All members of staff at JAGO PERFORMERS have been checked by the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) to ensure your child is safe and secure.
JAGO PERFORMERS are fully insured public liability and professional indemnity

When registration commences, JAGO PERFORMERS will comply with new government legislation by registering every member of staff both professional and volunteer with the Independant Safeguarding Authority (ISA).



CHILD PROTECTION POLICY

Child Protection Officer: Katie Ingram

   
JAGO PERFORMERS believes that:


  * The welfare of children is paramount.
   
  * All children, whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious beliefs and/or sexual identity have the right to protection from abuse.
   
*  All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.
   
  * All staff (paid/voluntary) working in dance have a responsibility to report concerns to the appropriate officer.

 
Policy Statement

JAGO PERFORMERS has a duty of care to safeguard all children from harm.  All children have a right to protection and the needs of disabled children and others who may be particularly vulnerable must be taken into account.  JAGO PERFORMERS will ensure the safety and protection of all children through adherence to the Child
protection guidelines outlined.


A child is defined as under 18 according to The Children Act 1989.
 
Policy Aims

The aim of the JAGO PERFORMERS Child Protection Policy is to promote good practice:

   
  * Providing children and young people with appropriate safety and protection whilst in our care.   
    
 * Allow all staff/volunteers to make informed and confident responses to specific child protection issues.

 * Ensure that all staff/volunteers avoid making decisions which could put a child at risk.

 
* Promoting good practice

JAGO PERFORMERS will encourage the following:

   
 * Always working in an open environment where possible avoiding private or unobserved situations.
   
* Treating all young people equally, and with respect and dignity.
   
* Always putting the welfare of each young person first.
   
 * Building balanced relationships based on mutual trust to empower children.
   
 * Keeping up to date with the technical skills, qualifications and insurance.
       
 * Giving enthusiastic and constructive feedback rather than negative criticism.
   
 * Recognising the developments, needs and capacity of young people - avoiding excessive training or competition.
   
 * Securing parental consent in writing to act in loco parentis, if the need arises to give permission for the administration of emergency first aid and/or other medical treatment.
   
 * Keeping a written record of any injury that occurs, along with the details of any treatment given.
  
     

 Practice never to be sanctioned:

* The following should never be sanctioned.  You should never:

   
  * Engage in rough, physical or sexually provocative games, including horseplay.
   
  * Share a room with a child.
   
  * Allow or engage in any form of inappropriate touching.
   
  * Allow children to use inappropriate language unchallenged.
   
 * Make sexually suggestive comments to a child, even in fun.
   
  * Reduce a child to tears as a form of control.
   
  * Allow allegations made by a child to go unchallenged, unrecorded or not acted upon.
   
  * Do things of a personal nature for children that they can do for themselves.
   
 * Invite or allow children to stay at your home unsupervised.

Practice to be avoided:

The following should be avoided except in emergencies.  If cases arise where these situations are unavoidable they should only occur with the full knowledge and consent of someone in charge or the child's parents. 
   
   * Avoid spending excessive amounts of time alone with children away from others.
   
   * Avoid taking children to your home where they will be alone with you.

 
Photography/Videography

Under no circumstances must parents, family, friends or any other person photograph of film a child other than their own offspring.

Photographs/film should not be taken when other children are in shot of the camera.

JAGO PERFORMERS will occasionally use photography/videography for promotion and advertising and sometimes training but NEVER without parental consent.
 

Staff

    All staff will be asked to:

    * Provide an appropriate, up to date CRB check.
   
    * Evidence of identity (passport or driving licence with photo)

   * Read anf familiarise themselves with our Child Protection Policy.

 
Suspected abuse

Any suspicion that a child has been abused by either a member of staff or a volunteer should be reported to the principal who will take such steps as considered necessary to ensure the safety of the child in question and any other child who may be at risk.
 
Bullying

   * Take all signs of bullying very seriously.

    * Encourage all children to speak and share their concerns.  Help the victim to speak out and tell the person in charge or someone in authority.  Create an open environment.
   
  * Investigate all allegations and take action to ensure the victim is safe.  Speak with the victim and the bully/ies separately.
   
   * Reassure the victim that you can be trusted and will help them, although you cannot promise to tell no one else.
   
   * Keep records of what is said (what happened by whom, when etc).
   
   * Report any concerns to the Principal.

 Action towards bullying

   
    * Talk with the bully, explain the situation and try to get the bully/ies to understand the consequences of their behaviour.  Seek an apology to the victim/s.
   
    * Inform the bully's parents.
   
    * Provide support for the teacher of the victim.
   
    * Encourage a change of behaviour from the bully.
  
    * Ensure all relevant staff are aware of the situation.

    * Keep a written record of action taken.


Simon Hundley
Principal








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