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Thursday, 04 December 2014

New guide to child protection in the arts

Written by The Editorial Team

A new guide on child protection for individuals and organisations involved in delivering artistic, cultural and creative projects for children and young people has been published.

Creating Safety provides guidance on child protection for individuals and organisations involved in delivering projects in Scotland.

You may be an individual freelancer working with children, or a small, medium or large-sized organisation or company employing staff and volunteers to work with children. The work may be a once-off activity, or a project that will run indefinitely.

Whatever the context, the overall aim will be to create the safest possible environment for children, where they can: feel safe and comfortable; are treated equitably and with respect; and where they are given freedom to have fun and develop their independence and creativity.

Creating Safety has been revised and updated to reflect important changes in legislation and policy. This version is consistent (on publication in November 2014) with the National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland, and Disclosure Scotland and the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme.

It is also consistent with changes in approaches to child protection over recent years, which have evolved to ensure that focus on minimising risk does not mean that children miss out on enjoying the healthy range of opportunities that are so important for their development.

To download the guide, visit: http://www.creativescotland.com/__data/assets/pdf_file/0016/21373/Creating-Safety-2014.pdf