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

Principal: Emily Place Tel: 07495827260 Email: info@epdance.co.uk Website: www.epdance.co.uk

Additional Guidance A: Reporting Suspected Neglect or Abuse 

Concerns regarding a child’s welfare can be reported by: 

  • Parents/carers 
  • Teachers 
  • Friends 
  • The child or young person 

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: 

  • Lifting 

  • 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. 

Principal: Emily Place Tel: 07495827260 Email: info@epdance.co.uk Website: www.epdance.co.uk

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: 

  • Seek written agreement on our registration form from parents/carers that images can be taken of their child
  • Where we have publicly displayed images at our school or on social media, parents/carers and students may withdraw their permission at any time. In such cases, the images will be removed as soon as is reasonable and without question. 
  • We ask that any parents/carers wanting to take photographs or film at our events only do so with our prior permission. Permission will only be granted on the agreement of all present.