Board Commitment to Safeguarding at the Old Royal Naval College

The Old Royal Naval College is Sir Christopher Wren’s riverside masterpiece: a famous British landmark which encompasses some of the finest buildings in the world. Our goal is to be a place which creates rich and memorable experiences: an extraordinary cultural destination which inspires local pride and world-wide acclaim. Located within the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site, the Old Royal Naval College is one of Britain’s most visited attractions.

Old Royal Naval College has ambitious plans to broaden audience engagement across school visits, young people and groups with special access needs, such as those with autism and people with hearing and sight loss. Our team are committed to pioneering approaches to inclusive access and curating relevant and popular events and experiences. To enable this, partnerships with community organisations and education providers are critical as we work to champion diversity in outreach and in perspectives. Our ambitions for creating inclusive experiences do not centre round a few key members of staff delivering bespoke events. They include our entire front of house team, thereby ensuring we consistently meet the needs of all our audiences and that accessible visits are an embedded feature of all experiences to the Old Royal Naval College.

Our safeguarding responsibilities cover young and all vulnerable people and we are committed to delivering safeguarding excellence consistently, recognising that young and vulnerable people engage with our site, team, partners and providers in a number of different ways. We believe that the welfare of children and vulnerable adults is paramount, and that all children and vulnerable adults, whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, racial origin, religious beliefs or sexual identity have the right to protection.

We will ensure that all concerns and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and that staff and volunteers feel confident about how to respond to suspicious behaviour or of allegations of abuse. All staff, volunteers, associates and trustees whose roles include participation with young and vulnerable people will be trained appropriately.