Boys Ballet Academy acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and is committed to ensuring our safeguarding practice complies with best practice and reflects statutory responsibilities and government guidance.
Boys Ballet Academy 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.
The policy recognises that the welfare and interests of children are paramount in all circumstances. It aims to ensure that regardless of age, ability or disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, socio-economic background, all children:
- have a positive and enjoyable experience of dance at Boys Ballet Academy in a safe and child centred environment
- are protected from abuse whilst participating in dance or outside of the activity. Boys Ballet Academy acknowledges that some children, including disabled children and young people or those from ethnic minority communities, can be particularly vulnerable to abuse and we accept the responsibility to take reasonable and appropriate steps to ensure their welfare.
As part of our safeguarding policy Boys Ballet Academy will:
- promote and prioritise the safety and well being of children and young people
- value, listen to and respect our pupils
- ensure enthusiastic and constructive criticism will be given to pupils rather than negative criticism
- ensure all adult members will provide a positive role model
- ensure everyone understands their roles and responsibilities in respect of safeguarding and is provided with appropriate learning opportunities to recognise, identify and respond to signs of abuse, neglect and other safeguarding concerns relating to children and young people
- ensure to recruit staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made.
- ensure appropriate action is taken in the event of incidents/concerns of abuse and support provided to the individual/s who raise or disclose the concern
- ensure that confidential, detailed and accurate records of all safeguarding concerns are maintained and securely stored
- create and maintain an anti-bullying environment and ensure that we have a policy and procedure to help us deal effectively with any bullying that does arise
- appoint a nominated child protection lead for children and young people
- 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).
- ensure private or unobserved contact with a young person or vulnerable adult is avoided wherever possible unless authorised on the appropriate consent form by a parent or guardian and recorded, e.g. for a 1:1 private dance lesson.
- ensure robust safeguarding arrangements and procedures are in operation.
- ensure all the teachers hold enhanced DBS disclosures and are fully insured. Teachers are also First Aid trained and regularly attend Child Protection and Safeguarding Training.
- ensure children will be chaperoned at all times by their own parent or a local authority licenced chaperone whilst taking part in performances.
- maintain Public Liability insurance for protection of all staff, volunteers and pupils
The policy and procedures will be widely promoted and are mandatory for everyone involved in Boys Ballet Academy. Failure to comply with the policy and procedures will be addressed without delay and may ultimately result in dismissal/exclusion from the organisation.
Appropriate Physical Contact in dance:
Physical contact in a dance class is sometimes required to correct the posture or position of a student. Teaching dance is a physical activity and a teacher will sometimes need to make physical contact with a student to show an idea or to correct the student’s position.
This can include:
- Adjusting arms, legs, rib cage, hips, feet, hands
- Moving one student in relation to another
Where contact is needed, we will remain sensitive to the student’s wishes and put their welfare first. In all cases, we will say why and how we will be correcting the student’s position before making any contact. We encourage students to report any concerns
BBA safeguarding officers:
Boys Ballet Academy has a designated Safeguarding lead who is in charge of ensuring that the child protection policy is adhered to.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Rachel Jones and she can be contacted on: 07488 349844
There is also an assistant DSL who is Claire Jones and she can be contacted on 07807 489503
The policy will be reviewed annually, or beforehand in the following circumstances:
- changes in legislation and/or government guidance
- as required by the Local Safeguarding Children Board, UK Sport and/or Home Country Sports Councils.
- as a result of any other significant change or event.
(Last reviewed April 2020)