WheelWorks supports children and young people's social and cultural development through accessible and innovative community based programmes, which provide a creative fusion of traditional and digital art forms, harnessing the arts for learning and change and giving young people a voice.
A fully inclusive society where children and young people can develop and sustain their creative potential through active participation in the arts.
Every child and young person has the right to education, cultural participation and self expression (UN Charter of Rights of the Child, Articles 13 & 31)
The views of young people are important and should be listened to (UN Charter of Rights of the Child, Article 12)
Everyone is capable of creative expression and this can be a powerful tool for personal, community and social change
Everyone has the right to be treated fairly and with respect and have an equal opportunity to be included in society as a whole, and cultural activities in particular
Diversity is a positive force for greater understanding which should be respected and celebrated
Innovation and being open to new ideas is central to WheelWorks' artistic activities
WheelWorks strives for excellence in all aspects of its work
WheelWorks Safeguarding Children Policy Statement
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as:
• Protecting children from maltreatment
• Preventing impairment of children’s health and development
• Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective careand undertaking that role so as to enable those children to have optimum life chances and to enter adulthood successfully. (Source: Paragraph 1.18, Working Together to Safeguard Children 2006)
WheelWorks believes that the welfare of the child is paramount and all children without exception have the right to protection from abuse regardless of gender, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexuality or beliefs.
WheelWorks is committed to practice which promotes the welfare of children and young people protects them from harm.
Staff and volunteers in this organisation accept and recognise their responsibilities to develop awareness of the issues which cause children or young people harm, and to establish and maintain a safe environment for them.
The WheelWorks Safeguarding Children Policy and Procedures are available on request