Child Protection Policy

Kaleidoscope Theatre Arts Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy (reviewed 28/08/2023)

KaleidoscopeTheatre Arts is fully committed to safeguarding the welfare of all children and young people up to the age of 18. A ‘child’ is anyone who has not reached their 18th birthday.

We recognise our responsibility to take all reasonable steps to promote safe practice and to protect children from harm, abuse and exploitation and our legal duty to act appropriately to any allegations, reports or suspicions of abuse 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.

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. We believe all children, whatever their age, gender, sexuality, race, disability, educational attainment or economic circumstance have the right to protection from abuse. We recognise some children are additionally vulnerable because of the impact of previous experiences, their level of dependency, communication needs or other issues.

This policy applies to our paid staff, guest teachers, volunteers, dancers or anyone working on behalf of Kaleidoscope Theatre Arts. All staff and volunteers have strict obligation to never subject a child or young person to harm or abuse. If this is not followed, any allegations or suspicions of abuse will be taken very seriously and treated as gross misconduct. Our policy can be viewed by parents of children who attend Kaleidoscope Theatre Arts and there will always be a copy kept on site.

The purpose of this policy:

To protect children and young people who dance at Kaleidoscope Theatre Arts including in regular classes, performances, workshops or any other activities linked to the dance school.

To provide parents, staff and volunteers guidance for our approach to child protection and what they should do if they suspect a child or young person may be experiencing, or is at risk of, harm.

Designated Safeguarding Lead:

Kaleidoscope Theatre Arts has a designated Safeguarding lead (DSL) who is in charge of ensuring that the child protection policy is adhered to. They will also track and record any safeguarding concerns and ensure that any concerns are shared with correct authorities.

The DSL is Sue Price and she can be contacted on: 07714 333114 or sue@kaleidoscopetheatrearts Training for this role includes:

• Child Protection Refresher 2022 1

• Online Safety 2022

• Home Office Prevent 2022

• Mental Wellbeing in Children and Young People 2021

• Understanding Anaphylaxsis 2021

• Understanding Asthma 2021

All teachers and volunteers at Kaleidoscope Theatre Arts will read and have access to this policy. They must also understand their legal and moral responsibility to protect children and young people from harm, abuse and exploitation and be able to confirm how they will safeguard the children in their care. This includes how to report concerns that arise about a child or young person, or a worker’s conduct towards a child or young person to the DSL or appropriate authorities.

The DSL will provide this information through trainings and regular meetings. Any updates will be communicated with staff.

Our duties and responsibilities:

• It is our requirement that all staff (teachers & volunteers over 18) have a clear and up-to- date enhanced DBS check and that they have up-to-date safeguarding training.

• Our teachers and volunteers have a duty to report anything concerning that has happened in class or any other concerns to the DSL at the next available opportunity. This must also be confirmed in writing as soon as possible if the initial conversation is verbal.

• Our teachers must take practical steps to keep our children safe from harm and abuse, including no disclosing of sensitive/personal information, keeping children safe from hazards in class and responding appropriately in the event of an accident.

Kaleidoscope Theatre Arts will seek to safeguard children and young people by:

• Ensuring everybody has the right to dance.

• Providing a safe space for our dancers where their views are valued and they are treated with respect and dignity.

• Focussing on the benefits of dance helping individuals personally and socially as well as physically.

• Building an environment of trust and providing space to talk, communicate and be listened to.

• Making sure that children, young people and their families know where to go for help if they have a concern.

Consent to share information:

At Kaleidoscope Theatre Arts, there are certain circumstances where we ask for consent from our parents such as photo/video permissions and performance permissions.

If a teacher discloses information to the DSL (see Appendix A) and we have concerns about the safety of a child and which must be referred to the Hertfordshire Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub, we will seek consent from the parents/carers involved who will be informed that we are referring a case and why.

If parents, carers or children refuse consent to information being shared, we are still able to refer to Hertfordshire Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub but it must be reported why consent is not given and this must be recorded. There are some instances where consent may not be sought:

• In the event of seeking medical attention (child is in immediate danger).

• If obtaining consent from the parent/carer could place the child or another family member at risk.

• If having a discussion with parents/carers will put you or a staff member at risk.

• It is our legal duty to disclose necessary information to relevant authorities as part of our responsibility for child protection. Any decisions to share information to protect a child from harm must be recorded with the reasons for the disclosure and whether or not the information has been shared. If the information is shared, you must recorded what has been shared and who with.

Child Protection:

Child Protection is part of safeguarding and focuses on protecting individual children identified as suffering or likely to suffer significant harm.

Significant harm is when someone may abuse or neglect a child when harm is inflicted or if there has been failure to act to prevent harm. Children may be abused by those known to them (e.g. family members or in a school/community setting) or by those unknown to them (e.g. on the internet). Abuse can be inflicted by an adult(s) or other children. Please see Appendix B for definitions of types of abuse.

All teachers and volunteers must be able to recognise and know how to act upon evidence of harm or abuse where a child’s health or development is impaired. Any concerns must be recorded and shared with the DSL.

What we do at Kaleidoscope Theatre Arts to protect our children:

• Treat all dancers and parents with respect and dignity.

• Put the welfare of each child first.

• Be aware of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health (of both children and adults).

• Ensure all paid staff and volunteers (aged 18+) who will be working with children will have an Enhanced DBS Check.

• Ensure all paid staff are fully insured.

• Never accepting bullying of any form.

• Ensure all adult members will provide a positive role model (including those helping in classes).

• Take action to stop any inappropriate behaviour.

• Keep informed of changes in legislation and policies for the protection of children.

• Undertake relevant professional development and training.

• Ensure all contact and medical details for every child is up to date and available at the place of teaching or performance.

• Ensure all staff receive safeguarding training.

• Ensure good reporting to our DSL and onwards to children’s social care if we ever suspect harm.

• Foster an environment of good communication, transparency and trust.

Allegations against staff

Any report of concern about the behaviour of a member of staff or allegation of abuse against a member of staff must immediately be reported to the DSL who will refer to the appropriate Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) if this is an allegation that a member of staff may have caused harm to a child.

The member of staff who reports the allegation or the member of staff alleged against must not have any part of any further investigation including questioning the children.

Safer Recruitment Policy:

When recruiting teachers and volunteers, we will follow the following process to ensure that any new staff are suitable to work with children. We will:

• Advertise vacancies widely.

• Ask for identification.

• Ask for proof of any qualifications.

• Ask for two references (one must be an employer).

• Ask for evidence of a clean, enhanced DBS check or apply for one (teachers will not be able to work unsupervised until this has come through).

• Ensure new staff are knowledgeable of our policies and safeguarding procedures.

This policy will be reviewed annually.

Date of last review: 28th August 2023