Child Protection Policy

Child Protection Policy

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 at all times, and volunteers during performance times, and covers children under the age of 18 and 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 and relevant organisations

  • -  Share our policy with all staff, parents 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 whenin our care

  • -  Seek permission from parents 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 nominated member of staff, local authority

    safe guarding team or police

  • -  ensure this policy is regularly updated

  • Teaching dance is a physical activity and a teacher will sometimes need to make physical contact with a student to show and idea or to correct the student’s position. This can include:
    - Lifting

    - Adjusting arms, legs, ribs 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 recognise that taking images of students in our care may not always be appropriate and that some parents and children may not want images taken at any time. Therefore, before taking images of a child or young person, we will:

    - Make clear to the child and parent where and when the image will be taken - clearly identify the person who will be taking the image

  • -  Explain how the image will be used, e.g. whether it will be displayed on social media or printed to be displayed at the school

  • -  Seek written agreement upon registration with the school from parents that images can be taken of their child

    Where we have publicly displayed images at our school or on social media, parents 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 parent 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.

     

  • This policy was last reviewed on 26/7/2020

    Name - Christine May    Job title - Principle