RND Academy of Dance
Health & Safety Policy
Child Protection Policy
Child Protection Policy
Razzle N Dazzle Academy of Dance believes that:
Ÿ      The welfare of children is paramount.

All children, whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious beliefs and/or sexual identity have the right to protection from abuse.
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All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.
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All staff (paid/voluntary) working within Razzle N Dazzle Academy of Dance has a responsibility to report concerns to the appropriate officer (Nichola Thomas).
 
Policy Statement
Ÿ      RND Academy of Dance has a duty of care to safeguard all children involved in dance from harm.
Ÿ      All children have a right to protection.
Ÿ      We will ensure the safety and protection of all children involved in dance.
     Ÿ A child is defined as anyone under the age of 18 (The Children Act 1989).
 

Policy Aims
Ÿ      The aim of the RND Child Protection Policy is:
- To promote good practice.
     Ÿ - To provide children and young people with appropriate safety and protection whilst in the care of RND Academy of Dance.
Ÿ      - Allow all staff/volunteers to make informed and confident responses to specific child protection issues
      
   
  
Promoting good practice
     RND Academy of Dance will encourage the following:

     Ÿ Always working in an open environment (e.g. avoid private or unobserved situations and
encouraging an open environment i.e. no secrets)

Ÿ      Treating all young people/disabled adults equally, and with respect and dignity.

      Always putting the welfare of each young person first, before winning or achieving goals.

Ÿ      Maintaining a safe and appropriate distance with dancers (e.g. it is not appropriate to have an
intimate relationship with a child or to share a room with them)

Ÿ      Building balanced relationships based on mutual trust which empowers children to share in the
decision making process.

Ÿ      Making dance fun, enjoyable and promoting fair play.

Ÿ      Ensuring that if any form of manual/physical support is required, it should be provided openly and
according to guidelines provided by the IDTA. Young people should always be consulted and
their agreement gained.

Ÿ      Keeping up to date with the technical skills, qualifications and insurance in dance.
Ÿ      Involving parents/carers wherever possible (e.g. for the responsibility of their children in the
changing rooms).

Ÿ      If groups have to be supervised in the changing rooms, always ensure parents/teachers/coaches/
officials work in pairs.

Ÿ      Being an excellent role model.

Ÿ      Giving enthusiastic and constructive feedback rather than negative criticism.

Ÿ      Securing parental consent in writing, to act in loco parentis, if the need arises to give permission
for the administration of emergency first aid and/or other medical treatment.
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Written records of any injury that occurs, along with the details of any treatment given.


           Practice to be avoided
       
The following should be avoided except in emergencies:
 
Ÿ      Avoid spending excessive amounts of time alone with children away from others.

Ÿ      Avoid taking children to your home where they will be alone with you.

                             
                              
Practice never to be sanctioned
                       The following should never be sanctioned. You should never:

Ÿ      Engage in rough or physical games.

Ÿ      Allow or engage in any form of inappropriate touching.

Ÿ      Allow children to use inappropriate language unchallenged.

Ÿ      Reduce a child to tears as a form of control.

Ÿ      Allow allegations made by a child to go unchallenged, unrecorded or not acted upon.

 

R
achael Coles, Nichola Thomas, Donna Farr (RND Academy of Dance)

Policy: Updated August 2017