Resources

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Child Performance Licences - The Essentials

This guide provides an introduction to the essential information relating to child performance licences in a festival context.

Child Protection Policy Statement

Our policy document on child protection.

Child Protection Procedures

Our procedure document for ensuring that children are kept safe at all BIFF and BIFF member events.

Child Protection Reporting Concerns Form

This document provides a template form for recording and actioning any child protection concerns at BIFF member festivals.

Choosing an Adjudicator

Useful guidance on how to choose the right adjudicator for your festival

Completing your DBS form - A Guide for Applicants

A guide to help festivals applying for DBS checks.

Creating Safer Festivals for Everyone

Our Creating Safer Festivals for Everyone document outlines the main elements of the child protection policies and procedures to which BIFF member festivals should adhere in order to ensure the safety of children at their events. This document should be included on your festival's syllabus/website.

DBS - Frequently asked questions

Frequenty asked questions about DBS checks.

Descriptors and Criteria - Dance

These are the Descriptors and revised Criteria to be used at BIFF festivals by BIFF Dance Adjudicators when giving marks or categories.

Descriptors and Criteria - Music

These are the Descriptors and revised Criteria to be used at BIFF festivals by BIFF Music Adjudicators when giving marks or categories.

Descriptors and Criteria - Speech

These are the Descriptors and revised Criteria to be used at BIFF festivals by BIFF Speech Adjudicators when giving marks or categories.

Descriptors and Criteria 2024 - Dance

New Dance Descriptors and Criteria for the new BIFF Marking Scheme.

Descriptors and Criteria 2024 - Dance - No Marks

New Dance Descriptors and Criteria for the new BIFF Marking Scheme without marks.

Descriptors and Criteria 2024 - Music

New Music Descriptors and Criteria for the new BIFF Marking Scheme.

Descriptors and Criteria 2024 - Speech & Drama

New Speech & Drama Descriptors and Criteria for the new BIFF Marking Scheme.

Engaging an Adjudicator

A useful guide on how to formally engage the services of an adjudicator at your festival.

Equal Opportunities Policy

This document outlines BIFF's policy on equal opportunities.

GDPR - A Guide for Festivals

An overview of GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) in a festival context with steps to take to ensure your festival is GDPR compliant

Guidance for Checking DBS Forms

This is a guide for DBS officers who are checking completed DBS forms and associated ID documentation.

Guidelines for Online/Virtual Festivals and Adjudication

Issue 3 updated 21st April 2021.

Guidelines for Recording Adjudications at Virtual Festivals

Guidelines for sharing recorded adjudications at virtual festivals.

Handling difficult conversations

John Walker from Peninsula Training shares ideas for using assertive communication, managing difficult conversations and techniques for dealing with conflict.

Health & Safety Policy

This document outlines BIFF's Health & Safety Policy.

How To Manage Festival Entries

A helpful guide to planning and managing entries to your festival

How to Programme A Festival

A handy guide of areas to consider when planning your festival programme.

How To Steward A Festival

A useful guide to stewarding a festival including the different stewards and their role in running a successful event.

Insurance Product Information Document 2024

An overview of the coverage offered by the 2024 Festival Liability and Loss of Money insurance package.

Investments for Festivals

A introductory guide to investments for your festival

Leaflet - Festival Child Protection

Child protection information for staff and volunteers working at Federation Festival events. This leaflet provides an overview of child protection and your broad responsibilities. It is not intended to replace the need for staff and volunteers to know the relevant policies and procedures.

Leaflet - Safe Working Practice

This is an introductory leaflet to help establish the safest possible working environments for our staff and volunteers in their work with children and young people at our Festivals. We aim to protect children and young people, and to guard against misinterpretation of behaviours and/or unfounded allegations.