Safeguarding Policy

Policy statement

The Gower Folk Festival Organization acknowledges that it has a duty of care towards all the people involved in the festival and related activities.

The policy outlined in this document aims to promote a safe, inclusive and respectful environment for staff, volunteers, musicians and guests alike at the festival, regardless of gender, race, disability, sexual orientation or any other personal attribute. Behaviour which makes people feel threatened or unsafe is not acceptable and will not be tolerated.

What is safeguarding?

Safeguarding means protecting a person’s health, wellbeing and human rights; enabling children, young people and adults to attend the festival and associated activities free from harm, abuse and neglect.


The Festival will endeavour to provide a safe, positive and friendly environment for all children, young people and adults. It will achieve this through a collective duty of care that will include:

  • Treating everyone with respect
  • Carefully recruiting, selecting and training staff and volunteers
  • Responding to concerns and allegations appropriately
  • Adhering to this policy

Inappropriate conduct

Inappropriate conduct such as comments and actions that contribute to discrimination, harassment or victimisation are not acceptable and will be challenged. Such incidents will be recorded and shared with the relevant agencies when necessary and appropriate.

Reporting and complaints

If any participant in the Gower Folk Festival activities encounters inappropriate conduct and feels unable to deal with it, they should report it to the festival manager responsible for safeguarding (contact details below), who will investigate. The festival management will take proportionate steps to address the issues involved which may include excluding individuals from the site or informing relevant authorities as appropriate. Should the safeguarding manager not be available, the designated deputy will take responsibility.

Relevant information

Safeguarding Manager: Dr Tony Toole, Chairman, Gower Folk Festival Committee

(deputy: Mrs Cathy Winder, Secretary, Gower Folk Festival Committee)

Contact details: Email:   Mobile: 07964894790

(deputy :  Mobile : 07854 674075)

The festival holds current Public Liability Insurance that covers all Festival activities.

Both the safeguarding manager and the deputy have valid DBS certificates.