Wells School of Dancing
© The Wells School of Dancing
Child Protection & Safeguarding Policy Our mission at Wells School of Dancing is to maintain a high standard of tuition at affordable prices whilst providing a safe learning environment for all of our students. We at Wells School of Dancing recognise that the welfare of the child is paramount (Children Act 1989) and we have an explicit duty to safeguard and protect children from abuse as defined in the Children Act 2004 and the Education Act 2002. The Health and Safety Act 1974 also imposes a duty on staff to take care of themselves and anyone else who may be affected by their actions or failings.
This   policy   applies   to   all   paid   staff,   volunteers,   sessional   workers,   agency   staff,   students   or   anyone   working   on   behalf   of   Wells   School   of Dancing. For the purpose of this policy, personnel  refers to any person employed by the school, sessional workers or volunteers. The purpose of this policy is: to protect children and young people who receive services from Wells School of Dancing. to provide personnel with the overarching principle that guide our approach to safeguarding and child protection. Wells   School   of   Dancing   believes   that   a   child   or   young   person   should   never   experience   abuse   of   any   kind.   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   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 practices and legislative requirements. This   policy   recognises   that   the   welfare   and   interests   of   children   are   paramount   in   all   circumstances.   It   aims   to   ensure   that   regardless   of   age, ability or disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation, socio-economic background, all children: have a positive and enjoyable experience at Wells School of Dancing in a safe and child centred environment. are   protected   from   abuse   whilst   participating   in   any   of   our   classes,   workshops,   shows   or   any   other   activity   provide   by   Wells   School   of Dancing. Wells   School   of   Dancing   acknowledges   that   some   children,   including   disabled   children   and   young   people   or   those   from   ethnic   minority communities,   can   be   particularly   vulnerable   to   abuse   and   we   accept   the   responsibility   to   take   reasonable   and   appropriate   steps   to   ensure their welfare.   As part of our safeguarding policy Wells School of Dancing will: promote and prioritise the safety and wellbeing of children and young people, including valuing, listening to and respecting them. ensure   everyone   representing   Wells   School   of   Dancing   understands   their   roles   and   responsibilities   in   respect   of   safeguarding   and   is provided   with   appropriate   learning   opportunities   to   recognise,   identify   and   respond   to   signs   of   abuse,   neglect   and   other   safeguarding concerns relating to children and young people. ensure   appropriate   action   is   taken   in   the   event   of   incidents/concerns   of   abuse   and   support   provided   to   the   individual/s   who   raise   or disclose the concern. ensure that confidential, detailed and accurate records of all safeguarding concerns are maintained and securely stored. prevent   the   use   of   unsuitable   individuals   through   the   robust   use   of   Disclosure   and   Barring   arrangements   within   the   UK   and   the application of best practice in the safe recruitment of personnel working with children and young people. ensure robust safeguarding arrangements and procedures are in operation. The   policy   and   procedures   will   be   promoted   and   are   mandatory   for   everyone   involved   in   Wells   School   of   Dancing.   Failure   to   comply   with   the policy and procedures will be addressed without delay and may ultimately result in dismissal/exclusion from the organisation. Monitoring The policy will be reviewed a year after development and then every three years, or in the following circumstances: changes in legislation and/or government guidance. as a result of any other significant change or event. In Practice Sarah   Wells    (the   Principal   of   Wells   School   of   Dancing)   is   responsible   for   the   Safeguarding   of   Children   and   will   deal   with   any   Child   Protection issues   that   may   arise.   The   Principal   will   ensure   that   she   is   knowledgeable   about   child   protection   and   will   undertake   any   training   considered necessary to keep her updated on new developments. The Principal is the link between the members of the public and personnel and will: be   an   advisor   to   all   organisation   and   freelance   staff   or   volunteers   working   with   Wells   School   of   Dancing   on   best   practice   in   regard   to the child protection policy. agree incident reporting procedures. keep records of incidents and reports, together with any other relevant information. report   incidents   to   the   Statutory   Authorities   and   ensure   that   appropriate   information   is   available   at   the   time   of   referral   and   that   the referral is confirmed in writing and is confidential. ensure that individual case records are maintained of any complaint, injury or action taken by the organisation. Everyone at Wells School of Dancing shares an objective to help keep children safe by: providing   a   secure   environment   to   learn   in   where   every   pupil   feels   valued   and   able   to   articulate   their   wishes   and   feelings   in   their preferred method of communication in an atmosphere of acceptance and trust. identifying and responding to children in need of support and / or protection. supporting children’s development in ways which will foster a sense of self-esteem and independence. We   at   Wells   School   of   Dancing   endeavour   to   ensure   that   children   are   protected   from   harm   while   they   visit   or   are   attending   classes.   We   will do this by: ensuring   all   our   personnel   are   appropriately   trained   in   issues   of   child   protection   and   undergo   an   Enhanced   Disclosure   and   Barring Service check (formerly known as a CRB check). establishing and maintaining an ethos where children and young people feel secure, are encourage to talk and are listened to. taking all reasonable steps to ensure the health, safety and welfare of any child in contact with us. taking   all   reasonable   steps   to   prevent   any   personnel   or   member   of   the   public   from   putting   any   child   in   a   situation   in   which   there   is   an unreasonable risk to their health and safety. reporting to the Principal any incidents relating to child protection. referring to statutory authorities all incidents reported to the Principal. everyone working or applying to work for Wells School of Dancing is made aware of our safeguarding policy. Copies of the policy will be held by the Principal and are also available in our Studio and on our website. General Duties for ALL Personnel In regard to the safety and welfare of children accessing our services, all personnel are required to: undergo an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check. take all reasonable steps to protect children from hazards. strictly observe the code of behaviour in this document. take appropriate action if an accident occurs. take all reasonable steps to prevent abuse of children in contact with anyone within the organisation. report any incident or suspicion of abuse. Roles and Responsibilities for ALL Personnel 1 . Safety of participants and personnel is of prime consideration at all times. 2 . All accidents involving anyone should be recorded in the accident book immediately or as soon as practicably possible. 3 . Personnel    are    responsible    for    familiarising    themselves    with    building/facility    safety    issues,    such    as,    fire    procedures,    location    of emergency exits, location of emergency telephones and first aid equipment. 4 . Personnel are responsible for reporting suspected cases of child abuse to the Principal and/or agencies. 5 . Appropriate   Personnel   have   access   to   parent   consent/emergency   contact   forms   for   all   children   taking   part   in   any   activities   (this information is confidential and kept in a secure place in keeping with Data Protection Act 1998) . 6 . Personnel are expected to promote, demonstrate and incorporate the values of fair play, trust and ethics throughout their classes Code of Conduct for ALL Personnel All personnel must observe the following Do’s and Don’ts   for Working with Children. DO: Behave professionally Listen to children Treat everyone with respect Communicate at an appropriate level Be aware of policy and procedures Report any suspicions within our guidelines Be aware, approachable and understanding DO NOT: Harm a child or frighten a child Touch inappropriately Use inappropriate language Threaten, shout or be aggressive Force a child to do something they do not want to do Mistreat, demean, ignore, or make fun of Show favouritism to any one individual or groups of individuals Let a child expose him/herself to danger Make racist, sexist or any other remark which upsets or humiliates Take photos of children without permission You   have   a   strict   duty   never   to   subject   any   child   to   any   form   of   harm   or   abuse.   Failure   to   adhere   to   these   procedures   will   be   treated   as   gross misconduct. Photographing Children Photographs   of   children   should   only   be   used   if   written   consent   has   been   obtained   from   a   parent,   guardian   or   has   been   authorised   by   the Principal.   General   group   photographs   may   be   used   if   no   individual   can   be   identified   by   reason   of   any   attached   data.   Permission   should   be obtained firstly to take the photograph and secondly for permission from the parent if the photograph is to be reproduced. What to do if an accident occurs Depending   on   your   judgment   of   the   situation,   go   to   the   scene   immediately   if   possible   and/or   summon   First   Aid   assistance   and/or   contact the   emergency   services.   With   children   it   can   be   hard   to   assess   whether   they   have   been   injured   or   the   extent   of   the   seriousness   of   an   injury. If   you   have   any   doubt   about   this,   you   should   err   on   the   side   of   caution   and   contact   the   emergency   services.   Even   if   a   child   is   accompanied and   you   think   an   accident   is   not   being   treated   seriously   enough,   get   medical   assistance   on   your   own   initiative   if   necessary.   All   accidents should be reported in the accident book. First Aid First   Aid   should   not   be   administered   without   the   permission   of   the   child’s   parent   or   accompanying   adult.   A   child   cannot   give   consent.   If   the parent   is   not   at   the   premises,   obtain   their   phone   number   and   try   and   make   contact.   However,   if   a   child   is   alone   and   seriously   injured   or unconscious, the situation will need to be dealt with immediately. If at all possible, treatment should only be given by a trained First Aider. Provided   this   does   not   in   itself   put   the   child   at   risk,   always   try   to   administer   First   Aid   with   another   adult   present.   Always   tell   the   child   exactly what you are doing and why. Unless   it   is   irrelevant,   ask   the   child   if   they   use   medication   (e.g.   for   asthma,   diabetes,   and   epilepsy)   or   have   any   allergies.   Some   children   have allergic reactions to stings. For   minor   injuries,   you   may   not   offer   any   medication,   including   antiseptics   or   pills   of   any   kind.   If   you   have   any   doubts   about   helping someone to use their own medication, seek the advice of the parents/guardian or contact the NHS helpline on 111. Any   treatment   should   be   as   little   as   necessary   without   threatening   the   child’s   wellbeing.If   a   child   comes   to   you   for   comfort   because   of   a minor accident or fright, it is acceptable with the Code of Behaviour to hold their hand or put your arm around them. Just ensure: you know about any injury and do nothing to make it worse physical contact is what the child wants, and the kind of contact between you is appropriate to their age and stage of development you do your best to stay in sight of other adults If a child needs a doctor or hospital, call the emergency services. It   is   nearly   always   best   to   stay   with   them   and   wait   for   the   ambulance.   You   should   only   take   the   risk   of   bringing   in   the   child   yourself   if   the emergency services ask you to do so because of exceptional circumstances. DBS Disclosure All   personnel   including   teachers,   sessional   workers,   administrational   and   ancillary   staff   will   undertake   an   Enhanced   DBS   disclosure   which   will be   kept   up-to-date.   It   is   the   Principal’s   responsibility   to   view   the   contents   of   the   Enhanced   DBS   disclosure   and   make   a   decision   about whether that person should be excluded from working with young people within their organisation. Admission Procedures A register of names, addresses, next of kin and contact addresses and telephone numbers for emergencies will be kept. Parents   or   carers,   and   where   appropriate   older   children,   will   be   given   a   copy   of   a   written   statement   which   specifies   the   action   which   will   be taken   in   the   event   of   a   child   becoming   ill   or   being   injured   and   which   indicates   that   any   information   which   suggests   that   a   child   has   been abused will be passed on to the Social Services Department and/or the police. Sources of Further Information The   government   inter-agency   statutory   guidance   booklet   ‘Working   together   to   safeguard   children’   is   available   from   the   Home   Office   website at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/working-together-to-safeguard-children--2   The   NSPCC   is   a   registered   charity   established   to   prevent   cruelty   to   children.Help   line   for   the   NSPCC   is   0808   800   5000   or   further   information and resources available on their website at https://www.nspcc.org.uk Contact Details Designated Safeguarding Officer (DSO) Sarah Wells Principal 07767 790970 01375 643574 office@wellsschool.co.uk Deputy DSO(s) Rula Merrell School Administrator 07507 246437 admin@wellsschool.co.uk
Wells School of Dancing
© The Wells School of Dancing
Our mission at Wells School of Dancing is to maintain a high standard of tuition at affordable prices whilst providing a safe learning environment for all of our students. We at Wells School of Dancing recognise that the welfare of the child is paramount (Children Act 1989) and we have an explicit duty to safeguard and protect children from abuse as defined in the Children Act 2004 and the Education Act 2002. The Health and Safety Act 1974 also imposes a duty on staff to take care of themselves and anyone else who may be affected by their actions or failings.
This   policy   applies   to   all   paid   staff,   volunteers,   sessional   workers, agency   staff,   students   or   anyone   working   on   behalf   of   Wells   School of Dancing. For    the    purpose    of    this    policy,    personnel     refers    to    any    person employed by the school, sessional workers or volunteers. The purpose of this policy is: to    protect    children    and    young    people    who    receive    services from Wells School of Dancing. to   provide   personnel   with   the   overarching   principle   that   guide our approach to safeguarding and child protection. Wells   School   of   Dancing   believes   that   a   child   or   young   person   should never   experience   abuse   of   any   kind.   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   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 practices and legislative requirements. This   policy   recognises   that   the   welfare   and   interests   of   children   are paramount   in   all   circumstances.   It   aims   to   ensure   that   regardless   of age,    ability    or    disability,    gender,    racial    heritage,    religious    belief, sexual orientation, socio-economic background, all children: have   a   positive   and   enjoyable   experience   at   Wells   School   of Dancing in a safe and child centred environment. are   protected   from   abuse   whilst   participating   in   any   of   our classes,    workshops,    shows    or    any    other    activity    provide    by Wells School of Dancing. Wells   School   of   Dancing   acknowledges   that   some   children,   including disabled   children   and   young   people   or   those   from   ethnic   minority communities,   can   be   particularly   vulnerable   to   abuse   and   we   accept the    responsibility    to    take    reasonable    and    appropriate    steps    to ensure their welfare.   As part of our safeguarding policy Wells School of Dancing will: promote   and   prioritise   the   safety   and   wellbeing   of   children and     young     people,     including     valuing,     listening     to     and respecting them. ensure     everyone     representing     Wells     School     of     Dancing understands    their    roles    and    responsibilities    in    respect    of safeguarding     and     is     provided     with     appropriate     learning opportunities   to   recognise,   identify   and   respond   to   signs   of abuse,    neglect    and    other    safeguarding    concerns    relating    to children and young people. ensure      appropriate      action      is      taken      in      the      event      of incidents/concerns    of    abuse    and    support    provided    to    the individual/s who raise or disclose the concern. ensure   that   confidential,   detailed   and   accurate   records   of   all safeguarding concerns are maintained and securely stored. prevent   the   use   of   unsuitable   individuals   through   the   robust use   of   Disclosure   and   Barring   arrangements   within   the   UK   and the    application    of    best    practice    in    the    safe    recruitment    of personnel working with children and young people. ensure   robust   safeguarding   arrangements   and   procedures   are in operation. The   policy   and   procedures   will   be   promoted   and   are   mandatory   for everyone   involved   in   Wells   School   of   Dancing.   Failure   to   comply   with the   policy   and   procedures   will   be   addressed   without   delay   and   may ultimately result in dismissal/exclusion from the organisation. Monitoring The   policy   will   be   reviewed   a   year   after   development   and   then   every three years, or in the following circumstances: changes in legislation and/or government guidance. as a result of any other significant change or event. In Practice Sarah   Wells    (the   Principal   of   Wells   School   of   Dancing)   is   responsible for    the    Safeguarding    of    Children    and    will    deal    with    any    Child Protection   issues   that   may   arise.   The   Principal   will   ensure   that   she   is knowledgeable    about    child    protection    and    will    undertake    any training     considered     necessary     to     keep     her     updated     on     new developments. The   Principal   is   the   link   between   the   members   of   the   public   and personnel and will: be    an    advisor    to    all    organisation    and    freelance    staff    or volunteers    working    with    Wells    School    of    Dancing    on    best practice in regard to the child protection policy. agree incident reporting procedures. keep   records   of   incidents   and   reports,   together   with   any   other relevant information. report   incidents   to   the   Statutory   Authorities   and   ensure   that appropriate   information   is   available   at   the   time   of   referral   and that the referral is confirmed in writing and is confidential. ensure    that    individual    case    records    are    maintained    of    any complaint, injury or action taken by the organisation. Everyone   at   Wells   School   of   Dancing   shares   an   objective   to   help keep children safe by: providing   a   secure   environment   to   learn   in   where   every   pupil feels   valued   and   able   to   articulate   their   wishes   and   feelings   in their   preferred   method   of   communication   in   an   atmosphere   of acceptance and trust. identifying   and   responding   to   children   in   need   of   support   and   / or protection. supporting   children’s   development   in   ways   which   will   foster   a sense of self-esteem and independence. We   at   Wells   School   of   Dancing   endeavour   to   ensure   that   children   are protected   from   harm   while   they   visit   or   are   attending   classes.   We   will do this by: ensuring   all   our   personnel   are   appropriately   trained   in   issues of   child   protection   and   undergo   an   Enhanced   Disclosure   and Barring Service check (formerly known as a CRB check). establishing    and    maintaining    an    ethos    where    children    and young    people    feel    secure,    are    encourage    to    talk    and    are listened to. taking   all   reasonable   steps   to   ensure   the   health,   safety   and welfare of any child in contact with us. taking    all    reasonable    steps    to    prevent    any    personnel    or member   of   the   public   from   putting   any   child   in   a   situation   in which there is an unreasonable risk to their health and safety. reporting    to    the    Principal    any    incidents    relating    to    child protection. referring   to   statutory   authorities   all   incidents   reported   to   the Principal. everyone    working    or    applying    to    work    for    Wells    School    of Dancing is made aware of our safeguarding policy. Copies   of   the   policy   will   be   held   by   the   Principal   and   are   also available in our Studio and on our website. General Duties for ALL Personnel In    regard    to    the    safety    and    welfare    of    children    accessing    our services, all personnel are required to: undergo an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check. take all reasonable steps to protect children from hazards. strictly observe the code of behaviour in this document. take appropriate action if an accident occurs. take    all    reasonable    steps    to    prevent    abuse    of    children    in contact with anyone within the organisation. report any incident or suspicion of abuse. Roles and Responsibilities for ALL Personnel 1 . Safety   of   participants   and   personnel   is   of   prime   consideration at all times. 2 . All    accidents    involving    anyone    should    be    recorded    in    the accident book immediately or as soon as practicably possible. 3 . Personnel    are    responsible    for    familiarising    themselves    with building/facility   safety   issues,   such   as,   fire   procedures,   location of   emergency   exits,   location   of   emergency   telephones   and   first aid equipment. 4 . Personnel    are    responsible    for    reporting    suspected    cases    of child abuse to the Principal and/or agencies. 5 . Appropriate         Personnel         have         access         to         parent consent/emergency   contact   forms   for   all   children   taking   part in   any   activities   (this   information   is   confidential   and   kept   in   a secure place in keeping with Data Protection Act 1998) . 6 . Personnel     are     expected     to     promote,     demonstrate     and incorporate   the   values   of   fair   play,   trust   and   ethics   throughout their classes Code of Conduct for ALL Personnel All    personnel    must    observe    the    following    Do’s    and    Don’ts     for Working with Children. DO: Behave professionally Listen to children Treat everyone with respect Communicate at an appropriate level Be aware of policy and procedures Report any suspicions within our guidelines Be aware, approachable and understanding DO NOT: Harm a child or frighten a child Touch inappropriately Use inappropriate language Threaten, shout or be aggressive Force a child to do something they do not want to do Mistreat, demean, ignore, or make fun of Show favouritism to any one individual or groups of individuals Let a child expose him/herself to danger Make    racist,    sexist    or    any    other    remark    which    upsets    or humiliates Take photos of children without permission You   have   a   strict   duty   never   to   subject   any   child   to   any   form   of   harm or   abuse.   Failure   to   adhere   to   these   procedures   will   be   treated   as gross misconduct. Photographing Children Photographs   of   children   should   only   be   used   if   written   consent   has been   obtained   from   a   parent,   guardian   or   has   been   authorised   by the    Principal.    General    group    photographs    may    be    used    if    no individual    can    be    identified    by    reason    of    any    attached    data. Permission   should   be   obtained   firstly   to   take   the   photograph   and secondly   for   permission   from   the   parent   if   the   photograph   is   to   be reproduced. What to do if an accident occurs Depending    on    your    judgment    of    the    situation,    go    to    the    scene immediately   if   possible   and/or   summon   First   Aid   assistance   and/or contact    the    emergency    services.    With    children    it    can    be    hard    to assess    whether    they    have    been    injured    or    the    extent    of    the seriousness    of    an    injury.    If    you    have    any    doubt    about    this,    you should    err    on    the    side    of    caution    and    contact    the    emergency services.   Even   if   a   child   is   accompanied   and   you   think   an   accident   is not   being   treated   seriously   enough,   get   medical   assistance   on   your own   initiative   if   necessary.   All   accidents   should   be   reported   in   the accident book. First Aid First   Aid   should   not   be   administered   without   the   permission   of   the child’s   parent   or   accompanying   adult.   A   child   cannot   give   consent.   If the   parent   is   not   at   the   premises,   obtain   their   phone   number   and   try and   make   contact.   However,   if   a   child   is   alone   and   seriously   injured or   unconscious,   the   situation   will   need   to   be   dealt   with   immediately. If   at   all   possible,   treatment   should   only   be   given   by   a   trained   First Aider. Provided   this   does   not   in   itself   put   the   child   at   risk,   always   try   to administer   First   Aid   with   another   adult   present.   Always   tell   the   child exactly what you are doing and why. Unless   it   is   irrelevant,   ask   the   child   if   they   use   medication   (e.g.   for asthma,   diabetes,   and   epilepsy)   or   have   any   allergies.   Some   children have allergic reactions to stings. For    minor    injuries,    you    may    not    offer    any    medication,    including antiseptics   or   pills   of   any   kind.   If   you   have   any   doubts   about   helping someone    to    use    their    own    medication,    seek    the    advice    of    the parents/guardian or contact the NHS helpline on 111. Any   treatment   should   be   as   little   as   necessary   without   threatening the   child’s   wellbeing.If   a   child   comes   to   you   for   comfort   because   of   a minor   accident   or   fright,   it   is   acceptable   with   the   Code   of   Behaviour to hold their hand or put your arm around them. Just ensure: you know about any injury and do nothing to make it worse physical    contact    is    what    the    child    wants,    and    the    kind    of contact   between   you   is   appropriate   to   their   age   and   stage   of development you do your best to stay in sight of other adults If a child needs a doctor or hospital, call the emergency services. It    is    nearly    always    best    to    stay    with    them    and    wait    for    the ambulance.   You   should   only   take   the   risk   of   bringing   in   the   child yourself    if    the    emergency    services    ask    you    to    do    so    because    of exceptional circumstances. DBS Disclosure All   personnel   including   teachers,   sessional   workers,   administrational and   ancillary   staff   will   undertake   an   Enhanced   DBS   disclosure   which will   be   kept   up-to-date.   It   is   the   Principal’s   responsibility   to   view   the contents   of   the   Enhanced   DBS   disclosure   and   make   a   decision   about whether   that   person   should   be   excluded   from   working   with   young people within their organisation. Admission Procedures A   register   of   names,   addresses,   next   of   kin   and   contact   addresses and telephone numbers for emergencies will be kept. Parents    or    carers,    and    where    appropriate    older    children,    will    be given   a   copy   of   a   written   statement   which   specifies   the   action   which will   be   taken   in   the   event   of   a   child   becoming   ill   or   being   injured   and which   indicates   that   any   information   which   suggests   that   a   child   has been   abused   will   be   passed   on   to   the   Social   Services   Department and/or the police. Sources of Further Information The   government   inter-agency   statutory   guidance   booklet   ‘Working together   to   safeguard   children’   is   available   from   the   Home   Office website         at         https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/working- together-to-safeguard-children--2   The   NSPCC   is   a   registered   charity   established   to   prevent   cruelty   to children.Help    line    for    the    NSPCC    is    0808    800    5000    or    further information      and      resources      available      on      their      website      at https://www.nspcc.org.uk Contact Details Designated Safeguarding Officer (DSO) Sarah Wells Principal 07767 790970 01375 643574 office@wellsschool.co.uk Deputy DSO(s) Rula Merrell School Administrator 07507 246437 admin@wellsschool.co.uk
Child Protection & Safeguarding Policy