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Are refreshments available?
Coffee, tea, soft drinks and biscuits, sandwiches and other light refreshments are available in the cafeteria including hot sausage and bacon baps.  These are available from 09:00 to 18:00. Please do not take food or drink into the performance rooms.

CHILD PROTECTION POLICY
Preliminary Statement
The safety of children and members of other vulnerable groups is paramount and all, without exception, have the right to protection from abuse.  All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately and all the charity’s trustees, staff and volunteers have a responsibility to report concerns.

1.  Purpose and Function of Organisation
The annual Chester Music Festival aims to offer an opportunity for musical development for people of all ages and abilities across a broad range of music making, including piano, instrumental and vocal.  We offer performing experience, critical feedback from top professionals and the opportunity to acquire a wider musical knowledge in a warm and supportive atmosphere.  By encouraging the young musicians of today, we seek to foster the professional musicians of tomorrow.

2.  The Festival Environment
We inform you by this Policy that we shall take all practicable steps for a safe Festival.  This policy seeks to invite parents/guardians and teachers to enter into a partnership with us to ensure as safe an environment as is reasonably possible.  

3.  To Whom does this Policy Apply?
This policy relates to all children under the age of 18 years and those vulnerable adults of any age who are identified to the organisers prior to their arrival at the Festival.  In recognising the needs of children who are disabled and those from any ethnic minority groups, the Festival actively seeks to meet any needs notified to the Festival by parents/guardians/carers and/or teachers.
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