STAR, Ltd.’s Child Protection Policy
STAR, Ltd. has adopted the following policies for the safety and well-being of its members. These policies primarily protect our youth; however, they also serve to protect adult staff and volunteers.
Two-deep leadership is required at all times. A minimum of two adults is required for all activities at STAR workshops. One of these adults must be 21 years of age or older.
One-on-one contact between adults and youth members is prohibited. In situations requiring coaching (voice, dance moves, etc), the meeting is to be conducted with the knowledge and in view of other adults and/or youth.
The policies of two-deep leadership and no one-on-one contact between adults and youth members also apply to digital communication. Leaders may not have one-on-one private online communications or engage one-on-one in other digital activities (games, social media, etc.) with youth members. Leaders should copy a parent and another leader in digital and online communication, ensuring no one-on-one contact takes place in text, social media, or other forms of online or digital communication.
The buddy system should be encouraged at all times. The buddy system is a safety measure. Buddies should know and be comfortable with each other. Buddies should be encouraged to select each other, with no more than two years’ age difference and the same level of maturity. When necessary, a buddy team may consist of three youth. No youth should be forced into or made to feel uncomfortable in a buddy assignment. The buddy system comes in handy when youth need to use the restroom, or when the group is outside playing, for instance.
Privacy of youth is respected. Adults and youth must respect each other’s privacy, especially in situations such as changing clothes backstage. Adult and volunteer assistance is typically necessary backstage, in between scenes, so youth are asked to wear leotards or t-shirt and boxers under all costumes.
Inappropriate use of smart phones, cameras, imaging, or digital devices is prohibited. Most of our staff, volunteers and youth participants come to our workshops with a cell phone. We will ask them to keep them in their bags during the workshop, with the exception of checking them at lunch and other breaks. If they are observed using them inappropriately, they will be asked to turn them over to staff until the end of the day. The staff will not take any pictures or videos of youth participants without a signed release on file; in which case the photos/videos will only be used on the STAR website, Facebook, brochures, and other promotional materials.