Dance Pointe Studios
Children Protection Policy 2017
Safe Recruitment Procedure (if applicable)
The Role of the Principal (and contact details)
GENERAL DUTIES FOR ALL STAFF:
In regard to the safety and welfare of children and similarly vulnerable people all staff are required to:
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES FOR ALL STAFF:
A register of names, addresses, next of kin and contact addresses and telephone numbers for emergencies will be kept. Parents or carers, and where appropriate older children, will be informed of the action which will be taken in the event of a child becoming ill or being injured and that any information which suggests that a child has been abused will be passed on to the Social Services Department and/or the police.
People working at our organisation must always observe the following requirements where children, young people or similarly vulnerable people are concerned.
Do and Do Not:
Photographs of children should only be used if written consent has been obtained from a parent, guardian or, if referring to school groups, relevant school authority. General group photographs may be used if no individual can be identified by reason of any attached data. Permission should be obtained firstly to take the photograph and secondly for permission from the parent if the photograph is to be reproduced.
Depending on your judgment of the situation, go to the scene immediately if possible and/or summon First Aid assistance and/or contact the emergency services. With children, it can be hard to assess whether they have been injured or the extent of the seriousness of an injury. If you have any doubt about this, you should err on the side of caution and contact the emergency services. Even if a child is accompanied and you think an accident is not being treated seriously enough, get medical assistance on your own initiative if necessary. All accidents should be reported in the Health and Safety manual.
Unless there is good reason, First Aid should not be administered without the permission of the child’s parent or accompanying adult. A child cannot give consent. If the parent is not at the premises, obtain their phone number and try and make contact. However, if a child is alone and seriously injured or unconscious, the situation will need to be dealt with immediately. If possible, treatment should only be given by a trained First Aider. Provided this does not in itself put the child at risk, always try to administer First Aid with another adult present. Always tell the child exactly what you are doing and why. Unless it is irrelevant, ask the child if they use medication (e.g. for asthma, diabetes, and epilepsy) or have any allergies. Some children have allergic reactions to stings. For minor injuries, you may not offer any medication, including antiseptics or pills of any kind. If you have any doubts about helping someone to use their own medication, phone National Health Service Direct on 111 or the emergency services. Any treatment should be as little as necessary without threatening the child’s wellbeing. If a child comes to you for comfort because of a minor accident or fright, it is acceptable with the Code of Behaviour to hold their hand or put your arm around them. Just ensure:
The NSPCC has a written document which outlines the requirements for professionals reporting child abuse in the United Kingdom. To read this information, please follow the link below: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-
To safeguard and promote the welfare of its pupils and ensure that risk of harm is minimised, our organisation employs a safe recruitment and selection policy which complies with national and local guidance. All recruitment procedures involve the following processes. All successful applicants including teachers, freelance teachers, contractors, volunteers, administrational and ancillary staff, should undertake an Enhanced DBS check where this is relevant and applicable. All applicants will undergo a face to face interview where questions pertaining to child protection will be asked. All candidates will be asked to bring identity proof with them (e.g., a current driving licence or passport, a full birth certificate, plus a document such as a utility bill showing the candidate’s current name and address). All candidates will be asked to bring documents confirming any educational and professional qualifications relevant to the post. All appointed staff will undergo an induction process which includes information and written statements of; policies and procedures in relation to safeguarding and promoting welfare e.g. child protection, antibullying, anti-
For volunteers, close attention will be taken to why the applicant would like to work with children and young people and follow up questions will be necessary prior to the appointment being made. All new employees/volunteers will go through a probation and induction process, including relevant training. Ongoing training and supervision will ensure all employees/volunteers are adequately supported.
Principal: Louise Banyard
Role: To oversee the running of Dance Pointe Studios, to oversee the Employment of staff/volunteers, to ensure all policies and procedures are followed by staff/volunteers, to undergo any necessary training on Safeguarding and health and safety.
25, Jack Russell Close
T: 07854 298847
Our organisation will promote awareness of the policy through the Induction Process.
All staff including teachers, freelance teachers, contractors, volunteers, administrational and ancillary staff should undertake an Enhanced DBS disclosure where this is deemed to be appropriate and relevant. It is strongly recommended that this is kept up-
Statutory Guidance on inter-
The NSPCC is a registered charity established to prevent cruelty to children. Help line for concerns about a child’s welfare: 0808 800 5000 [24 hours], website:
Links to specific information about Children and Vulnerable Adult Policy can be found by visiting: