Kids Week is an audience development initiative organised by Society Of London Theatre (SOLT).
SOLT recognises the importance of protecting children (i.e. those under 18 and also vulnerable adults) who participate in Kids Week activities from harm. The purpose of Kids Week is to introduce children to theatre in a fun and stimulating way, but at all times in a safe environment.
SOLT co-ordinates the provision of Kids Week activities. All individuals involved in the provision and running of Kids Week activities are employed or engaged by other organisations. It is the responsibility of those other organisations to ensure that appropriate child protection policies and procedures are in place and adhered to in relation to the Kids Week activities they provide.
Given the nature of Kids Week activities SOLT believes the risk of abuse to be minimal, particularly since it is unusual for an adult to be alone with a child, the activities are of short duration and children are required to be accompanied by an adult at many of them. Nevertheless, SOLT has a number of safeguards in place to ensure that Kids Week is a positive experience for all involved.
- All children under eight are required to be accompanied by an adult at all times.
- All unaccompanied children who participate in a Kids Week activity are required to submit a registration form which must include written consent and a contact telephone number from their parent or guardian.
- All organisations are expected to provide at least one member of staff who has undergone a criminal record check (Disclosure And Barring Service) at their Kids Week activities. Where this is not practicable SOLT will, where possible, provide a supervisor who has undergone a criminal record check. In addition, SOLT provides at least 2 licenced chaperones at any event where parents or guardians are not present.
- All organisations providing Kids Week activities are made aware of SOLT’s child protection policy. SOLT expects them to adhere to the good practice guidelines set out in its policy.
If you would like a copy of SOLT’s full child protection policy, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and full address.