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Free Safeguarding advice for BBE members

Coming up in February we have a free introduction to our NSPCC approved BandSafe course - BBE webinar BandSafe: Safeguarding & the National BOPA will take place on Wednesday 17 February at 7pm.

BandSafe is an in-depth training programme to give brass bands and music groups confidence in your safeguarding practices.

This webinar is free for our members (£5 for non-members) and will include advice on writing or updating a safeguarding policy as well as information on how the BBE national BOPA (Body of Persons Approval, covering events taking place in England and Wales) can reduce the administrative burden of applying for child performance licensing.

If you’ve been thinking about enrolling onto the BandSafe training programme, this session will offer a helpful overview of what to expect. It will cover the key aspects of safeguarding as well as best-practice approaches in a band room setting.

Safeguarding is, of course, applicable to all ages, and an important consideration for all participants. With the extra licencing regulations around working with young people, though, the BBE-held BOPA will be an added bonus for bands regularly working with young people.

Sam Fisher, BBE’s Safeguarding Officer, said:

“Good safeguarding practice is vital for music group members of all ages and we hope that this webinar will give more groups the confidence to complete their policy-writing and enrol onto the BBE BandSafe training programme.

It truly is a ground-breaking programme, having been developed with the NSPCC, in line with DFE legislation and tailor-made for music groups such as brass bands. It’s one of the many ways we’re working to support a safe and smooth return to banding.”

We hope to see you at one of these online events soon. Register for the safeguarding webinar or book onto one of our BandSafe training events.