SAFEGUARDING AND CHILD PROTECTION POLICY
RAPA Dance recognise the need for the welfare and safeguarding of children to be a main priority for all staff employed by the school. We recognise that it is a priority for all adults working with children to maintain a safe environment and appropriately refer any concerns or incidents of a child protection nature to children’s services.
Section 11 of the Children Act 2004 places a statutory duty on key people and bodies to make arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. In addition this guidance should be considered alongside the Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education Guidance, issued to support educational organisations in meeting their responsibilities under sections 175 and 157 of the Education Act 2002.
As an independent supplementary school RAPA Dance is led by the statutory guidance and implements appropriate processes to ensure that children on the school’s register are subject to a safe environment.
Children within the school are provided with an environment where they are able to approach any member of staff should they have a concern or they are feeling anxious about something that has happened to them.
The school places a high importance upon the emotional welfare of children who attend and believe that a healthy and supportive environment encourages maximisation of potential as the child develops.
RAPA Dance is committed to the welfare of all pupils and prioritises a child friendly safe and secure environment within the classroom/studio in which children feel able to enjoy the time spent there.
This is particularly noted through the importance placed upon response to any concerns that may arise around bullying of pupils. The Principal would speak to the victim in the first instance and their parent/s or guardian to gain a deeper understanding of the issues that may have arisen, teaching staff would be made aware of the situation so that monitoring can take place and a mentor offered to the victim in the form of an older student.
The alleged perpetrator and their parent/s or guardian would also be spoken to with clear guidelines around appropriate behaviour and these expectations then put in writing.
ON SITE & GENERAL SAFETY
RAPA Dance, dance class timetable is run out of studios and spaces that are rented and not privately owned thus making them available to the public during hours of the school operation. Although it is un common for outsiders to be able to enter the school we cannot be held responsible for any incident that occurs outside of the classroom/studio as these are public areas. We insist all children are accompanied to and from the buildings due to them being open to the public. (Please see our terms and conditions). When onsite and not in the classroom we also require children to be accompanied by an adult when waiting for classes where possible. We understand children come after school for activities during the week and encourage parents to stay with their children especially up to at least secondary school age. If parents leave their children (under the age of 18years) unattended that is their individual decision but we cannot be held responsible for this choice as our “loci parentis” responsibility is in the classroom situation as that’s where our staff are during their timetabled hours. If children should find themselves on their own outside then we do allow children to sit in the studio quietly doing homework or other quiet activities that do not distract from the class in session. If those waiting in the classroom become a distraction to the lesson in progress then the teacher does have the right to request they leave should disruption become detrimental to those in the lesson and parents will then be contacted at this point for pick up. There is to be no smoking anywhere on Ratton School grounds.
All staff and volunteers have regular DBS checks and many are licensed chaperones.
Any staff member or volunteer who assists with performances or school trips has a minimum of a DBS with the majority of these holding a current chaperones or matron’s license that has been obtained from the local authority in which they reside.
If an allegation is made against a member of staff or volunteer this will be managed in accordance with the Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education guidelines with a copy of this kept on the school’s premises.
PHOTOGRAPHY AND SOCIAL MEDIA
Any photography taken at RAPA DANCE is taken with complete consent via the terms and conditions form, unless requested otherwise. Any photographs or video taken of any children from parents with more than one child will be for private use only and will not be shared o any social media sites.