Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy
LJ Dance recognises the vital importance of safeguarding and protecting children from abuse and adheres and is regulated by the Code of Conduct and Code of Professional Practice of the Royal Academy of Dance (policies can be viewed at www.rad.org.uk) In addition, all members of LJ Dance staff have full enhanced DBS.
LJ Dance acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities and requirements, Government guidance and complies with ongoing best practice of the Royal Academy of Dance.
The welfare of children is paramount, aiming to ensure regardless of age, gender, religion or beliefs, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or socio-economic background the interests of all children.
LJ Dance teachers share the following objectives to help keep children, young people and vulnerable adults safe by:
· Providing a safe environment to learn in
· Identifying and responding to children, young people and vulnerable adults in need of support and/or protection
· Supporting children and young people’s development in ways which will foster a sense of self-esteem and independence
· Fostering a learning environment in which 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
LJ Dance will endeavour to ensure that the safety and welfare of children and vulnerable adults are protected by:
· Taking all reasonable steps to protect children from hazards
· Strictly observe the code of behaviour (see below)
· Take prompt and appropriate action if an accident occurs
· Take all reasonable steps to prevent abuse of children
· Report any incident or suspicion of abuse promptly
Code of behaviour for LJ Dance staff:
· Behave professionally
· Listen to children
· Treat everyone with respect
· Communicate at an appropriate level
· Be aware of policy and procedure
· Be aware approachable and understanding
· Report to the school Principal and write up the details of any accident in the Accident Book