Child protection policy
This policy applies to all staff, including senior managers, paid staff, volunteers, agency staff, students or anyone working on behalf of (Linda Allen School of Dance)
The purpose of this policy:
- to protect children and young people who receive (Linda Allen School of Dance) services. This includes the children of adults who use our services;
- to provide staff and volunteers with the overarching principles that guide our approach to child protection;
(Linda Allen School of Dance) believes that a child or young person should never experience abuse of any kind. We acknowledge the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and are committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice and regulatory requirements. We have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and young people and to keep them safe. We are committed to practice in a way that protects them.
We recognise that:
- the welfare of the child/young person is paramount;
- all children, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity, have the right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse;
- working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare.
- all children have a positive and enjoyable experience of dance and the associated arts with (Linda Allen School of Dance) in a safe and child centred environment and are protected from abuse whilst participating in activities provided by (Linda Allen School of Dance)
We will seek to keep children and young people safe by:
- valuing them, listening to and respecting them;
- adopting child protection practices through procedures and a code of conduct for staff and volunteers;
- developing and implementing an effective e-safety policy and related procedures;
- providing effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision, support and training;
- recruiting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made;
- sharing information about child protection and good practice with children, parents, staff and volunteers;
- sharing concerns with agencies who need to know, and involving parents and children appropriately;
- ensure that confidential, detailed and accurate records of all safeguarding concerns are maintained and securely stored.
Code of Behaviour
This behaviour code outlines the conduct expected of staff and volunteers from LINDA ALLEN SCHOOL OF DANCE and staff from other organisations who engage with children and young people through LINDA ALLEN SCHOOL OF DANCE and its activities. It has been informed by the views of children and young people.
Following this code will help to protect children from abuse and inappropriate behaviour from adults. It will also help staff and volunteers to maintain the standard of behaviour expected of them and will reduce the possibility of unfounded allegations of abuse being made against them.
Upholding this code of behaviour
All members of staff and volunteers are expected to report any breaches of this code to (Linda Allen) under the whistle-blowing procedure or, if necessary, under child protection procedures.
Staff and volunteers who breach this code of behaviour may be subject to LINDA ALLEN SCHOOL OF DANCE ‘disciplinary procedures. Any breach of the code involving a volunteer or member of staff from another agency may result in them being asked to leave LINDA ALLEN SCHOOL OF DANCE.
Serious breaches may also result in a referral being made to a statutory agency such as the police, the local authority children’s social care department and/or the Independent Safeguarding Authority.
The role of staff and volunteers
When working with children and young people for LINDA ALLEN SCHOOL OF DANCE all staff and volunteers are acting in a position of trust. It is important that staff and volunteers are aware that they may be seen as role models by children and young people, and must act in an appropriate manner at all times. When working with children and young people, it is important to:
- operate within LINDA ALLEN SCHOOL OF DANCE ‘s principles and guidance and any specific procedures;
- follow LINDA ALLEN SCHOOL OF DANCE ‘s child protection policy and procedures at all times;
- listen to and respect children at all times;
- avoid favouritism;
- treat children and young people fairly and without prejudice or discrimination;
- value and take children’s contributions seriously, actively involving children and young people in planning activities wherever possible;
- ensure any contact with children and young people is appropriate and in relation to the work of the project;
- always ensure language is appropriate and not offensive or discriminatory;
- always ensure equipment is used safely and for its intended purpose;
- provide examples of good conduct you wish children and young people to follow;
- challenge unacceptable behaviour and report all allegations/suspicions of abuse;
- be close to where others are working. If a child specifically asks for or needs some private time with you, ensure other staff should know where you and the child are;
- respect a young person’s right to personal privacy;
- encourage young people and adults to feel comfortable and caring enough to point out attitudes or behaviour they do not like;
- recognise that special caution is required when you are discussing sensitive issues with children or young people.
The role of parents and carers
LINDA ALLEN SCHOOL OF DANCE welcomes and encourages parental involvement. Parents and carers are regarded as valuable partners in promoting positive behaviour and will be involved as appropriate.
In the event of their child becoming the subject of behaviour sanctions, parents/carers will be informed and involved.
Equal opportunities policy
This policy applies to all staff and students.
The purpose of this policy:
To providing equality for all children and families to ensure that everyone may achieve his or her own potential whilst encouraging respect for others.
The basic principals:
The Linda Allen school of dance will promote the integration of children with differing needs as follows:
- Ensuring staff have access to special needs training and knowledge of appropriate disabilities.
- Provision of gender appropriate and/or ability appropriate, multi cultural music, visual aids and teaching aids.
- Ensuring children whose first language is not English are made to feel welcome and two-way communication is established by initially building a checklist of key familiar words. If needed and where possible, liaison through an interpreter may be sought; this may be through a member of the family.
- By promoting understanding and respect of all, regardless of gender, religion, disability or culture.
- Ensure that all the children regardless of gender or age have a chance to experiment with all the styles of dance.
- Monitor and evaluate policies and procedures and current practices to ensure quality of care is maintained at an optimum.
Social Media Policy
Linda Allen Dance use social media for keeping the school community up to date with what is happening in the school and also attracting potential enrolment. Having a school website is an essential part of this as is using other social media. This is important for feeding school information, news and notices directly into the personal news feeds of parents and the wider school community.
The aims of this policy:
- To deliver school news and information for parents/carers.
- To highlight positive school achievements.
- To make school announcements (e.g. school closure due to snow)
- To use social media as a means of marketing the school to a wider audience.
- To have a Twitter Feed embedded on the homepage of the school website.
- To aid communication between parents especially new or prospective parents.
- Users should not post anything on the page that could be deemed as offensive. Inappropriate or harmful comments will be removed immediately.
- Users should not engage in giving negative feedback on Facebook, it is more appropriate to deal with the school directly on such matters.
- Users will not mention individual students or adults in a negative light on Linda Allen Dance social media pages.
- Users should not add comments that can identify children.
Points to Note
Facebook lists a minimum age requirement of 13, and all parents are reminded that children under the age of 13 should not have a Facebook account
All Policies – Review date: August 2021