MMuDS in an inclusive community organisation

The Purpose of the Association is to foster, promote and facilitate theatrical and musical activities with a high emphasis on local productions and talent alongside other performing arts events within Mansfield and surrounding communities.

Mansfield Musical and Dramatic Society Inc (MMuDS) is a community run, not-for-profit organisation, which was formed in 1983. Elections for committee members are held each year.

Statement of Commitment to Child Safety

Mansfield Musical & Dramatic Society

  • has zero tolerance for child abuse
  • actively works to listen to and empower children
  • has systems to protect children from abuse, and will take all allegations and concerns very seriously and responds to them consistently in line with the organisation’s policies and procedures
  • is committed to promoting cultural safety for Aboriginal children, cultural safety for children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, and to providing a safe environment for children with a disability.

    MMUDS Code of Conduct
    for employees, volunteers and contractors working with children and young people

Management, staff, volunteers and contractors at Mansfield Musical & Dramatic Society Inc. are required to abide by this Code. 

Under the President, the Committee will: 

  • Be responsible for the overall welfare and wellbeing of staff and volunteers;
  • Be accountable for managing and maintaining a duty of care towards volunteers; and 
  • Nominate a Child Protection Officer to provide information and support to all volunteer, children, young people and their carers regarding child protection matters.
  • All people involved in the care of children on behalf of Mansfield Musical & Dramatic Society will: 
  • Work towards the achievement of the aims and purposes of the organisation;
  • Be responsible for relevant administration of programs and activities in their area;
  • Maintain a duty of care towards others involved in these programs and activities; 
  • Establish and maintain a child-safe environment in the course of their work;
  • Be fair, considerate and honest with others;
  • Treat children and young people with respect and value their ideas and opinions;
  • Act as positive role models in their conduct with children and young people;
  • Be professional in their actions;
  • Maintain strict impartiality;
  • Comply with specific organisational guidelines on physical contact with children;
  • Respect the privacy of children, their families and teachers/carers, and only disclose information to people who have a need to know;
  • Maintain a child-safe environment for children and young people;
  • Operate within the Rules of Association, policies and guidelines of Mansfield Musical & Dramatic Society and
  • Contact the police if a child is at immediate risk of abuse (telephone 000).

No person shall: 

  • Shame, humiliate, oppress, belittle or degrade children or young people;
  • Unlawfully discriminate against any child;
  • Engage in any activity with a child or young person that is likely to physically or emotionally harm them;
  • Initiate unnecessary physical contact with a child or young person, or do things of a personal nature for them that they can do for themselves;
  • Be alone with a child or young person unnecessarily and for more than a very short time;
  • Develop a ‘special’ relationship with a specific child or young person for their own needs;
  • Show favouritism through the provision of gifts or inappropriate attention;
  • Arrange contact, including online contact, with children or young people outside of the organisation’s programs and activities;
  • Photograph or video a child or young person without the consent of the child and his/her parents or guardians;
  • Work with children or young people while under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs;
  • Engage in open discussions of a mature or adult nature in the presence of children;
  • Use inappropriate language in the presence of children; or
  • Do anything in contravention of the organisation’s policies, procedures and guidelines or this Code of Conduct.
  • This Code of Conduct allows for special provisions that can be put in place, for example, theatre work may legitimately involve some forms of physical contact, and some people with disabilities may legitimately require carefully monitored physical restraint.
  • The Victorian Child-Safe Standards suggest that to remove any ambiguity employees/volunteers should be required to sign a statement that they agree to abide by the Code of Conduct.
  • If you breach this Code of Conduct you will face disciplinary action in accordance with MMuDS Rules of Association, including and up to termination of employment or cessation of engagement with the organisation.

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