Child Safegaurding Policy

SAMANTHA JONES DANCE ACADEMY

Tel: 07792273576   

Email:sjdanceacademy@hotmail.co.uk

www.samanthajonesdanceacademy.co.uk

 

CHILD SAFEGUARDING POLICY

Samantha Jones Dance Academy is fully committed to safeguarding the welfare of all children and young people up to the age of 18 attending the school. We recognise our responsibility to take all reasonable steps to promote safe practice and to protect children from harm, abuse and exploitation. 

Samantha Jones Dance Academy acknowledges its duty to act appropriately to any allegations, reports or suspicions of abuse. We will work to respect the rights of children and young people.

Samantha Jones Dance Academy recognises its duty of care under the Children and Young Persons Act 1963, the Children (Performances and Activities) (England) Regulations 2014, the Children Act 1989 and Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015. 

Samantha Jones Dance Academy will ensure that:

  • The welfare of the child is paramount.

  • All children, whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious beliefs and/or sexual identity have the right to protection from abuse.

  • All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.

 

Samantha Jones Dance Academy will ensure that:

  • Everyone will be treated with respect and dignity.

  • The welfare of each child will always be put first.

  • Enthusiastic and constructive criticism will be given to pupils rather than negative criticism.

  • Bullying will not be accepted.

  • Strive to provide a positive role model for all children.

  • Action will be taken to stop any inappropriate behaviour.

  • It will comply with health & safety legislation.

  • It will keep informed of changes in legislation and policies for the protection of children.

  • It will ensure all contact and medical details for every child is up to date.

 

Samantha Phillimore is the person who is responsible for ensuring that the child protection policy is adhered to. Samantha can be contacted on: 07792273576.

In implementing this policy Samantha Jones Dance Academy will:

  • Ensure that all SJDA volunteers /student teachers understand their responsibility to protect children and young people from harm, abuse and exploitation.

  • Ensure that all SJDA volunteers /student teachers understand their duty to report concerns that arise about a child or young person, to Samantha Phillimore.

  •  Samantha Phillimore will refer any child protection concerns to the appropriate statutory child protection agency.

 

Children, young people and parents will be informed to report to Samantha Phillimore any safeguarding concerns and know that these will be taken seriously and acted upon.

This policy will be regularly monitored by Samantha Jones Dance Academy and will be subject to review.

To bolster this child safeguarding policy, we are updating to include our long held changing room protocol of “No Adult Males allowed in the female changing facilities”.

This policy is enforced at class lessons held at Corsham Regis Primary School and events such as Festivals/Competitions and Shows. Corsham Regis Primary School is a mixed primary school and has limited toilet/changing facilities.  SJDA has many students of wide-ranging ages to accommodate using the limited school changing room facilities that are available.

 

CHANGING ROOM POLICY

The Samantha Jones Dance Academy policy, to protect the safety and preserve the dignity of female Students, Student Teachers and volunteers, is No Adult Males are permitted in the female changing facilities. SJDA will provide Male ONLY and Female ONLY changing facilities (for age 8 years and above). Where a parent/guardian is supervising an opposite sex child a separate private changing facility may be provided if a suitable facility is available.  Unfortunately, this is NOT possible at Corsham Regis Primary School, and therefore our policy of Male ONLY and Female ONLY facilities will be strictly enforced. Samantha Jones Dance Academy believe this policy is compliant with the Equalities Act 2010 reference: ( https://fairplayforwomen.com/changing_rooms/).

 

SAMANTHA PHILLIMORE F.A.B.D.

November 2021