Child Protection and Safeguarding

 

The Dance Barn is committed to safeguarding and protecting the welfare of all children and young people. We take the following measures to help to protect the children under our care:

  • Undertake appropriate checks for all members of staff and volunteers to ensure their suitability to work with children and young people. This must be done before they start teaching or are placed in a position of responsibility. Requests to view checks can be made to the school Principal.

  • Teachers conduct registers and report concerns about absence to the Principal.  

  • All staff are trained to be alert to signs of abuse and the course of action to take should take should they suspect abuse.

  • Ensure the school’s Health and Safety policy is implemented and enforced.

 

Concerns about members of the school community (staff, pupils and parents)

  • Any concerns about any member of the school community must be brought to the attention of the Principal immediately.

  • Where the concern is about the Principal, Children’s Social Care should be contacted immediately.

 

Appropriate physical contact

Teaching dance is a physical activity and a teacher will sometimes need to make physical contact with a student to show an idea or to correct the pupil’s position. This can include:

  • Lifting

  • Adjusting arms, legs, rib cage, hips, feet, hands

  • Moving one student in relation to another

Where contact is needed, we will remain sensitive to the pupil’s wishes and put their welfare first. In all cases, we will say why and how we will be correcting the student’s position before making any contact.

 

Supervision

  • Parents and guardians are not permitted in the room during lessons (except for watching weeks) but arrangements are made for all teaching spaces to be viewed from outside of the room via windows and viewing panels.

  • We require parents to remain on the premises in which lessons are taking place until children are 6 years of age. A designated waiting area is made available at each location.

 

Photography, Filming and Social Media

Photographs and video footage taken by the the school

  • Photographs and video footage taken by the school will only be used for marketing purposes and to celebrate achievement. They will only be used in an official school capacity (eg. school website, newsletters, promotional material and school social media accounts.)

  • Permission will be obtained from the pupils, parents and guardians firstly,  for the photograph or video footage to be taken and secondly, for the photograph or video footage to be reproduced.

  • Permission is requested when pupils enrol in the school but parents or guardians may withdraw their permission at any stage.

  • All children and young people featured in photographs or recordings must be appropriately dressed for the activity they are undertaking.

  • All photographs and video footage will be taken using school equipment. Staff are not permitted to use personal devices such as personal cameras, phones or tablets.

  • Care needs to be taken with regard to the storage and dissemination of the photographs or video material.

  • If photographs are published, no individual should be able to be identified by any attached data.
     

Photographs and video footage taken by the pupils, parents or guardians

  • Parents and guardians are permitted to take photographs and film during activities such as end of term watching week or school performances.

  • Photographs and filming must only take place in the room of the main activity, and not in areas where pupils may be changing.

  • Images of other children should not be placed on the internet or social medial without the consent of the pupil’s parents or guardians first being obtained.

  • Pupils, parents and guardians must be willing to delete images or recordings if requested to do so by another member of the school community.

 

Last reviewed and updated: 28th May 2018.