SAFEGUARDING AND CHILD PROTECTION POLICY
Dance Sensation School fully recognises its responsibilities for child protection.
Our policy applies to all staff, and volunteers working with us.
There are five main elements to our policy:
- Ensuring we practice safe recruitment in checking the suitability of staff and volunteers to work with children.
- Raising awareness of child protection issues and equipping children with the skills needed to keep them safe, including on-line teaching
- Developing and then implementing procedures for identifying and reporting cases, or suspected cases, of abuse.
- Supporting children who have been abused in accordance with his/her agreed child protection plan.
- Establishing a safe environment in which children can learn and develop.
We recognise that because of the day to day contact with children, staff are well placed to observe the outward signs of abuse. Dance Sensation will therefore:
- Establish and maintain an environment where children feel secure, are encouraged to talk, and are listened to.
- Ensure children know that there are adults whom they can approach if they are worried.
We will follow the procedures set out by the Local Safeguarding Children Board and take account of guidance issued by the Department for Education and Skills to:
- Ensure we have a designated senior person for child protection who has received appropriate training and support for this role.
- Ensure we have a nominated person responsible for child protection.
- Ensure every member of staff (including temporary and supply staff and volunteers) knows the name of the designated senior person responsible for child protection and their role.
- Ensure all staff and volunteers understand their responsibilities in being alert to the signs of abuse and responsibility for referring any concerns to the designated senior person responsible for child protection.
- Notify social services if there is an unexplained absence of more than two sessions of a pupil who is on the child protection register.
- Develop effective links with relevant agencies and co-operate as required with their enquiries regarding child protection matters.
- Keep written records of concerns about children, even where there is no need to refer the matter immediately and share these with the designated teacher responsible for child protection.
- Develop and then follow procedures where an allegation is made against a member of staff or volunteer.
- Ensure safe recruitment practices are always followed.
- Ensure that safeguarding measures are put in place when teaching on-line
We recognise that children who are abused or witness violence may find it difficult to develop a sense of self-worth. They may feel helplessness, humiliation and some sense of blame. Dance Sensation School may be the only stable, secure and predictable element in the lives of children at risk. When with us their behaviour may be challenging and defiant or they may be withdrawn. We will endeavour to support the pupil through:
- The content of our teaching.
- Our ethos which promotes a positive, supportive and secure environment and gives children a sense of being valued.
- Liaison with other agencies that support the pupil such as social services, Child and Adult Mental Health Service, education welfare service and educational psychology service.
- Ensuring that, where a pupil on the child protection register leaves, their information is transferred to the appropriate services immediately and that the child’s social worker is informed.
See Appendix A for signs of abuse.
See Appendix B for procedures for suspected child abuse.
See Appendix C for on-line teaching
The designated teacher for Child Protection is Miss Marie Joanne Gratton
At Dance Sensation we are committed to ensuring that all our children are cared for, safe and protected.
We follow the RBWM Child Protection procedures and aim to work together with other agencies that support children and families. We will continue to do this during the time of COVID-19
As part of the Child Protection procedures we are required to be watchful for any signs and /or symptoms of abuse.
The four categories of abuse are:
1. Physical abuse.
2. Sexual abuse.
3. Emotional abuse.
ALL STAFF must be aware of the procedures regarding child abuse. If any pupil makes a disclosure to a member of staff they should:-
- Listen – always believe what the child has to say.
- Never promise that you can keep it confidential.
- Never prompt the child with leading questions.
- Make notes, these need to be detailed and include dates, times etc (it may be used as evidence).
- Inform CPO as soon as possible.
The Child Protection Officer will then:-
Liaise with instructors to gather information. Assess the situation. Meet with the child. Seek advice.
This may then lead to a formal referral to Social Services and a call home or meeting with the parents. Therefore it is important that we communicate well, but remember confidentiality. Once a referral is made Dance Sensation School will be asked to write a comprehensive report which may be used at Child Protection Conference or other meetings including the parents.
Please read the signs. Sometimes signs of one type of abuse can also be found under another heading.
It is important to report and monitor any signs of suspected abuse.
POSSIBLE SIGNS OF PHYSICAL ABUSE
- Unexplained injuries or burns, particularly if they reoccur.
- Refusal to discuss injuries.
- Improbable explanations for injuries.
- Untreated injuries or lingering illness that is not being dealt with.
- Admission of punishment that seems excessive.
- Shrinking from physical contact.
- Fear of returning home.
- Fear of undressing.
- Fear of medical help.
- Over compliant behaviour.
- Running away.
- Significant changes in behaviour without explanation
- Significant deterioration in work
- Unexplained pattern of absence.
Dance Sensation School Child Protection Policy November 2014
POSSIBLE SIGNS OF SEXUAL ABUSE
- Bruises, scratches, burns or bite marks on the body.
- Scratches, abrasions or persistent infections in the anal or genital area.
- Pregnancy – particularly if child is evasive about the identity of the father.
- Sexual awareness inappropriate to child’s age – maybe in drawing, vocabulary, essays, games etc.
- Frequent public masturbation.
- Attempts to teach other children about sexual activity.
- Refusal to stay with certain people or go to certain places.
- Aggressiveness, anger, anxiety, fearfulness.
- Withdrawal from friends.
POSSIBLE SIGNS OF EMOTIONAL ABUSE
- Continual self-depreciation.
- Fear of new situations.
- Inappropriate responses to painful situations.
- Self-harm or mutilation.
- Compulsive stealing/scrounging.
- Drug/solvent abuse.
- Neurotic behaviour – obsessive rocking, thumb sucking etc.
- Air of detachment – don’t care attitude.
- Social isolation – does not join in and has few friends.
- Desperate attention seeking behaviour.
- Eating problem, including overeating/lack of appetite.
- Depression, withdrawal.
POSSIBLE SIGNS OF NEGLECT
- Constant hunger.
- Constant tiredness.
- Poor hygiene and poor state of clothes.
- Frequent lateness or non-attendance.
- Untreated medical problems.
- Destructive tendencies.
- Low self-esteem.
- Neurotic behaviour – rocking, thumb sucking, hair twisting .etc.
- No social relationships.
- Chronic running away.
- Compulsive stealing/scavenging.
- Failure to thrive
Dance Sensation School Child Protection Policy November 2014 and amended March 2020 in relation to COVID-19
Dance Sensation School Regulations, Polices and GDPR
School Regulations, Polices and GDPR
Observance of the following rules, regulations and policies is implicit in the acceptance of a place in the School. The School reserves the right to refuse entry to classes if these rules are not complied with. The School reviews and amends its policies and regulations on a regular basis and advises parents and teachers to read this document thoroughly to ensure a clear understanding is gained. Please contact the Principal, Marie Beazley if you require more information. Please visit our contact page for contact details. We ask that Parents/guardians give one term’s notice in writing if she/he wishes to leave the school, stop or change any classes. Alternatively a full term’s fee must be paid in lieu of such notice. Emails of notification to the school do not apply.
1. All pupils must complete a registration form and must receive notification of a place before any classes are attended. The signed registration form acts as an agreement between Dance Sensation (The School) and parents/guardians and states one term’s notice in writing must be given if she/he wishes to leave the school, stop or change any classes. Alternatively a full term’s fee must be paid in lieu of such notice. Emails of notification to the school do not apply.
2. Students attending the school who wish to stop attending a class or start a new class are required to give the school one term’s notice. All class changes must be authorised by the Principal and all requests must be put in writing. Invoices will not be altered when insufficient notice for a student leaving or changing a class is not given.
3. All fees are payable by the second week of each new term, an 5% surcharge will be added to any fees outstanding after the third week. Fees are non-refundable and will not be returned because of absence under any circumstances. Invoices will be sent out at the end of term for the next terms fees along with your newsletter.
4. Hair should be dressed correctly for all classes. A bun should be worn for all ballet classes. For Modern, Jazz and Tap classes hair should be in a ponytail. Only very short hair can be worn down with a hair band. Pupils may be refused entry to class if hair is not styled correctly.
5. After one term of dancing, the official uniform should be purchased. No outside clothing is allowed during class. Pupils may be refused entry to class if correct uniform is not worn. However the Dance Sensation ‘Logoed’ uniform will be allowed when cold.
6. No jewellery is to be worn in class; this includes watches, earrings and face jewellery. For security reasons, we recommend that valuables are not brought to the school. Mobile phones must be switched off, and the teacher has a right to confiscate mobile phones if used within the duration of the class. Your child will receive the mobile phone after the lesson ends. NO chewing gum is allowed in class.
7. It is the responsibility of the parent to name ALL pieces of uniform and to check when leaving that they have all their possessions with them. No responsibility will be taken by the school for any losses incurred on the premises. Please let the teacher know if anything has been lost or left behind as the school places any lost items in our lost property box located in the waiting area.
8. Please inform us if your child is suffering from any health complaints or allergies.
9. All term and holiday dates are on the newsletter found on the notice board at the start of every term. Please refer to the notice board frequently for any changes. We try and stay in line with school terms as much as possible, though we cannot help circumstances which may change this.
10. At NO point must parents or pupils enter the studio when classes are in progress, unless in exceptional circumstances. Parents watch classes on average, once or twice a year, when invited – towards the end of term during which NO photography or filming is allowed.
11. This is a Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance School working towards the highest standard of training. This results in examinations being taken when and only when the Principal believes the pupil has reached the required standard. An email will be sent to the pupil(s) parent when they are ready for an exam. Parents/carers should reply promptly, with agreement, together with the appropriate fee. If fees are not received by the due date, the pupil will not be entered for the exam. Examinations require a lot of hard work, dedication and require attendance of extra examination classes to ensure pupils are at the correct standard by the exam date. These classes are scheduled in addition to syllabus classes and are charged by a separate fee.
12. If a pupil wishes to undertake auditions or other classes at a different school it is professional etiquette to contact the Principal of the School in order for permission to be granted.
13. The School reserves the right to end a student’s attendance at the school for reasons such as non-payment of fees, incorrect dress or unacceptable behaviour.
14. Please respect the building and property where the classes are taking place, by keeping the noise level low and the rooms tidy and free of rubbish.
15. For security purposes, pupils must not leave the premises without a parent or guardian. Please wait with your child if she/he takes more than one class and there is an intermission between classes.
16. Parents must fill out a registration form if their details have changed. The Principal must be notified of any changes of address, contact number and email address.
The School’s emails and letters contain confidential and/or privileged information and are intended for only the person to whom it is addressed. Any unauthorised copying, forwarding, disclosure or distribution of the material contained in emails and any attachment is strictly prohibited. All personal information at the school remains confidential to the school principal, safeguarding officer and communications officer will not be discussed or shared by the school with any other parent or student.
If there is a bad weather warning in place and you are in doubt about classes taking place. Please check the website and the Dance Sensation Facebook page for information. In such cases the school will not reimburse or replace classes. Parents will be notified by our texting service, website and emails. Please make sure your details are up to date and you check our news page. If classes are cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances and cannot be replaced during the School term in which it was cancelled the School will not reimburse classes. All teachers will continue with classes, even if there are inadequate numbers of students. In such cases the Principal will be contacted in to discuss alterations for that particular class.
At Dance Sensation we have a duty of care to safeguard all children. It is our aim to provide children and young people with appropriate safety and protection that attend the School. We abide by The Child Protection Act 2004.
Protection of our Children
At Dance Sensation, we ensure that all children are protected. For younger students we insist they do not go home without their Parents or Guardians and will be kept within the classroom with the teacher until collected. Once out of the lesson parents are responsible for their children. Parents and students will not let any persons in the hall or waiting area if they do not know them or are suspicious of them. We also do not tolerate any behaviour that results in bullying or discrimination, the school will give a written notice for any unacceptable behaviour from a student. If this behaviour does not show improvement the school has the right to refuse admission.
Use of Photographic/Filming Equipment
If a parent wishes to photograph or film classes, they may do so with the permission of the Principal and the teacher’s consent, however we operate a policy that protects families that do not wish their children to be photographed or filmed. If this policy is found to be breeched we will ask you to remove all evidence of the photography/filming. Dance Sensation School uses our own Photograph’s and Filming as a platform to advertise the School and to celebrate it’s student’s achievements. The School Photo’s and Filming will be published of children at the School and we ask that all members of the School notify the School if you do not want wish your child to be photographed or filmed when you register with the School. Dance Sensation records it’s annual showcase. If parents do not wish their child to be recorded, unfortunately students therefore will be unable to participate in the showcase.
Health and Safety
Some physical contact is necessary by the teacher to demonstrate exercises or techniques or to prevent injury during the class. If in the case of minor accidents, first aid needs to be administered, the school will contact the Parent/Guardian immediately. No responsibility is taken for any injury occurring, during or after classes, although great care is taken to avoid such an occurrence. When a parent enrols their child with Dance Sensation, it is their responsibility to ensure that the information given on their registration form is correct and the school is aware of any illness or disability that may affect their child during lessons.
The use of Social Media
We ask that current students who have access to social media do not contact teachers or student teachers on their personal pages. We ask that all students contact the School’s email and/or social media page for any questions, helpful tips and advice. Social media is a wonderful communication tool however the Dance Sensation Facebook Page and School email should be the only use of social media contact from current students to teachers. The School will not tolerate current students and or teachers being in contact through social media however please feel free to contact us personally when you have moved on from the school to keep us up-to-date on how you are doing. Dance Sensation uses our Social Media Page as a platform to advertise the School and to celebrate it’s student’s achievements. The School Photo’s will be published of children at the School and we ask that all members of the School notify the School if you do not want wish your child to be photographed when you register with the School.
General Data Protection Regulations 2018
In accordance with the GPDR Statement
GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation and replaces the previous Data Protection. It was approved by the EU Parliament in 2016 and comes into effect on 25th May 2018. GDPR states that personal data should be ‘processed fairly & lawfully’ and ‘collected for specified, explicit and legitimate purposes’ and that individuals data is not processed without their knowledge and are only processed with their ‘explicit’ consent. GDPR covers personal data relating to individuals. Dance Sensation is committed to protecting the rights and freedoms of individuals with respect to the processing of children’s, parents, visitors and staff personal data. The Data Protection Act gives individuals the right to know what information is held about them. It provides a framework to ensure that personal information is handled properly.
What we do at Dance Sensation:
- We do not disclose or sell personal data to third parties.
- We do not disclose personal data to other members of the School and their families.
- The School uses contact numbers and emails for newsletters, updates, whole school and individual communication, invoices and general information.
- Emergency Parent contact numbers are given to teachers termly for the sole use of emergency contact only.
- Personal data is stored in a password protected document
- Paper registration forms are stored in a secured filing cabinet at the Principal’s office.
- Hard copy information is destroyed.
Information about individual children is used in certain documents, such as, a weekly register, medication forms and examination documentations. These documents include data such as children’s names, date of birth and emergency contact numbers. These records are shredded after the relevant retention period.
Dance Sensation collects a large amount of personal data every year including; names and addresses of those on the waiting list. These records are shredded if the child does not attend or added to the child’s file and stored appropriately.
Dance Sensation stores personal data held visually in photographs or video clips or as sound recordings. No names are stored with images in photo albums, displays, on the website or on the Dance Sensation social media sites, unless agreed with the pupil(s) parent/carer.
Access to School Email account, Website, personal Data, Social Media Accounts, Newsletters and Examination Details is password protected and is not available to members of the Public, members of the School and or it’s staff. The Principal has sole access to all this data. When a member of staff leaves The School these passwords are changed in line with this policy and our Safeguarding policy. Any portable data storage used to store personal data, e.g. USB memory stick, are password protected and/or stored in a locked filing cabinet.
GDPR includes 7 rights for individuals
1) The right to be informed
Dance Sensation is registered with the Imperial Society of Teachers in Dance (ISTD) and as so, is required to collect and manage certain data. The School collects parent’s and or guardian’s names, addresses, emergency telephone numbers and email addresses. We also collect children’s’ full names, addresses, date of birth along with any SEN requirements and are stored securely and paper registration forms are stored in a secured filing cabinet in the Principal’s office.
This is in respect of our Health and Safety and Safeguarding Policies.
As an Employer of Self Employed practitioners, Dance Sensation is required to hold data on its Teachers such as names, addresses, email addresses, telephone numbers and bank details. Information such as Disclosure and Barring Service checks (DBS), personal Public Liability insurance, First Aid, Membership details and any qualification’s. This information stored securely and paper forms are stored in a secured filing cabinet at the School’s office.
2) The right of access
At any point an individual can make a request relating to their data and Dance Sensation will need to provide a response (within 1 month). Dance Sensation can refuse a request, if we have a lawful obligation to retain data but we will inform the individual of the reasons for the rejection.
3) The right to erasure
You have the right to request the deletion of your data where there is no compelling reason for its continued use. However Dance Sensation has a legal duty to keep student and parents details for a reasonable time*. Dance Sensation retain records relating to student’s accident and injury records for 19 years (or until the child reaches 21 years), and 22 years (or until the child reaches 24 years) for Child Protection records. Self Employed Teaching records will be erased when the member of leaves their position. All hard copy information is destroyed.
* Dance Sensation holds personal data while the student is registered at the School. The School requires a written notice to leave the School to put into action the erasure of your data. If records of this is not found, The School will continue to use your data for School purposes only.
4) The right to restrict processing
Parents, visitors and staff can object to Dance Sensation processing their data. This means that records can be stored but must not be used in any way, for example School Newsletters, General Emails about School news and updates and text service. In this situation, The School has no obligation to refund any classes missed or cancelled due to ‘lack of communication’. It will be the parents responsibility to ensure they are informed about the Termly event’s happening at the School.
5) The right to data portability
Dance Sensation requires data, for example registration forms to be transferred from student, to teacher, to School Principal. The School also requires to provide data such as student DOB and exam pin number’s to be able to enter students in ISTD Exams. In this case recipients use secure file transfer systems and have their own policies and procedures in place in relation to GDPR.
6) The right to object
Parents, visitors and staff can object to their data being used for certain activities like marketing or research. Dance Sensation does not use personal data for such purposes.
7) The right not to be subject to automated decision-making including profiling.
Automated decisions and profiling are used for marketing based organisations. Dance Sensation does not use personal data for such purposes.
This Policy was issued by the Principal Marie Gratton, Principal/Owner of Dance Sensation in May 2018.
Policy review date: May 2021