The Association of Ringing Teachers (ART) was formed in March 2012 to develop and support the delivery, integrity, and standards in the teaching, instruction and education in the art of change ringing.
This Policy will assist the Association and its members and volunteers to comply with all necessary legal practices and codes of conduct around safeguarding children and vulnerable adults.
The policy and codes of conduct refer to the training and accreditation of volunteers, organising and training of mixed age groups in the art of bell handling and change ringing, recruitment, demonstrations, events and running youth groups – all occasions arranged by ART or where members are involved.
The role of teachers and some officers of ART will bring them into direct contact with or have access to personal information about children and vulnerable adults. ART acknowledges its duty of care under the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act
2006, and The Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007, to ensure the protection of young people and vulnerable adults from physical, sexual or emotional abuse.
Child – person under the age of 18
Vulnerable Adult – person over the age of 18 who has a temporary or permanent sensory or physical disability, a learning disability, an addiction to alcohol or drugs, or some other physical, mental or emotional frailty.
The Association shall:
1. Encourage a safe, caring philosophy and make available training for members to help develop a culture of “informed vigilance” as to the dangers of abuse.
2. Comply fully with the Vetting & Barring Scheme Codes of Practice and with all relevant legislation regarding the protection of young people and vulnerable adults, and the handling of Disclosure information. (Including Scottish, N.I. and other equivalents)
3. Respond immediately and where necessary refer to statutory agencies in the event of any incident of suspected or actual abuse of young people or vulnerable adults.
4. Establish and maintain policies/codes of practice/guidelines for members.
5. Communicate this policy and code of practice to all members of the Association
6. Periodically review this policy to ensure that it reflects any changes in best practice, legal requirements or Association procedures.
NSPCC Helpline 0808 800 5000
ChildLine 24‐hour helpline, tel. 0800 1111
Kidscape (anti‐bullying), tel. 0207 730 3300
Graham Nabb (ART) ‐ tel. 07974 743766
ART will operate appropriate procedures for membership and training.
Last Modified: May 2014
Last Reviewed: May 2017