OmniMusic: Children, Young People And Vulnerable Adults Safeguarding Policy


OmniMusic makes a positive contribution to a strong and safe community and recognises the right of every individual to stay safe.

This policy seeks to ensure that OmniMusic undertakes its responsibilities with regard to protection of children and / or vulnerable adults and will respond to concerns appropriately. The policy establishes a framework to support paid and unpaid staff in their practices and clarifies the organisation’s expectations. 

OmniMusic’s Safeguarding Policy will be reviewed by Trustees every two years, or when there are significant changes in legislation. 


Safeguarding is about embedding practices throughout the organisation to ensure the protection of children and / or vulnerable adults wherever possible. In contrast, child and adult protection is about responding to circumstances that arise. 

Abuse is a selfish act of oppression and injustice, exploitation and manipulation of power by those in a position of authority. This can be caused by those inflicting harm or those who fail to act to prevent harm. Abuse is not restricted to any socio-economic group, gender, race, age or culture. 

It can take a number of forms, including the following: 

Definition of a child: A child is under the age of 18 (as defined in the United Nations convention on the Rights of a Child). 

Definition of Vulnerable Adults: A vulnerable adult is a person aged 18 years or over who may be unable to take care of themselves or protect themselves from harm or from being exploited. This may include a person who: 


All staff (paid or unpaid) have responsibility to follow the guidance laid out in this policy and related policies, and to pass on any welfare concerns using the required procedures. 

We expect all staff (paid or unpaid) to promote good practice by being an excellent role model, contribute to discussions about safeguarding and to positively involve people in developing safe practices. 

The Trustees have responsibility to ensure the Safeguarding Policy is: 

In addition to this, the Trustee assigned as the Safeguarding Lead has responsibility to: 

Omnimusic staff, tutors and external partners

OmniMusic is committed to delivering music making activities where participants can take part in a safe environment, protected from abuse. To do this, we will: 

Any breach by staff and/or tutors not following these guidelines could result in disciplinary procedures or enactment of the allegation management procedure.

Online and remote delivery

Online and remote delivery enable us to deliver work when it may not be possible to deliver live workshops, and also to reach out to participants in remote or isolated places. This way of working does present new risks and challenges including the: 

When delivering work online, OmniMusic recognises that this is the equivalent of meeting them ‘face to face’ in a room, and therefore the same duty of care and appropriate behaviour detailed throughout this Safeguarding Policy should be adopted. In addition, the following steps will be taken to mitigate against potential risks specific to online and remote delivery: 

In situations where these guidelines cannot reasonably be met, OmniMusic staff have the right to remove individuals from the video call or online session. 

Reporting and allegation management procedure

The process outlined below details the stages involved in raising and reporting safeguarding concerns while staff or tutors are working for OmniMusic: 

  1. Listen to the allegation being made or safeguarding concern; ask questions only for clarification 
  2. Do not promise confidentiality; explain the reporting procedure and what you will do as a result of this 
  3. Communicate your concerns with a relevant senior member of staff on site; do not leave the premises without reporting what has happened 
  4. Make an accurate written record, detailing the concern or allegation 
  5. Contact OmniMusic staff or the Safeguarding Officer as soon as possible and provide a full account of what has occurred 
  6. Obtain permission to make referral if safe and appropriate 

If needed seek advice from the Children and Families Helpdesk or Adults Helpdesk or complete the Local Authority Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Incident Report Form if required and submit to the local authority within 24 hours of making a contact 

Ensure that feedback from the Local Authority is received and their response recorded 

OmniMusic also recognises its duty to report concerns or allegations – or receive reports of concerns or allegations – against its staff (paid or unpaid) within the organisation or by a professional from another organisation. The process for raising and dealing with allegations is as follows: 

  1. Any member of staff (paid or unpaid) from OmniMusic is required to report any concerns in the first instance to their line manager or the Safeguarding Officer 
  2. Contact local authority for advice 
  3. Follow the advice provided 

OmniMusic recognises its legal duty to report any concerns about unsafe practice by any of its paid or unpaid staff to the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA), according to the ISA referral guidance document. 

Incidences of transgression of this policy should be reported in confidence to the Safeguarding Lead: 
Phill Howley

These will be investigated in confidence and appropriate actions taken. 

Last reviewed: March 2024 
Next review date: March 2025