Our Safeguarding Policy

This policy applies to all staff, including senior managers, paid staff, volunteers/ freelance teachers, students or anyone working on behalf of Rossendale Dance & Drama Centre (RDDC).

The purpose of this policy is:

  • To protect children and young people who receive RDDC’s services. This includes the children of adults who use our services;
  • To provide staff and volunteers with the overarching principles that guide our approach to safeguarding

RDDC believes that a child or young person should never have to experience abuse of any kind. We have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and young people and to keep them safe. We are committed to practice in a way that protects them.

Legal Framework

This policy has been drawn up on the basis of law and guidance that seeks tp protect children, namely:

  • The Children Act 1989 (as amended).
  • The Children and Social Work Act 2017.
  • Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019.
  • Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018.
  • The Education Act 2002.
  • The United Nations convention on the Rights of the Child 1992.
  • The Equality Act 2010.
  • The Children and Families Act 2014.
  • The Human Rights Act 1998

We recognise that

  • The welfare of the child or young person is paramount.
  • Some children are especially vulnerable due to the impact of previous experiences, their level of dependency, their communication needs or other issues
  • All children regardless of their age, disability, gender, race, religious beliefs, sexual orientation or identity, have the right to equal protection from harm
  • Working in partnership with young people, their parents, vulnerable adults, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting the welfare of those we need to protect

We will aim to keep children safe by:

  • Valuing them, listening to them and respecting them as individuals
  • Implementing thorough procedures and a code of practice for staff and volunteers which adopts child protection best practices
  • Developing and implementing an effective e-safety policy
  • Providing effective management for all staff and volunteers through supervision, support and training
  • Recruiting staff and volunteers using safer recruitment best practice, ensuring all necessary checks are completed
  • Sharing information about child protection and good practice with children, parents, staff and volunteers
  • Sharing concerns with relevant agencies and involving parents and children appropriately
  • Informing all visitors or RDDC of policies and safeguarding expectations

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is,

Jemma Dransfield –  info@rddc.co.uk

Dance School Safeguarding Services – Safeguarding Children certificate

Local Child Protection Team

Rossendale – 0300 123 6720

Bury – 0161 253 5678

Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)

Tim Booth – 01772 536 694 – timbooth@lancashire.gov.uk

NSPCC Helpline – 0808 800 5000 – help@nspcc.org.ukWe are committed to reviewing our policy and good practice annually