Child Protection Policy

Street Beat Dance Academy has a child protection policy to ensure our organisation is as safe as possible for children. Street Beat aims to provide a happy and safe environment where children can learn to dance, perform and grow in confidence. We believe children have the right to be safe and secure and free from threat, regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexuality or beliefs. Street Beat will act with integrity, treating children with respect, listening to their concerns and acting upon them.
All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.
All staff (paid/voluntary) working for Street Beat have a responsibility to report concerns to the appropriate person.

DEFINITIONS

  • The law defines someone as a child until they are 18 years old. Child protection involves excluding known child offenders, preventing abuse in our care and recognising and responding to the signs of abuse. When referring Street Beat staff this includes: artists, contracted freelance teachers and volunteers.

PUBLICITY

Street Beat will adhere to the following guidelines with regards to photography and filming:
1. By enrolling with Street Beat Dance Academy you are accepting our Term and Conditions which state that we are able to photograph and film students for Street Beat publicity purposes which may be used on the internet, flyers, newspapers etc.
2. Images of Children posted on the internet/newspapers etc will be identified by there first name only, unless express permission from the relevant parent/guardian has been obtained.
3. To reduce the risk of inappropriate use of images only images deemed suitable will be used.
4. The expectations for parents or spectators who wish to take photographs or film at an event are to avoid inappropriate or intrusive photography. At some events photography / filming by parents or spectators will be prohibited.
5. Should any person wish to opt out of being photographed / filmed please inform Kim Oakley in writing.

LESSONS

  • We do not allow Spectators/parents to be present in any Street Beat lesson. The only people to be present in the class will be Street Beat staff and students. Street Beat are not responsible for any student outside of their lesson time. For example should a student turn up early for a lesson, the parent remains responsible until the lesson starts and the student is registered with the relevant teacher.

    Due to the nature of dance, there may be times when for safety purposes and/or precision of movement teachers will need to make physical contact with students. This will only be where necessary and in the presence of all other class members.

CHILD SAFETY

  • Any person teaching for Street Beat will undergo a Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) check.

    If any teacher or member of staff feels that a child may be in danger or any information is disclosed to them which leads us to suspicion of abuse or neglect this will be investigated further and if it is deemed necessary we will contact the relevant authorities and pass the information on. Concerns for a child may come to the attention of staff in a variety of ways through observation of behaviour, injuries or through disclosure. Any member of staff who has a concern for a child should discuss this with Kim Oakley, as soon as is practically possible.

  • If a child makes a disclosure of abuse to a member of staff they will:

• NEVER promise to keep it a secret
• Allow the child to make the disclosure at their own pace in their own way
• Avoid interrupting except to clarify what the child is saying
• Not ask leading questions or probe for information that the child does not volunteer
• Reassure the child that they have been heard and explain what you will do next and to
whom you report to
• Report the conversation as soon as possible to Kim Oakley.

The responsibilities for the safety of the buildings that we use, lays with the owner of that building, although the teachers will check for visual hazards and report any noticeable potential risks to Kim Oakley who will then inform the relevant persons.

Fire procedures are prominently displayed within the building and all teachers are aware of what action to take in the event of a fire.

In the case of an accident causing injury, professional medical assistance will be requested either by calling the emergency services or by escorting the injured individual to a place where they can receive treatment. In all cases parents will be informed. In the case of minor injuries at the end of class, when professional medical assistance is required they will be informed immediately. All accidents will be recorded and logged in our accident report form.

All data of students held on our website conforms with the Data Protection Act 1998. No information will be disclosed to a 3rd Party. It is the responsibility of the students to keep their personal information up to date.