Anna Ludford Dance acknowledges its duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people. We believe that a child or young person should never experience abuse of any kind and are committed to practice in a way which protects them.
This policy applies to all class teachers and parents and guardians of children that come to class. It also applies to staff of the venues used for classes.
The purpose of the policy is:
- to protect the children and young people that come to classes run by Anna Ludford Dance (this includes the children of adults who run classes)
- to provide teachers, parents and guardians and staff of class venues with overarching principles that guide our approach to safeguarding.
This policy has been drawn up on with guidance from the NSPCC and on the basis of the law and guidance that seeks to protect children, namely:
- Children Act 1918
- United Convention of the Rights of the Child 1991
- Data Protection Act 1998
- Sexual Offences Act 2003
- Children Act 2004
- Protection of Freedoms Act 2012
Anna Ludford Dance Recognises that:
- the welfare of the child is paramount, as enshrined in the Children Act 1989
- all children regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity, have the right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse
- some children are additionally vulnerable because of the impact of previous experiences, their level of dependency, communication needs of other issues
- working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare.
We will seek to keep children safe by:
- valuing, listening to and respecting them
- adopting child protection practices through procedures and a code of conduct for teacher, parents and venue staff
- developing and implementing effective e-safety and related procedures
- developing and implementing child protection in photography procedures
- recruiting teachers safely
- sharing information about child protection and good practice with children, parents, teachers and volunteers
- sharing concerns with agencies who need to know, and involving parents and children appropriately.
We are committed to reviewing our policy and good practice annually.
This policy was last reviewed on 03.03.16