Dorothy Temple School of Dance
Child Protection Policy
The Dorothy Temple School of Dance believes that:
The welfare of children is vital.
All children, whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious beliefs and /or sexual identity have the right to protection from abuse.
All suspicions of child abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.
We have a duty of care to safeguard all children involved in dance from harm. All children have the right to protection and the needs of disabled and others who may be particularly vulnerable must be taken into account.
This Policy relates to children under the age of 18 years as stated in the Children's Act 1989
The aim of the Dorothy Temple School of Dance Child Protection Policy is to promote good practice.
Providing children and young people with appropriate safety and protection whilst in dance classes, shows and local events.
To allow confident responses to specific child protection issues to be made.
Promoting Good Practice
Always work in an open environment
Making dance fun and enjoyable
Develop the confidence and self esteem of young people to help them achieve and enjoy.
Treating all young people equally and with respect and dignity
Always putting the welfare of each young person first.
Building balanced relationships based on mutual trust.
Keeping up to date with technical skills, qualifications and insurance.
Being an excellent role model.
Giving enthusiastic and constructive feedback.
Recognising the developmental needs and capacity of students – avoiding
excessive training and not pushing them against their will.
Keep a written account of any injuries that might occur(First aid book kept at dancing at all times)
Work closely with/inform parents of current policies and procedures to safeguard pupils.
Practices never to be Sanctioned.
Dorothy Temple School of Dance will never:
spend time alone with children away from another adult.
allow children to use inappropriate language unchallenged.
not to touch a child except as appropriate in some coaching situations.
not to take children alone in cars or to their own home
not to take mobile phones/photographic equipment into areas where children are in a state of undress.
Responding to suspicions or allegations
It is not the responsibility of the Dorothy Temple School of Dance to decide whether or not child abuse has taken place. However, there is a responsibility to act upon any concerns through contact with the appropriate agencies and community staff.
‘Photography’ refers to any images, whether moving or still including DVDs, videos and photographic prints.
Photography forms an important part of dance school life and, as a School, we like to keep a photographic record of our pupils dance-related efforts, achievements and participation in local events. At times we also provide photos for newspapers, Dorothy Temple Dance website and our Facebook page.
Video recording is mainly used for our shows, which are all professionally recorded and no footage or images are released without prior authorisation from the Principal and permission from parents/young people.
The School recognises that parents like to keep a photographic record of their child and are welcome to photograph their own child at the end of term lesson and also their practise exam class, although they are not permitted to share these images on social network sites without permission from other parents.
The School complies with all child protection legislation in relation to photography and as such always tries to ensure that the photographs are only used for the purpose intended.
Photographic permission is requested from parents.
Children are accepted for classes following completed and signed Registration Forms . Such information entered on the forms will be treated in strict confidence.
Parents are also required to give permission to take part in dance and local events.
Bullying will not be accepted or condoned. All forms of bullying will be addressed.
Bullying can include:
physical pushing, kicking, hitting, pinching etc
name calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, persistent teasing and emotional torment through ridicule, humiliation and the continual ignoring of individuals
unwanted physical contact.
Anyone who reports an incident of bullying will be listened to carefully and be supported, whether it's the child/young person being bullied or the child/young person who is bullying.
Any reported incident of bullying will be investigated objectively and will involve listening carefully to all those involved.
Children/young people being bullied will be supported and assistance given to uphold their right to train in a safe environment which allows their healthy development.
Those who bully will be supported and encouraged to stop bullying.
Parents/guardians should be advised on policies and procedures in relation to bullying.
Any incident of bullying will be discussed with the child/young person's parents/guardian.
Updated MAY 2018