Safeguarding & Child Protection
It is generally well understood by parents that under the Education Act 2002 (section 175/157), schools must “make arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children”.
What is less well known, is that there is no legal requirement for Out Of School Settings (a dance school is considered to be one of these) to have safeguarding policies and proceedures in place.
At Colours of Dance, we are committed to best practise in all areas of our school, and therefore, we benchmark ourselves against the requirements of the Local Authority Safeguarding proceedures for schools and the requirements of the Education Act 2002.
To demonstrate this, we make the statements below and have also signed up to the voluntary code of practise published by the Department for Education in October 2020. This document may be found here:
Furthermore, our Principal has become a founder member of a new working group, Safer Dance, dedicated to ensuring that children are dancing in safe places and that parents are well-informed.
Our committment to Safeguarding & Child Protection:
We will endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued.
The school will therefore be alert to signs of abuse and neglect and will follow the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) procedures to ensure that children receive appropriate and effective support and protection.
Parents/carers should know that the law requires all school staff to pass on information which gives rise to a concern about a child’s welfare, including risk from neglect, physical, emotional or sexual abuse. The school should make parents/carers aware that records of welfare concerns may be kept about their child. They should be informed that school staff will seek, in general, to discuss any concerns with them including referrals to other agencies. However, in situations where the child is suspected to be at risk of harm, the law says that schools may take advice from other agencies without informing parents/carers.
In accordance with local Information Sharing protocols, we will ensure that information is shared securely and sensitively. Information will only be shared with other services where it is deemed necessary and proportionate to ensure that children and young people are safe and receive the right service.
Schools will seek advice from Social Care when they have reasonable cause to suspect a child may be suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. Occasionally, concerns are passed on which are later shown to be unfounded. Parents/carers will appreciate that the member of staff in the school with responsibility for child protection (known as the Designated Safeguarding Lead or Designated Person) was carrying out their responsibilities in accordance with the law and acting in the best interests of all children.
Under Section 3 (5) of the Children Act 1989, schools or any person who has care of a child “may….do what is reasonable in all the circumstances of the case for the purpose of safeguarding or promoting the child’s welfare”. This means that on rare occasions, a school may need to “hold” a child in school whilst Social Care and the police investigate any concerns further.
* The word ‘school’ is used throughout but this would include all educational settings e.g. Academies, Pupil Referral Units, Further Education establishments and Independent schools.
The Colours of Dance Safeguarding Policy may be read in full here: pol-cod-app3a-safeguardingpolicy.pdf, or in the Colours of Dance Office.
Covid-19 - additional Policies
The following additional policies will be in force during the Covid-19 Pandemic and relate to health & safety measures to be implemented across the school.
Colours of Dance Covid-19 Health & Safety Policy
Medical Declaration required by all building users
Health & Safety Policy
The Colours of Dance Safeguarding Policy is closely aligned with our Health & Safety Policy, and forms part of our whole school protective ethos. To see the Health and Safety Policy in Full, click pol-cod-app4-health-safetypolicy.pdf