Footsteps Dance School is fully committed to safeguarding the welfare of all children and young people up to the age of 18. We recognise our responsibility to take all reasonable steps to promote safe practice and to protect children from harm, abuse and exploitation.
Footsteps Dance School acknowledges its duty to act appropriately to any allegations, reports or suspicions of abuse. All staff and volunteers will work together to encourage the development of an ethos which embraces difference and diversity and respects the rights of children, young people and adults.
Footsteps Dance School 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 2004 and Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018.
Our Safeguarding Processes
In implementing this policy Footsteps Dance School will:
§ Ensure that all staff and volunteers understand their legal and moral responsibility to protect children and young people from harm, abuse and exploitation.
§ Ensure that all staff and volunteers understand their duty to report concerns that arise about a child or young person, or any adult’s conduct towards a child or young person to the Designated Safeguarding Lead.
§ The Designated Safeguarding Lead will refer any child protection concerns to the statutory child protection agencies (i.e. Police and/or Children’s Social Care).
§ Children, young people and parents will be informed of who the Designated Safeguarding Lead and Deputy are and be able to raise any safeguarding concerns & know that these will be taken seriously and acted upon.
This policy will be regularly monitored by Lauren O’Brien and will be subject to an annual review.