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Our Child Protection Policy

We in The MACademy want to make sure that all children and young people who come to The MACademy Performing Arts School are safe and are protected from harm.


We call this our Child Protection Policy.


Children and young people have a right to:

✓Be safe.

✓Be listened to.

✓Be treated with fairness and respect.

✓Be free from bullying.

✓Get help and support if you’ve been hurt, neglected or badly treated.


Everyone working in The MACademy respects these rights. This is part of our Code of Behaviour. Our Child Protection Policy says that if anyone is worried that a child or young person is being hurt, bullied or abused, they should talk to Lily MacMonagle Shannon. Lily can be contacted at 0876296152 or


Abuse is not the fault of the person who is being hurt and nobody ever has the right to abuse anyone else.If we are worried that a child or young person is not safe or might be harmed, we will talk to people who can help. If this happens Lily our Designated Person will explain what is happening.If you are worried about yourself or another child or young person, the most important thing is to talk to someone about it. The information you share will be kept private and only shared with people who need to know and can help.Remember: Abuse is never your fault.If you or someone you know is being abused in any way, the best thing you can do is talk to someone who can help.


Bullying at The MACadmey is not allowed.


Bullying can be someone:

•Calling people names or saying hurtful things.

• Taking money or food off you.

• Swearing at you.

• Pushing you around.

• Hurting your body in any way, such as pushing, pinching, punching or kicking you.

• Leaving you out or ignoring you.Remember: Bullying is NEVER your fault, and never something that you deserve - you should be able to feel happy and safe wherever you are.

Making a complaint:

We welcome comments and suggestions from children, young people, parents and others.If you are worried or upset by something that happens here you can make a complaint. The person to talk to about complaints is: Lily MacMonagle Shannon.

We will listen carefully to your complaint and will answer it within 7 working days.

Remember - if you or someone you know is being abused in any way, the best thing you can do is talk to someone who can help.


Our Code Of Behaviour helps us to make sure that everyone at The MACademy is safe and free from harm.

Here at The MACademy Performing Arts School we are committed to providing a safe environment for children and young people.

Children’s welfare and safety is our top priority. We comply with Children First: National Guidelines for Child Protection and Welfare.


To help us achieve this we ensure all Adults/Leaders 

• Treat everyone fairly.

• Listen to what children and young people have to say.

Children/Young People

• Co-operate with leaders instructions.

• Do not tolerate bullying


Protection Policy and Procedures which guide our work.

We have:

✓A code of behaviour for staff and volunteers.

✓A safe recruitment policy.

✓A Designated Person, who looks after child protection concerns.

✓A confidentiality policy.

✓A complaints policy.

✓An accidents and incidents reporting policy.


We ask parents and guardians to:

• Read the information provided.

• Talk to us if you have any concerns.

• Co-operate with staff (leaders) in ensuring children and young people are safe.

• Drop and collect children and young people on time and not leave them unattended.

• Give us contact details and let us know who will collect children and young people.

               Thank you for taking the time to read this information.

Data Protection Policy

The MACademy is committed to processing data in accordance with its responsibilities under the GDPR.

Article 5 of the GDPR requires that personal data shall be:

  • Processed lawfully, fairly and in a transparent manner in relation to individuals;

  • Collected for specified, explicit and legitimate purposes and not further processed in a manner that is incompatible with those purposes; further processing for archiving purposes in the public interest, scientific or historical research purposes or statistical purposes shall not be considered to be incompatible with the initial purposes;

  • Adequate, relevant and limited to what is necessary in relation to the purposes for which they are processed;

  • Accurate and, where necessary, kept up to date; every reasonable step must be taken to ensure that personal data that are inaccurate, having regard to the purposes for which they are processed, are erased or rectified without delay;

  • Kept in a form which permits identification of data subjects for no longer than is necessary for the purposes for which the personal data are processed. Personal data may be stored for longer periods insofar as the personal data will be processed solely for archiving purposes in the public interest, scientific or historical research purposes or statistical purposes subject to implementation of the appropriate technical and organizational measures required by the GDPR in order to safeguard the rights and freedoms of individuals; and processed in a manner that ensures appropriate security of the personal data, including protection against unauthorised or unlawful processing and against accidental loss, destruction or damage, using appropriate technical or organizational measures.

General Provisionals


  • This policy applies to all personal data processed by The MACademy.

  • The Responsible Person (Lily) shall take responsibility for The MACademy's ongoing compliance with this policy.

  • This policy shall be reviewed at least annually.

  • The MACademy shall register with the Information Commissioner’s Office as an organization that processes personal data.

Lawful, Fair and Transparent Processing 

  • To ensure its processing of data is lawful, fair and transparent, dramatic action shall maintain a Register of Systems.

  • The Register of Systems shall be reviewed at least annually.

  • Individuals have the right to access their personal data and any such requests made to the charity shall be dealt with in a timely manner.

  • All data processed by The MACademy must be done on one of the following lawful bases: consent, contract, legal obligation, vital interests, public task or legitimate interests.

  • The MACademy shall note the appropriate lawful basis in the Register of Systems.

  • Where consent is relied upon as a lawful basis for processing data, evidence of opt-in consent shall be kept with the personal data.

  • Where communications are sent to individuals based on their consent, the option for the individual to revoke their consent should be clearly available and systems should be in place to ensure such revocation is reflected accurately in The MACademy's systems.



Data Minimisation 

  • The MACademy shall ensure that personal data are adequate, relevant and limited to what is necessary in relation to the purposes for which they are processed.


  • The MACademy shall take reasonable steps to ensure personal data is accurate.

  • Where necessary for the lawful basis on which data is processed, steps shall be put in place to ensure that personal data is kept up to date.

Archiving / Removal 

  • To ensure that personal data is kept for no longer than necessary, dramatic action shall put in place an archiving policy for each area in which personal data is processed and review this process annually.

  • The archiving policy shall consider what data should/must be retained, for how long, and why.


  • The MACademy shall ensure that personal data is stored securely using modern software that is kept-up-to-date.

  • Access to personal data shall be limited to personnel who need access and appropriate security should be in place to avoid unauthorised sharing of information.

  • When personal data is deleted this should be done safely such that the data is irrecoverable. Appropriate back-up and disaster recovery solutions shall be in place.


  • In the event of a breach of security leading to the accidental or unlawful destruction, loss, alteration, unauthorised dis-closure of, or access to, personal data, The MACademy shall promptly assess the risk to people’s rights and freedoms.





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