Roshe Performing Arts / Roshe Panto Teams
Roshe Management / Roshe School
Child Protection Policy - September 2018
In making provisions for children and young people, Roshe Performing Arts 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 and poor practice will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately
- All staff (paid/unpaid) have a responsibility to report concerns to the Principal.
Roshe Performing Arts has a duty of care to safeguard all children involved in Roshe Performing Arts from harm. All children have a right to protection, and the needs of disabled children and others who may be particularly vulnerable must be taken into account. Roshe Performing Arts will ensure the safety and protection of all children involved in Roshe Performing Arts through adherence to the Child Protection guidelines adopted by Roshe Performing Arts. A child is defined as a person under the age of 18 (The Children Act 1989).
The aim of the Roshe Performing Art’s Child Protection Policy is to promote good practice:
- Providing children and young people with appropriate safety and protection whilst in the care of Roshe Performing Arts
- Allow all staff /volunteers to make informed and confident responses to specific child protection issues.
Good practice guidelines
All personnel should be encouraged to demonstrate exemplary behavior in order to promote children’s welfare and reduce the likelihood of allegations being made.
Good practice means:
- Always working in an open environment (e.g. avoiding private or unobserved situations and encouraging open communication with no secrets).
- Treating all young people/disabled adults equally, and with respect and dignity.
- Always putting the welfare of each young person first, before winning or achieving goals.
- Building balanced relationships based on mutual trust.
- Making dance and fitness fun and enjoyable .
- Ensuring that if any form of manual/physical support is required, it should be provided openly. Care is needed, as it is difficult to maintain hand positions when the child is constantly moving. Young people and their parents should always be consulted and their agreement gained.
- Keeping up to date with technical skills, qualifications and insurance in dance and dance instruction.
- Involving parents/carers wherever possible. For example, encouraging them to take responsibility for their children in the reception area.
- Giving enthusiastic and constructive feedback rather than negative criticism.
- Recognising the developmental needs and capacity of young people – avoiding excessive training or competition and not pushing them against their will.
- Securing parental consent in writing to act in loco parentis, if the need arises to administer emergency first aid and/or other medical treatment.
- Keeping a written record of any injury that occurs, along with the details of any treatment given.
Practices to be avoided
The following should be avoided except in emergencies. If cases arise where these situations are unavoidable it should be with the full knowledge and consent of a member of School management or the child’s parents. For example, a child sustains an injury and needs to go to hospital, or a parent fails to arrive to pick a child up at the end of a session:
- avoid spending time alone with children away from others.
- avoid taking or dropping off a child to an event or activity.
Practices never to be sanctioned
The following should never be sanctioned.
Teachers/Volunteers should never:
- Engage in rough, physical or sexually provocative games.
- Allow or engage in any form of inappropriate touching.
- Allow children to use inappropriate language unchallenged.
- Make sexually suggestive comments to a child, even in fun.
- Reduce a child to tears as a form of control.
- Fail to act upon and record any allegations made by a child.
- Do things of a personal nature for children that they can do for themselves.
Incidents that must be reported/recorded
If any of the following occur Teachers/Volunteers/Students should report this immediately and record the incident. Roshe Performing Arts also ensure the parents of the child are informed:
- If someone accidentally hurt a participant
- If he/she seems distressed in any manner
- If a participant appears to be sexually aroused by a Teachers/Volunteers/Students actions.
- If a participant misunderstands or misinterprets something a Teacher/Volunteer has done.
Recruitment and training of staff and volunteers
Roshe Performing Arts recognises that anyone may have the potential to abuse children in some way and that all reasonable steps are taken to ensure unsuitable people are prevented from working with children. Pre-selection checks must included the following:
- All volunteers/staff should complete an application form. The application form will elicit information about an applicant’s past and a self disclosure about any criminal record.
- Consent should be obtained from an applicant to seek information from the DBS.
- Two confidential references, including one regarding previous work with children. These references must be taken up and confirmed through telephone contact.
- Evidence of identity (passport or driving licence with photo).
Interview and induction
All employees (and volunteers) will be required to undergo an interview, during which:
- A check should be made that the application form has been completed in full (including sections on criminal records and self-disclosures).
- Their qualifications should be substantiated.
- The job requirements and responsibilities should be clarified.
- Child protection procedures are explained and training needs are identified.
- They should sign up to the organisation’s Code of Ethics and Conduct and Child Protection policy.
In addition to preselection checks, the safeguarding process includes training after recruitment to help staff and volunteers to:
- Analyse their own practice against established good practice, and to ensure their practice is not likely to result in allegations being made.
- Recognise their responsibilities and report any concerns about suspected poor practice or possible abuse.
- Respond to concerns expressed by a child or young person.
- Work safely effectively with children.
Roshe Performing Arts requires:
- Relevant personnel to receive advisory information outlining good practice and informing them about what to do if they have concerns about the behaviour of an adult towards a young person.
- Relevant personnel to gain a national first aid training (where necessary).
Responding to allegations or suspicions
It is not the responsibility of anyone working in Roshe Performing Arts, in a paid or unpaid capacity to decide whether or not child abuse has taken place. However there is a responsibility to act on any concerns by reporting these to the appropriate team member. Roshe Performing Arts will assure all staff/volunteers that it will fully support and protect anyone, who in good faith reports his or her concern that a colleague is, or may be, abusing a child. Where there is a complaint against a member of staff there may be three types of investigation:
- a criminal investigation
- a child protection investigation
- a disciplinary or misconduct investigation.
The results of the police and child protection investigation may well influence and inform the disciplinary investigation, but all available information will be used to reach a decision.
Reporting concerns about poor practice
If, following consideration, the allegation is clearly about poor practice the management will deal with it as a misconduct issue.
Reporting concerns about suspected abuse
Any suspicion that a child has been abused by either a member of staff or a volunteer should be reported to the management, who will take such steps as considered necessary to ensure the safety of the child in question and any other child who may be at risk.
The Management will refer the allegation to the social services department who may involve the police.
The parents or carers of the child will be contacted as soon as possible following advice from the social services department.
If bullying is suspected, the same procedure should be followed as set out in ‘Responding to suspicions or allegations’ above.
Roshe Performing Arts’s actions to help the victim and prevent bullying:
- Take all signs of bullying very seriously.
- Encourage all children to speak and share their concerns
- Help the victim to speak out and tell the person in charge or management
- Create an open environment.
- Investigate all allegations and take action to ensure the victim is safe.
- Speak with the victim and the bully(ies) separately.
- Reassure the victim that teachers/volunteers can be trusted and will help them, although we cannot promise to tell no one else.
- Keep records of what is said (what happened, by whom, when).
- Report any concerns to the school (wherever the bullying is occurring).
Roshe Performing Arts’s action towards the bully(ies):
- Talk with the bully(ies), explain the situation, and try to get the bully (ies) to understand the consequences of their behaviour. Seek an apology to the victim(s).
- Inform the bully’s parents.
- Insist on the return of ‘borrowed’ items and that the bully(ies) compensate the victim.
- Provide support for the victim’s teacher.
- Impose sanctions as necessary.
- Encourage and support the bully(ies) to change behaviour.
- Hold meetings with the families to report on progress.
- Inform all organisation members of action taken.
- Keep a written record of action taken.
Most ‘low level’ incidents will be dealt with at the time by teachers and volunteers. However, if the bullying is severe (e.g. a serious assault), or if it persists despite efforts to deal with it, incidents should be referred to the management as in “responding to suspicions or allegations” above.
Use of photographs/film
Roshe Performing Arts has a strict policy when photographing or filming students
- The child must feel comfortable being photographed/filmed.
- Roshe Performing Arts would NEVER insist or force a child to do something they did not feel comfortable doing.
- All filming and photography will be carried out by staff or persons which have had background checks and who are never left alone with children without a member of the management team present.
- Photography and filming will always be in a safe environment for children.
- The publication of photographs and/or films will be for advertising or promotional purposes.
- Parents, carers and guardians can purchase photographs and/or films of their child from Roshe Performing Arts.
Health Declarations & Photography
All Parents have completed a Fitness to Perform Declaration Form and Photography/Video Consent Form which are held on file at the venue.