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Safeguarding Policy

Effective: April 2024​​

At Freedom 2 Dance , we are committed to creating a safe and welcoming environment for all our members, especially children and vulnerable adults. This policy outlines our approach to safeguarding and the procedures we have in place to protect everyone involved in our school.

Designated Safeguarding Leads

Our Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs) are responsible for overseeing the implementation of our safeguarding policy and procedures. If you have any concerns or need to report an issue, please contac

Michelle Stacey Dickinson (Miss Belle)

Email: info@freedom2dance.co.uk

Tel: 07855 377814

Laurabeth Jaggar (Miss Laura)

Email: info@freedom2dance.co.uk

Tel: 07815 817709

 

Commitment to Safeguarding

We are dedicated to:

  • Promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults.

  • Protecting children and vulnerable adults from harm.

  • Providing a safe environment where children and vulnerable adults can learn and develop.

  • Ensuring that all staff and volunteers understand their responsibilities in safeguarding.

Safeguarding Principles

Our safeguarding principles are based on the following:

  • Best Interests of the Child: The welfare of the child is paramount.

  • Equal Protection: All children and vulnerable adults, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation, or identity, have the right to equal protection from harm.

  • Prevention: Taking action before harm occurs.

  • Partnerships: Working with children, parents, and other agencies to promote welfare.

Safeguarding Procedures

To ensure the safety of our members, we have implemented the following procedures:

  • Recruitment: We follow rigorous recruitment procedures to ensure that all staff and volunteers are suitable to work with children and vulnerable adults.

  • Training: All staff and volunteers receive safeguarding training to understand their roles and responsibilities.

  • Code of Conduct: We have a code of conduct that outlines the behaviour expected of all staff, volunteers, and members.

  • Reporting Concerns: All concerns and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to appropriately. Concerns should be reported to our DSLs.

  • Confidentiality: We respect the confidentiality of all individuals and handle information in accordance with data protection laws.

Responding to Concerns

If a child or vulnerable adult discloses abuse or if there is a suspicion of abuse, the following steps will be taken:

  • Listen carefully and take their concern seriously.

  • Reassure them that they have done the right thing by speaking up.

  • Do not promise confidentiality, as it may be necessary to inform relevant authorities.

  • Report the concern to a DSL immediately.

External Contacts

For additional support and to report concerns outside of our organisation, the following contacts are available:

  • NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children)

    • Website: www.nspcc.org.uk

    • Helpline: 0808 800 5000

    • Childline (for children and young people): 0800 1111

Review and Monitoring

This policy will be reviewed annually, or sooner if there are significant changes in legislation or circumstances. All staff and volunteers will be informed of any updates.

Thank you for your cooperation in ensuring the safety and well-being of all our members.

 

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