The safety and wellbeing of our young people is paramount here at BYMT. As such, we have several steps to ensure our young people not only have a fun experience, but remain safe:
It is our mission at BYMT to create worthwhile opportunities for young people in theatre, no matter the circumstances. As such, it is imperative that we receive as much information about our participants as possible, in order to provide as supportive and bespoke an experience as we possibly can. This includes, but is not limited to:
Trauma responses / triggers
Context of home / school life
While we collect some of this information at the time of audition / acceptance, our doors are always open to discuss anything further, any new developments, or anything you previously may not have thought to mention. Simply put, the more we know about our participants, the better we can support them.
We understand how important it is to have as much information as possible when planning for one of our projects. Therefore prior to the project, we provide a detailed Project Pack, which includes:
Details of venues for performances and residential accommodation, with a map and directions
When to arrive and what to bring (and what to leave at home!)
What to wear
Who the staff working on your project will be
What to expect and what the show/course will be about
Parents/carers will be given an emergency contact number to use for the duration of the project. This mobile phone is staffed by a member of the pastoral team 24 hours a day. Young people are not allowed to have their mobile phone switched on in the rehearsal room but on arrival at the venue they are informed of break/meal/start & finish times, so you can catch up with them then. Pastoral phones will be switched on one day in advance of the start of the course.
For each of our projects, we have a dedicated Pastoral Team who look after the welfare of all our young people. These Teams hold vast amounts of experience in working with young people, both with BYMT and elsewhere, and are the first point of call when young people are on their project. They are especially skilled in building a rapport with our young people, and making sure they look after themselves and each other. As the vast majority of our projects are residential, we have a legal obligation to ensure the safety of all young people aged 11 through to 21. For those aged under 16 we are in loco parentis and for those over 16 we still have a duty of care. You can view our Safeguarding Policy here for more information.
We have Employers’ and Public Liability Insurance through Chubb Insurance. The company does not cover insurance of personal items and assumes no responsibility for damage, loss or theft of personal property on any of our premises. It is advisable to ensure that musical instruments or any other items of value are covered by your household insurance policy. Expensive jewellery, cameras etc. are better left at home!
Although restrictions have been lifted, we still take the welfare of our staff, young people and families seriously. Please read our Covid-19 Charter here for more information.