The Open Road Carnival
The carnival that's making a difference...
We believe that everyone should have access to the best possible opportunities in creative and cultural experience that we can offer. We take our commitment to the safety, inclusion and wellbeing of the individuals and communities with whom we work very seriously and pride ourselves in delivering best practice and leadership.
We have developed a range of polices which guide and inform the work that we do, and we are continually reviewing and improving our service. In additional to the following, we are presently developing our Volunteering Policy and our Environmental Sustainability Action Plan.
The New Carnival Company CIC recognises it has a duty, in the conduct of its business operations, to ensure a safe environment for its employees and all those individuals and organisations it works with.
An effective health and safety policy requires the full involvement of the Board of Directors, all employees and everyone the company engages or involves with: everybody is asked to read this policy and to accept their own personal responsibility for health and safety provision.
Overall and final responsibility for health and safety rests with the Executive Director. This includes ensuring the policy is put into practice and maintained on a day to day basis.
Health and Safety Policy
To provide and maintain a safe and healthy working environment at all times
It is the responsibility of the Board of Directors, all employees and participants to take reasonable care for the health and safety of themselves, their fellow co-workers and all those engaging with the Company and to report any hazards or risks to the Executive Director immediately.
The New Carnival Company is committed to meeting the needs of all its staff, service users and stakeholders by providing excellence in teaching, learning, participation opportunities and enjoyment of a diverse range of celebratory arts, carnival arts and associated events and activities.
In order to do this it is our policy to:
The Executive Director is ultimately responsible for Quality but all staff and associates are required to read the policy and are encouraged to be responsible for the quality of the service within their direct remit.
The New Carnival Company CIC is committed to implementing an Equality and Diversity Policy which promotes equality of access to a full range of arts events for people of all ages, abilities, cultures and communities.
The policy can only be implemented through the co-operation of individuals and organisations engaged in carnival arts activities and the New Carnival Company expects, as a condition of working or volunteering with the organisation, that individuals embrace the spirit and ethos of Equality and Diversity.
This policy addresses:
The New Carnival Company is committed to equal opportunities policy and practice and will
ensure that all employees, participants and audiences, both actual and potential, are treated equally and as individuals regardless of age, disability, race, sex, religion/beliefs, sexual orientation, civil partnership/marriage, pregnancy/maternity, being or becoming a transgender person, socio-economic circumstances.
In implementing this policy the New Carnival Company will take account of the Human Rights Act and Equality Act 2010. This Equality and Diversity policy will be implemented across all aspects of our work:
The New Carnival Company will aim to ensure that its Board of Directors is representative of the community and communities which it serves. The Board of Directors will be responsible for ensuring that this Equality and Diversity policy is properly implemented, monitored and reviewed.
All members of the Board of Directors will aim to undertake Equality and Diversity training as part of their ongoing role.
The New Carnival Company will ensure that no employee, volunteer or freelancer, receives less favourable treatment than another on the grounds of age, disability, race, sex, religion/beliefs, sexual orientation, civil partnership/marriage, pregnancy/maternity, being or becoming a transgender person, socio- economic circumstances.
The New Carnival Company is committed to undertaking open recruitment and selection procedures and wherever possible all relevant vacancies will be advertised and fair and equitable short listing and interview processes will be followed.
The New Carnival Company will also ensure that the changing and developing needs of employees,
volunteers and freelance artists are recognised and appropriate adjustments made to working conditions and/or training provided.
We recognise that the provision of Equality and Diversity in the workplace is not only good management practice; it also makes sound business sense. Our Equality and Diversity policy will help all those who work for us to develop their full potential and the talents and resources of the workforce will be utilised fully to maximise the efficiency of the Company.
The New Carnival Company aims to make its activities and events as accessible to as wide a range of the public as possible and in order to achieve this will take steps to remove barriers which prevent the general public from having equal access to the organisation’s activities. This will include:
people and those with mobility problems
We are committed to:
bullying, harassment and victimisation
The Executive Director and Board of Directors have specific responsibility for the effective implementation of this Equality and Diversity policy. The New Carnival Company expects all its employees, volunteers and freelance artists to abide by the policy and help create the equality environment which is its objective.
In order to implement this policy we shall:
Diversity policy into job descriptions and work objectives of all those that work for and on
behalf of the Company
staff induction and Board away days
their dealings with our Company
We will establish our Equality and Diversity Action Plan as a monitoring system to assist the effective
implementation of this policy.
Employees, freelance artists, volunteers, as well as our public and audiences who believe that they have experienced any form of discrimination, harassment, bullying or victimisation are encouraged to raise the matter with New Carnival (email: firstname.lastname@example.org). All complaints of discrimination will be dealt with seriously, promptly and confidentially.
Safeguarding Children and Young People
Safeguarding is the action we take to promote the welfare of children and young people and protect them from harm. Safeguarding children is the responsibility of everyone.
The New Carnival Company recognises its responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children within the legal framework of the Children Acts 1989 and 2004.
We are aware that many children and young people are the victims of different kinds of abuse and that they can be subjected to social factors that have an adverse impact upon their lives –including domestic violence, substance misuse, bullying, child prostitution and ritualistic abuse.
We aim to create a safe environment within which children and young people can thrive and adults can work with the security of clear guidance.
Under the terms of the Children Act 2004 anyone under the age of 19 is considered to be a child/young person.
These guidelines are for the use of all staff, volunteers and directors. Through them, we will endeavour to ensure that:
It can often be difficult to recognise abuse. The signs listed in these guidelines are only indicators and many can have reasonable explanations. Children may behave strangely or seem unhappy for many reasons, as they move through the stages of childhood or their families experience changes. It is nevertheless important to know what could indicate that abuse is taking place and to be alert to the need to consult further. Someone can abuse a child by actively inflicting harm or by failing to act to prevent harm. Abuse can take place within a family, in an institutional or community setting, by telephone or on the Internet. Abuse can be carried out by someone known to a child or by a complete stranger.
If you are worried about a child it is important that you keep a written record of any physical or behavioural signs and symptoms. In this way you can monitor whether or not a pattern emerges and provide evidence to any investigation if required.
Physical Abuse: Physical abuse can involve hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning, scalding, drowning and suffocating. It can also result when a parent or carer deliberately causes the ill health of a child in order to seek attention; this is called fabricated illness or Munchhausen’s Syndrome by Proxy.
Symptoms that indicate physical abuse include:
Emotional Abuse: Emotional abuse happens when a child’s need for love, security, praise and recognition is not met. It usually co-exists with other forms of abuse. Emotionally abusive behaviour occurs if a parent, carer or authority figure is consistently hostile, rejecting, threatening or undermining. It can also result when children are prevented from social contact with others, or if developmentally inappropriate expectations are imposed upon them. It may involve seeing or hearing the ill-treatment of someone else. Symptoms that indicate emotional abuse include:
Neglect: Neglect is the persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical and/or psychological needs, causing damage to their health and development. It may involve a parent or carer failing to provide adequate food, shelter or clothing, failing to protect a child from harm or danger, or failing to access appropriate medical care and treatment when necessary. It can exist in isolation or in combination with other forms of abuse. Symptoms of physical and emotional neglect can include:
Sexual Abuse: Sexual abuse involves forcing or enticing a child or young person to take part in sexual activities, whether or not the child is aware of what is happening. This may include physical contact, both penetrative and non-penetrative, or involve no contact, such as watching sexual activities or looking at pornographic material. Encouraging children to act in sexually inappropriate ways is also abusive. Symptoms of sexual abuse include:
Older children and young people may additionally exhibit:
If a Child Discloses to you: DO:
It is permissible to ask the child simple, non-leading questions to ascertain the facts of the allegation (T.E.D) Tell, Explain, Describe
If a Child Discloses to you: DON’T:
It is not your responsibility to decide if the allegation is true or not.
Sometimes you may just feel concerned about a child but do not know whether to share your concerns or not. In this situation you should always raise your concerns with your designated child protection officer, who will help you to decide what to do.
Organisations that work or come into contact with children and young people need to be aware of the possibility that allegations of abuse will be made against members of their staff or volunteers.
Allegations will usually be that some kind of abuse has taken place. They can be made by children and young people and they can be made by other concerned adults. Allegations can be made for a variety of reasons. Some of the most common are:
All allegations should be brought to the notice of the designated child protection officer immediately. In cases where the allegation is made against this person, the complainant should approach a more senior official or, if unavailable, take the following action themselves:
The application of rigorous procedures for the recruitment of any staff who come into contact with children, both directly and indirectly, can reduce the likelihood of allegations of abuse being made that are founded. As an absolute minimum, the following standards should be followed:
Every organisation working with children should have a designated child protection officer who must undergo child protection training. It is the responsibility of this person to make themselves available for consultation by staff, volunteers, visitors, children and their families:
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These child protection procedures will only be effective if all staff and volunteers in your organisation own and understand them. This checklist is designed to help you to go through that process:
before they start work
All safeguarding concerns should be acted upon immediately. If you are concerned that a child or vulnerable adult might be at risk or is actually suffering abuse, you should tell the designated child protection lead officer within your organisation.
Your designated officer is: Alison Knapman
Telephone number: 01983 716095
If the designated officer is not available, speak to a senior member of staff.
For concerns about children and young people, contact the following telephone numbers:
For use by Isle of Wight Professionals: 0300 555 1381
For use by members of the public: 0300 300 0117
In case of emergencies, contact the Police on 999
All adults have the right to live a life free from abuse and exploitation. Safeguarding means protecting an individual’s right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect.
Any adult is potentially at risk but if you are vulnerable you are less likely to be able to seek help for yourself, so the risk is much greater.
Safeguarding, as defined by The Care Act 2014, apply to an adult who: has needs for care and support AND is experiencing or at risk of abuse and neglect AND as a result of those care and support needs is unable to protect themselves.
It is the abuse of an individual’s civil and human rights by any other person or persons. Such violation may be intentional or unintentional and may be a single or repeated act(s) over a period of time. Forms of abuse include:
Physical abuse: hitting, pushing, shaking or withholding care or medication.
Sexual abuse: any sexual act carried out to which the vulnerable adult did not or could not consent and / or was pressured in to consenting to.
Emotional abuse: verbal threats, offensive or belittling remarks or other behaviour that causes distress or concern to another person.
Financial or Material Abuse: another person uses the resources of the vulnerable person for their own advantage. This can range from not getting change from their shopping to property transfer.
Neglect: failure to meet someone’s care needs, either deliberate or unintentionally. This results in risk to the well-being of the vulnerable person.
Discriminatory abuse: based on race or sexuality or a person’s disability, and other forms of harassment or slurs.
Institutional abuse: by an organisation imposing rigid and insensitive routines, unskilled, intrusive or invasive interventions; or an environment allowing inadequate privacy or physical comfort.
The abuser is usually known to the vulnerable person and may well be:
Abuse can happen in any setting.
Protecting vulnerable adults is everyone’s responsibility.
Make a note of your concerns and tell the designated safeguarding lead officer within your organisation or to the relevant local safeguarding adult teams.
Your designated officer is: Alison Knapman
Telephone number: 01983 716095
Contact the local safeguarding adults team at the Isle of Wight Council on 01983 814980
email@example.com. Out of hours Emergency Duty Team 01983 821105
In an emergency call the Police on 999
“PREVENT is part of the UK Government’s Counter-Terrorism Strategy, launched 2011, preventing vulnerable people from becoming involved in terrorism or supporting terrorism.
PREVENT aims to protect those who are vulnerable to exploitation, extremism or radicalisation from those who seek to recruit them to support their cause.
Extremism is defined by the UK government as vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values.
British values are defined as “democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs”; the New Carnival Company will encourage all participants within our programme of activities to respect other people with particular regard to the protected characteristics set out in the Equality Act 2010.”
The New Carnival Company CIC will put environmental and social sustainability at the heart of our decision making and arts development activities. Through these processes we aim to become a best practice example of how a Carnival Arts organisation can successfully reduce the negative environmental impacts of our office management, arts participation and events programmes.
Our business and its effect on the environment
Established in 2011 The New Carnival Company deliver an all year round programme of participatory carnival arts activities directly linked to our events programme. The organisation is based within a shared building in Ryde that offers office, studio and community workshop functions.
We understand that the running of our business has environmental implications and this policy commits us to reducing the negative environmental impacts of our activities, in particular those relating to:
We commit to measuring the impact of what we do and how this affects the environment in which we live and work. From this understanding we will set clear objectives in order reduce the damage we cause to the environment through the production of greenhouse gasses, sending waste to landfill and sourcing unethical or non-reusable equipment and materials.
The policy is supported by an Environmental Action Plan. The action plan is informed and supported by our environmental monitoring and measurement as well as feedback from our audiences and partners.
We are committed to safeguarding the privacy of our website visitors; this policy policy sets out how we will treat your personal information.
We may collect, store and use the following kinds of personal information:
• information about your computer and about your visits to and use of this website;
• information that you provide to us for the purpose of registering with us;
• information that you provide to us for the purpose of subscribing to our website services, email notifications and/or newsletters.
A cookie consists of information sent by a web server to a web browser, and stored by the browser. The information is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server. This enables the web server to identify and track the web browser.
If you’re not sure of the type and version of web browser you use to access the Internet:
For PCs: click on ‘Help’ at the top of your browser window and select the ‘About’ option For Macs: with the browser window open, click on the Apple menu and select the ‘About’ option
How to check cookies are enabled for PCs
Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0, 7.0, 8.0
Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 on OSX
Safari on OSX
Mozilla and Netscape on OSX
Please consult your documentation or online help files.
We may use your personal information to:
We will not without your express consent provide your personal information to any third parties for the purpose of direct marketing.
In addition, we may disclose your personal information:
We will take reasonable technical and organisational precautions to prevent the loss, misuse or alteration of your personal information.
Of course, data transmission over the internet is inherently insecure, and we cannot guarantee the security of data sent over the internet.
You are responsible for keeping your password and user details confidential. We will not ask you for your password (except when you log in to the website).
You may instruct us to provide you with any personal information we hold about you. Provision of such information will be subject to the supply of appropriate evidence of your identity.
You may instruct us not to process your personal information for marketing purposes by email at any time. In practice, you will usually either expressly agree in advance to our use of your personal information for marketing purposes, or we will provide you with an opportunity to opt-out of the use of your personal information for marketing purposes.
The website contains links to other websites. We are not responsible for the privacy policies or practices of third party websites.
Our designers’ philosophy is that our website should be easy for anyone to use, whatever their method of internet access.
TheNewCarnivalCompany.co.uk has been designed using CSS. No tables or frames of any kind have been used in the design of this website. Our style sheets should accommodate any browser, including those used by mobile devices.
All text has a relative font size which means you can resize the text at any time if you want to.
All pages on this site are WCAG AA approved, meeting all Priority 1 and 2 checkpoints. In some areas the website will meet Priority 3 checkpoints, but saying that it is nearly impossible to produce a website that is 100% accessible.
All pages on this site validated as strict XHTML 1.0, and valid CSS
All pages on this site use structured semantic mark-up. H1 tags are used for main headings and H2 through to H6 tags for sub-headings.
For those using screen readers we offer a skip link as a shortcut for users who want to skip the content and go straight to the navigation. Link text is written to make sense out of context. Many links have title attributes to describe the links in greater detail. All photographs and graphic on the site have Alt attributes to describe what they are or what they do. Links open in the same window with the exception of links to PDF and Word documents – which open in new windows.
If you experience any kind of problem when using this website or you have any other feedback we’ll be glad to hear from you. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or write to: The New Carnival Company CIC, The Coaching House, 13 Union Road, Ryde, Isle of Wight. PO33 2ER
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The New Carnival Company CIC shall also own any data it creates as a result of operating the web site. Everything seen or read or contained in this web site is protected by copyrights and, except as strictly provided and permitted in these Terms & Conditions and / or on the web site, may not be used without the prior written permission of The New Carnival Company CIC.
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The New Carnival Company CIC neither warrants nor represents that any use of material displayed on the web site will not infringe rights of third parties not owned by or affiliated with The New Carnival Company CIC. This web site may contain other proprietary notices and copyright information, the terms of which must be observed and obeyed.
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