Do:- Make sure all staff and helpers understand the problems arising when dealing with children.
Do:- Make sure no child is ever left with any adult other than the child’s parent/guardian.
Do:- Ensure if changing accommodation is needed the children cannot be seen (spied upon) by anyone outside the changing area and that only responsible adults are in the changing area.
Do:- Make sure you are fully insured for professional negligence, indemnity and liability.
Do:- Ensure all staff are suitably qualified.
Do:- Avoid unnecessary physical contact.
Do:- Make sure a responsible member of staff remains on the premises until all the children have left and/or been collected.
Do:- Record any accident or incident in a daybook. If the incident seems particularly delicate, where possible, have the entry countersigned by some other adult.
Do:- Be aware that as a teacher you will be regarded as being in a position of authority and influence in respect of all pupils up to the age of 18.
Do:- Keep a proper attendance record of children attending the class.
Do:- Bear in mind the additional problems of the “Private Lesson”, If it is not possible to have another adult present, make sure you have the agreement of the parent/guardian to the arrangement.
Do:- If you have to remonstrate with a child, make a note in the daybook and tell the parent/guardian at the first opportunity.
Do:- Remember children may not be aware of risks adults would appreciate and keep them away from potential dangers. (e.g. hot hair tongs).
Do:- Ensure that work taught in class is within the physical capability of the child and the child is not put at risk by attempting something beyond his/her physical prowess and potentially dangerous.
Do:- If traveling to competitions try to ensure there is always at least one other responsible adult with the party.
Do Not:- Swear in children’s presence and never at a child.
Do Not:- Allow “horse play” in the school.
Do Not:- Allow any younger child to leave until a parent/guardian has collected the child from the school.
Do Not:- Touch the child unless a parent/guardian is present and only after the parent/guardian understands the need to do so.
Do Not:- Neglect any individual child, giving undue attention to another.
Do Not:- Allow any child to use offensive or abusive language or physical behaviour to another.
Do Not:- Engage staff or helpers without making sure, as far as possible, that they do not have a history of child abuse in any form.
Do Not:- Make a favourite of any child.
Do Not:- Take photographs of children without the parent’s/guardian’s permission.
Do Not:- Comment about a child’s clothes, appearance or religion unless it is directly related to the work of the class.
Do Not:- Give children work which would exceed their physical capabilities or let them do anything which could place them in danger.
Do Not:- Never take a child or children home in your car or arrange to meet them outside the confines of the school without the specific agreement of the parent/guardian.
We would strongly recommend that every ADFP school formulates its own child protection policy. Insurance companies and other official bodies may ask for the site of such a policy document before granting cover or even allowing the hire of halls etc.
A DRAFT CHILD PROTECTION POLICY FOR DANCE SCHOOLS:
1. It is the policy of the school to provide efficient up-to-date, enjoyable and safe instruction in dance to all pupils who enrol in the school of join in the classes or activities.
2. The premises and equipment will be checked regularly for any defects or faults that exist or may have developed which might present hazards to anyone attending the premises.
3. The premises will be cleaned regularly to prevent any hazard to health from accumulated dirt or rubbish.
4. All instruction will be geared to the previous experience of the pupil/s and no person will be required to perform movements beyond their intrinsic capabilities. Staff will be sensitive to all pupils’ religious beliefs and cultures.
5. No energetic instruction will be given without pupils undergoing a ‘warm-up’ session and after an energetic session completing a ‘cool-down’ session.
6. No smoking is permitted in public enclosed or substantially enclosed areas and all workplaces.
7. A daybook will be kept to allow records to be kept of any incident in the school, injuries of any nature to staff and/or pupils and the dates when fire extinguishers, fire alarms and so on have been serviced.
8. No very young pupil will be allowed to leave the school premises until collected by a parent/guardian or other adult authorized to do so by the parent/guardian. A member of staff will remain on the premises until all pupils have left.
9. No pupil under the age of 16 will be driven home by a member of staff in his/her car without the permission of a parent/guardian or in the event of an emergency.
10. Normally no member of staff will be alone with a young pupil for any substantial period of time without the consent of a parent/guardian or other authorized person.
11. If appropriate, changing facilities will be provided. Where possible parent/guardian should supervise their own children in the changing area otherwise supervision will not be by a single adult.
12. No child may be photographed or videoed without the consent of the parent/guardian.
13. No staff will knowingly be employed who have a criminal record for child molestation. Where appropriate suitable checks will be made with the Protection of Children Act list and the DfEE List 99 and if the applicant is recorded on either he/she will not be employed in a position that involves dealing with children.
14. Only suitable qualified persons will be employed in a teaching capacity while any student engaged to assist with teaching will only work under supervision of a qualified member of staff.
15. In the event of activities outside the school premises the instructors will regard themselves as being in ‘Loco Parentis’ and, so far applicable and within their control, apply the preceding and subsequent guidelines as if the event was in their own studio.
16. Teachers will avoid any unnecessary physical contact with pupils. However parent/guardian should understand that some aspects of teaching involve some contact. Where it is necessary teachers will use the utmost discretion and, in any event not do so without another adult in the room.
17. The school principal(s) ensure that he/she and the members of staff are properly covered against incidents involving public liability and professional negligence insurance.
18. The school principal(s) undertake not to involve in misleading or false advertising.
19. No form of discrimination, by colour, religion, child’s background etc. will be tolerated in the school.
20. At all times, all staff will endeavour to keep the highest standards of instruction and behaviour. The school principal(s) retain the right to discharge from the school any pupil who persistently disrupts the tuition, uses offensive language, or other anti-social behaviour.