We believe that no child or young person should be the subject of neglectful or abusive behaviour.
We will promote and maintain the welfare of every child in our care and seek to protect them from harm regardless of race, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief or any other form of identity or creed. We will create a safe and welcoming environment for all.
This policy applies to all our staff and volunteers and covers children under the age of 18 and/or vulnerable adults under the age of 24.
To protect children and young people in our care, we will:
· Value and respect children and listen to what they have to say
Work with children, parents/carers and relevant organisations
Share our policy with all staff, parents/carers and students
Ensure all required checks are made when hiring staff and that those in regular contact with children hold a current DBS check
Provide appropriate training and support to all staff
Take responsibility for children and young people’s safety when in our care
Seek permission from parents/carers before taking images (photographs or film) of students and inform them how and where the images will be used
Report suspected neglect or abuse to the designated member of staff, relevant organisation, or police
Ensure that this policy is regularly updated
This policy was last reviewed on 23/03/2021
Name: Miss Emily Place
Job Title: Principal & Designated Safeguarding Lead
Additional Guidance A: Reporting Suspected Neglect or Abuse
Concerns regarding a child’s welfare can be reported by:
All allegations of neglect or abuse will be taken seriously. If a concern is reported directly by the child or young person we will not seek to disagree, ask probing or leading questions, or do anything else which may discourage them.
We will make clear that reported concerns cannot be kept confidential but will need to be shared with the designated member of staff or external organisation. Parents/carers will also be involved if appropriate.
We recognise that early action is vital. Any concerns will be reported immediately.
If the child or young person is in immediate danger of harm, we will contact the police on 999, 101 or 01622 690690.
Additional Guidance B: Appropriate Physical Contact in Dance
Teaching dance is a physical activity and a teacher will sometimes need to make physical contact with a student to show an idea or to correct the student’s position. This can include:
Adjusting arms, legs, rib cage, hips, feet, hands
Moving one student in relation to another
Where contact is needed, we will remain sensitive to the student’s wishes and put their welfare first. In all cases, we will say why and how we will be correcting the student’s position before making any contact.
We encourage students to report any concerns.
Additional Guidance C: Chaperoning Children at Dance Events
When chaperoning students at an event, we will:
Provide parents/carers and students with information about what the event is for
Provide parents/carers and students with the full address of the event
In cases where the event is taking place in a large building, we will also give the room or studio number where possible
Ask parents/carers and students for their contact details in case of emergency
Have a clear idea of how students will be cared for while at the event
We will ensure that chaperones hold all required checks and licences and are aware of our Child Protection Policy.
Additional Guidance D: Use of Photographs and Film of Children
We recognise that some children and parents/carers may not want images taken at any time. Therefore we will: