Pro Dance Services Elite Academy
Child Protection Policy

The purpose of this policy statement is:

• to protect children and young people who receive PDS Elite Academy’s services from harm. This includes the children of adults who use our services

• to provide staff and volunteers, as well as children and young people and their families, with the overarching principles that guide our approach to child protection. This policy applies to anyone working on behalf of PDS Elite Academy, including senior managers, paid staff, volunteers, sessional workers, agency staff and students.

Legal framework

This policy has been drawn up on the basis of legislation, policy and guidance that seeks to protect children in England A summary of the key legislation is available from nspcc.org.uk/learning.

We believe that:

  • Children and young people should never experience abuse of any kind

  • We have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and young people, to keep them safe and to practise in a way that protects them.

We recognise that:

  • The welfare of children is paramount in all the work we do and in all the decisions we take all children, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation have an equal right to 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 or 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 and young people safe by:

  • Valuing, listening to and respecting them

  • Appointing a nominated child protection lead for children and young people, for safeguarding

  • Adopting child protection and safeguarding best practice through our policies, procedures and code of conduct for staff and volunteers

  • Developing and implementing an effective online safety policy and related procedures

  • Providing effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision, support, training and quality assurance measures so that all staff and volunteers know about and follow our policies, procedures and behaviour codes confidently and competently

  • Recruiting and selecting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made

  • Recording, storing and using information professionally and securely, in line with data protection legislation and guidance [more information about this is available from the Information Commissioner’s Office: ico.org.uk/fororganisations]

  • Sharing information about safeguarding and good practice with children and their families via leaflets, posters, group work and one-to-one discussions

  • Making sure that children, young people and their families know where to go for help if they have a concern

  • Using our safeguarding and child protection procedures to share concerns and relevant information with agencies who need to know, and involving children, young people, parents, families and carers appropriately 

  • Using our procedures to manage any allegations against staff and volunteers appropriately

  • Creating and maintaining an anti-bullying environment and ensuring that we have a policy and procedure to help us deal effectively with any bullying that does arise

  • Ensuring that we have effective complaints and whistleblowing measures in place

  • Ensuring that we provide a safe physical environment for our children, young people, staff and volunteers, by applying health and safety measures in accordance with the law and regulatory guidance

  • Building a safeguarding culture where staff and volunteers, children, young people and their families, treat each other with respect and are comfortable about sharing concerns.

Use of Photographic/Filming Equipment

PDS Elite Academy uses photograph's and filming as a platform evaluate a student technique, as well as to celebrate it's students' achievements and on some occasions for promotional purposes across various media including but not limited to Facebook, Instagram, PDS Elite Academy websites, newsletters (print/online), print collateral etc.

We ask that all members of the school notify the school in writing to Janet Bosson, if you do not want wish your child to be photographed or filmed when you register with the school.

When the school film's it's school shows, if parents do not wish their child to be recorded students will be unable to participate in the main show but can participate in the dress rehearsal.
If a parents wish to photograph or film classes, they may do so with the permission of the principal and the teacher's consent, however we operate a policy that only your child maybe filmed. If this policy is found to be breeched we will ask you to remove all evidence of the photography/filming.

You understand that your consent can be withdrawn at anytime upon written notice, to Janet Bosson.

Vetting and barring checks

It’s important to make sure that everyone working or volunteering with children and young people is safe to do so, whether this is taking place online or face-to-face.

PDS Elite Academy has undergone on all the necessary checks on all employees.​

This includes:

  • checking references

  • carrying out criminal records checks to ensure that people aged 16 or over have nothing on their record that makes them unsuitable to work or volunteer in roles that have contact with children.

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) provides information about criminal records checks in England and Wales (DBS, 2020)1.

 

Staff Training

Everyone who works or volunteers with PDS Elite Academy has had training in the following

  • Safeguarding training

  • First Aid Training ( our designated First Aider is Janet Bosson)

 

Managing allegations

Here at PDS Elite Academy we take concerns raised about the way an Academy instructor / member of staff behaves, very seriously and any allegations will be dealt with sensitively and promptly.

 

Contact details

Nominated child protection lead Name: Janet Bosson

Phone/email: 07940088776

 

NSPCC Helpline 0808 800 5000

We are committed to reviewing our policy and good practice annually.   

 

Whistleblowing

Whistleblowing is when someone reports wrongdoing on the basis that it is in the public interest for the wrongdoing to be brought to light.

This is usually something they’ve seen at work but not always.

The wrongdoing might have happened in the past, be happening now, or be something the whistleblower is concerned may happen in the near future (Gov.uk, 2019).

The Whistleblowing Advice Line offers free advice and support to professionals with concerns about how child protection issues are being handled in their own or another organisation.

Contact the Whistleblowing Advice Line on:

This policy was update on 23/03/2021