary due to service issues or changes in legislation or national policy.

Risk Assessment
We have carried out an assessment of any potential for harm to a child while availing of our services. Below is a list of the areas of risk identified and the list of procedures for managing these risks:
Piano Competitions, Instrumental Competitions, Solo Singing Competitions, Primary School Choir Competitions, Post Primary School /Youth Competitions.

Procedures in place to minimise risk:
The attention of all committee members/volunteers is drawn to the following:

Committee members /Volunteers have been offered appropriate Child Safeguarding Training.

Committee members/Volunteers all wear Navan Choral & Instrumental identifying badges

Ensure that there are always an adequate number of adults present at all competitions…at least two at all times and mixed gender.

Act in an open and visible manner. When privacy is required, refer the matter to the parent/teacher/guardian /choir director accompanying the young person at the competition.

Be aware of what is appropriate physical contact. Do not engage in “horseplay” or “fun activities” with children or young adults, as this could lead to a suggestion of inappropriate touching.

Keep conversations with children/young adults at an appropriate level. Never become over involved with any one young person. Avoid jokes of a sexual nature.

Our Child Safeguarding Policy has been developed in line with requirements under the Children First Act 2015, Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children (2017), and Tusla’s Child Safeguarding: A Guide for Policy, Procedure and Practice.

We recognise that implementation is an on-going process. Navan Choral & Instrumental Festival 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.

Contact Details:
Our Designation Liaison Person is: -Ernest McBride  Mobile: 087 2443739
Our Deputy Designated Liaison Person is: – Marie Mullooly – Mobile 086 8569802
Navan Gardai : 046 9036100
Meath Duty Social Work team – 046 9097870