Child Safeguarding Policy
Principal: Julie Hutchings
Venues: Main studios, Larkfield Leisure Centre; Larkfield
Kings Hill Community Hall, Gibson Drive, Kings Hill
Leybourne Chase Primary School
Holborough Lakes, Primary School
The Granary Hall, Church Farm, New Hythe Lane
And all other venues where Prima students perform and rehearse
Dates: Classes during Term Time, Dance Festivals and Performances and workshops throughout the year.
TO WHOM DOES THIS POLICY APPLY This policy relates to children under the age of 18 years who attend Prima Stage School Classes and concerns all of Prima’s teachers, voluntary helpers and Parents/Guadians/Carers of the children attending the school and any siblings who may also be with the Parents/Guadians/Carers/Teachers.
TEACHERS AND CHAPERONES – all have undertaken suitable checks to assess their suitability for working in close proximity with children.
PRIMA STAGE SCHOOL acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities and government guidance. All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously, responded to swiftly and appropriately and all the Schools teachers /volunteers have a responsibility to report concerns to the principles of the school as named above.
The 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 reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation, socio-economic background, all children
- have a positive and enjoyable experience of dance and performing arts at Prima Stage School in a safe and child centred environment
- are protected from abuse whilst participating dance and performing arts at our studios and halls and outside events.
Prima Stage School 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 Prima Stage School will:
- promote and prioritise the safety and wellbeing of children and young people whilst under our care
- ensure everyone 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 employment/deployment of unsuitable individuals
- ensure robust safeguarding arrangements and procedures are in operation.
The policy and procedures will be widely promoted and are mandatory for everyone involved at Prima Stage School and failure to comply with the policy and procedures will be addressed without delay and may ultimately result in dismissal/exclusion from the organisation.
SHOWS/COMPETITIONS Children and young people performing in these events will be supervised at all times until an adult collects the child at the stage door and signed out. All students under 16 are to be collected by an adult at all times.
Children of Primary School age it is advised that children of primary school age are collected from the studio/hall door. In special circumstances, children of 10 or 11 may only be allowed out by themselves provided we have parental consent updated termly.
Correction of Pupils To aid the correct teaching of dance, appropriate physical contact may be used to guide students into the correct stance etc. with due care and respect for dignity, Please talk to us if you have any concerns about this
THE LEGISLATION AND GUIDANCE THAT SUPPORTS THIS POLICY
- The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974;
- The Children Act 1989;
- The Police Act 1997;
- The Data Protection Act 1998;
- The Human Rights Act 1998;
- The Protection of Children Act 1999;
- The Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000
- Education Act 2002
- Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003
- The Children Act 2004;
- The Protection of Vulnerable Groups Act 2006.
- Adoption and children’s Act 2006
- Children and Young Person’s Act 2008
- Children and families act 2014
- Children and Social Work Act 2017
- Digital Economy Act 2017
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
Prima Stage School – keeping children safe