Child Protection at Stagecoach
We take the protection of our children very seriously at Stagecoach Theatre Arts.
Stagecoach is dedicated to providing a safe and secure environment for its students and is proud to have been one of the first children's organisations to set up a Protection Protocol for its schools. The Stagecoach Child Protection Policy is available to parents and staff at all of our schools.
A vital part of Stagecoach's Child Protection arrangements is that each school is run by a Principal whose role is to supervise rather than teach. Whilst the tuition is delivered by specialist teachers the Principal is free to visit and observe all of the classes at the school.
Stagecoach requires all of its Principals, teachers and assistants to apply for enhanced clearance via the DBS - Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly CRB) and its structure is often used as an example of Best Practice when Child Protection issues are discussed.
In addition, every Stagecoach Principal has direct contact with a dedicated Child Protection team and receive professional help and advice on those rare occasions that it is required. This protocol was established by the late Ray Wyre, a well known and respected figure in the field of children's safety. Since his death in 2008 Stagecoach has retained the services of this dedicated child protection agency - Phoenix Forensic Consultants, now run by Steve Lowe, a specialist within the field of child protection. Steve is available by phone to our Principals 24 hours a day, 365 days a year on a Stagecoach Emergency Hotline number. It is the combination of the non-teaching Principal, the small class sizes and the immediate access to expert professional advice at any time that sets Stagecoach apart from many other organisations working with children.
Stagecoach - keeping children safe.