Academi aims to safeguard the welfare of children and young people whilst attending or participating in the literary arts. Academi is committed to good practice which protects children and young people from harm. In addition, Academi will provide clear guidance to its partners and clients on actions they should take, if they have concerns about the safety of children and young people.
Academi has its own in-house Child Protection Policy that complies with the requirements which the Arts Council of Wales places on its clients throughout Wales. Copies of this Policy are available on request.
With particular regard to Academi’s funding schemes, the main points are as follows:
- When the Academi sends its event confirmation letter to writers, a passage is included which draws writers’ attention to the fact that organisers may seek to run formal police checks on their suitability for particular projects and events.
- The scheme paperwork requires organisers to sign an agreement which, among other matters, affirms that they are satisfied that the writer they have booked is an appropriate choice if the event involves children or young people.
Organisers must remember that, under the terms of Academi’s schemes, the event belongs to the organisation arranging it and it is their responsibility to ensure that only appropriate writers are engaged. Similarly, Academi takes responsibility for its own directly organised events.
Please click here for information on the Independent Safeguarding Authority and the Vetting and Barring Scheme. In 2009, the UK government announced plans to introduce this completely new vetting and barring scheme for anyone working with children or vulnerable adults.
However, please note that it was announced in June 2010 that this new scheme has been cancelled and will be "fundamentally remodelled" by the new UK government. Click here for more information.