The Lytham Performing Arts Festival (the Festival) is affiliated to the British and International Federation for Music, Dance and Speech (the Federation ) whose policy forms the basis for this Policy.

In this Policy the following definitions will apply

  • Children: anyone under 18 years and to include vulnerable adults
  • Parents : to include guardians and carers of children and vulnerable adults

The Federation and our Festival are committed to ensuring safe environments for children and young people and believe that it is unacceptable for a child or young person to experience abuse of any kind. We recognise our responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children, young people and vulnerable adults by a commitment to recommended best practice which protects them.

This Policy applies to our Board of Trustees, adjudicators, accompanists, volunteers and any one working on behalf of the Festival.

We recognise that:

  • the welfare of the child /young person is paramount
  • all children, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity, have the right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse
  • working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare.

The Purpose of the Policy

  • to provide protection for the children and young people who participate in our festivals, including the children of festival members
  • to provide staff and volunteers with guidance on procedures they should adopt in the event that they suspect a child or young person may be experiencing, or be at risk of harm.

We will seek to safeguard children and young people by:

  • valuing them, listening to and respecting them
  • appointing a Federation Head of Safeguarding, and, for each festival, at least one Federation Safeguarding Officer
  • adopting child protection guidelines through procedures and safe working practice for staff and volunteers
  • working within the legislation and guidance that specifically addresses the needs of young performers (specifically the Children and Young People Acts 1933 & 1963, and the Children (Performance and Activities) (England) Regulations 2014 
  •  adopting a safe and balanced approach to the issue of creating and using photography and images of children and young people at our festivals and in our communications  
  • recruiting staff and volunteers safely ensuring all necessary checks are made
  • sharing information about child protection and safe working practice with children, parents, staff and volunteers
  • sharing information about concerns with agencies who need to know, and involving parents and children appropriately
  • providing effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision, support and training.

Parents’ responsibilities

  • Parents are required to ensure that their child(ren), while travelling to, at or taking part in the Festival are under the care of a responsible adult. Festival volunteers are not allowed to do this
  • in particular public areas such as toilets, corridors and refreshment areas will not be supervised by Festival personal.

In Case of Concern

  • each Festival volunteer wearing a badge may be approached in case of a problem and the Child Protection Officer or his Deputy will be contactable
  • all problems will be taken seriously and will be documented and dated
  • a private area will be made available where any concerns may be expressed.
    Photographs, Videotapes and Press Photography
  • the use of audio or visual equipment is strictly forbidden. Persons in charge of such equipment may be refused entry to the Festival
  • photos may be taken by the official photographer and stored as Festival archives to be used at a future date for publicity purposes
  • where parents do not wish photos to be taken, then the responsible adult attending with children are responsible for ensuring that children are not included in press photos.

The Federation will review this policy each year in line with NSPCC guidance or sooner in light of any changes in legislation or guidance.

Take a look inside our festival...



Our Festival was founded 1901 and each year offers a platform for hundreds of amateur musicians, actors and dancers in and around the Lancashire area to perform in front of an audience and benefit from expert critical advice.
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The speech and drama section comprises two parts; dramatic skills and the spoken word. Most classes are divided into age categories so competitors will be performing with people of a similar age.
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Through our Dance Festival we hope to advance the education of the public in the performance, appreciation and the practice of the Art of Dance.
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