When working with Opera Anywhere all singers, musicians, technicians, production staff and volunteers are entitled to:
• An environment free from bullying, intimidation, harassment or victimisation
• Be treated with dignity, respect and courtesy
• Experience no form of unlawful discrimination
• Be valued for their opinions, skills and abilities
Production directors have particular responsibility for setting standards and ensuring appropriate behaviours are maintained.
They should set a good example and ensure concerns raised are acted upon.
Trustees present during casting, rehearsals and performances are responsible for challenging inappropriate behaviours.
The Opera Anywhere safeguarding officer will have primary responsibility for overseeing procedures to safeguard young people working with Opera Anywhere.
Opera Anywhere will require a completed consent form from the parent or guardian responsible for a young person performing in an Opera Anywhere production.
When working with young people in a workshop or as part of a production, adults are expected to:
• Provide an example they would wish others to follow.
• Whenever practicable, ensure that another adult is present when in the company of young people (ideally mixed genders)
• Undergo required background checks to confirm suitability for working with young people
• Respect a young person’s right to privacy.
• Remember someone might misinterpret actions and comments, no matter how well intentioned.
• Be aware of the possible implications of physical contact with young people
• Avoid where possible giving young people a lift alone. When this is unavoidable, it is advisable to get consent from the young person’s parents or guardian.
Support and advice is available from the chairman of the trustees for any performer experiencing or witnessing bullying, harassment or discrimination.
John Logan, Chairman of Trustees, May 2018