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Child Protection Policy

Child Protection Policy

  1. It is the policy of Freestyle to provide an efficient, up to date, enjoyable and safe instruction in dance to all pupils who enrol in the school or join in the classes or activities.

  2. If smoking is permitted it will be restricted to areas where ventilation is adequate and to which young children will not be admitted. Smoking is prohibited in all of our dance studios.

  3. No child may be videoed or photographed without the prior consent of a parent or guardian.

  4. No staff will knowingly be employed who have a criminal record child molestation. Checks will be made with the Protection of Children Act list and the DFEE list 99 and if the applicant is recorded on either s/he will not be employed in a position that involves dealing with children.

  5. Suitably qualified persons will be employed in a teaching capacity, whilst engaged to assist with teaching will work only under the supervision of a qualified member of staff; not withstanding any emergency arrangements that may be necessary.

  6. In the event of activities outside the school premises the instructors will regard themselves as being in “loco parentis” and, so far as applicable and within their control, apply the preceding and subsequent guidelines as if the event was in their own studio.

  7. The school principals will ensure that they and the members of staff are properly covered against involving public liability and professional negligence insurance.

  8. No form of discrimination or bullying, by age, culture, ability, gender, language, racial origin, religious beliefs and/or sexual identity, will be tolerated in the school. This applies to all parents, pupils and members of staff.

  9. At all times, staff will endeavour to keep to the highest standards of instruction and behaviour, the school principals retain the right discharge from the school any pupil or parent who is disruptive or abusive or otherwise acting in a manner unacceptable for the smooth running and harmony of the Academy.

ABUSE AND POOR PRACTICE

All members of freestyle should be made aware of their individual responsibility to safeguard children and If you see or suspect abuse of a child while in the care of freestyle members should note the following: a) Your concern should be made known to the freestyle principle.   b) You should treat the matter seriously and keep an open mind;  c)  You should make a written record of the information (where possible in the child’s own words), including the time, date and place of incident(s), persons present and what was said;

 If an allegation is made against any member of freestyle, basic preliminary enquiries or checks will be undertaken by the freestyle principle  to establish whether the allegation is possible.  These officers will advise whether etc., the membership and activities of that individual should be suspended immediately and they will be responsible for contacting the Essex Children’s Safeguarding Service for further advice.  If suspended, the individual will be excluded from the theatre, rehearsal rooms etc. and will not have any unsupervised contact with any other children in the production.

DISCLOSURE OF ABUSE (Best Practice)

If a child confides in us as members of freestyle that abuse has taken place.

1) Remain calm and in control but we will not delay taking action.

2) We will Listen carefully to what has been said.  Allow the child to tell us at their own pace

 3) Ask questions only for clarification.  Dont ask questions that suggest a particular answer.

4) Don’t promise to keep it a secret.  Use the first opportunity we have to share the information with the person with responsibility for child protection.  Make it clear to the child that you will need to share this information with others.  Make it clear that we will only tell the people who need to know and who should be able to help.

5) Reassure the child that ‘they did the right thing’ in telling someone.

6) Tell the child what we are going to do next.

7) Speak immediately to the person with responsibility for child protection.  It is that person’s responsibility to liaise with the relevant authorities, usually social services or the police.

8) As soon as possible after the disclosing conversation, make a note of what was said, using the child’s own words.  Note the date, time, any names that were involved or mentioned, and who you gave the information to.  Make sure you sign and date your record.

REGARDING HEALTH AND SAFETY

  1. All instruction will be geared to the previous experience of the pupil(s) and no person will be required to perform movements beyond their intrinsic capabilities.

  2. Teachers will, at all times, supervise any lifts or movements that could be potentially dangerous. They will not teach movements or actions outside of their qualified areas.

  3. All members of staff at the school reserve the right, based on their professional judgement, to exclude any pupil(s) from an activity who may be at risk to themselves or others, in regards to Health and Safety, due to injury or harm be it mental or physical.

  4. All pupils involved in activities or classes should follow the health and safety guidelines regarding appropriate clothing. This information can be gained from any teacher.

  5. Any incidents or accidents that occur during a School exercise or in class etc to staff or pupils will be reported to parents or guardians of the individual.

REGARDING FACILITIES AND EQUIPMENT

  1. The premises and equipment will be checked regularly for any defects or faults that may exist or that have developed which may prevent hazard to anyone attending the premises.

  2. The premises will be cleaned regularly to prevent any hazard to health from accumulation of dirt or rubbish.

  3. Changing facilities will be provided where possible.

  4. Any hired establishments will be checked for suitability prior to any activity being held there.

REGARDING TEACHER-PUPIL RELATIONSHIPS

  1. Normally no member of staff will be alone with a young pupil for any substantial period of time without the implicit consent of a parent or authorised person. I.e. for private tuition.

  2. Teachers will make every effort to avoid unnecessary physical contact with pupils. However, parents should understand that many aspects of teaching dance involve some contact. Where it is necessary teachers will use the utmost discretion and, in any event, not do so without another adult in the room, or with the parents understanding.

REGARDING THE COLLECTION OF PUPILS

  1. No young pupil will be allowed to leave the premises until collected by a parent, guardian or other authorised adult. A member of staff will remain on the premises until all pupils are collected. Our responsibility passes to that adult when the child has left the premises.

  2. Pupils waiting to be collected must wait inside the premises where they can be appropriately supervised if the teacher has to continue teaching after that pupil’s tuition has ended.

REGARDING PERSONAL DETAILS

  1. Contact details are requested upon enrolment so that we can further any necessary information or contact an adult in the event of an emergency.

  2. All details that you provide us with are for Freestyle use only and will not be shared with any outside organisation or person(s) that are not employed by the School.

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