Dance4health, The African Approach To Fitness is a dance group that is open to the community with the aim of promoting the Family Unit and marketing its goodies. We also aim to provide an exciting and safe environment for all individuals of all ages to learn new dance routines while perfecting their performance skills. Our main objectives are to improve and sustain health and wellbeing & rebuilding relationships with a taste of Nigerian Igbo heritage and culture.
We aim to improve participant’s wellness, self-confidence, fitness, but importantly, to provide an environment where to have fun and meet new friends. This classes will promote cultural dance-exercises and other activities to encourage parent and children bonding. This will help to impact on current societal issues around gun and knife crimes, teenage pregnancy, peer pressure and other family and peer challenges.
CODE OF CONDUCT
CODE OF CONDUCT FOR DANCERS
Dance4Health is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the well-being of all dancers and staff/ volunteers associated with the group. To ensure the effective running of the group and to protect all individuals connected to it, it is important that the following codes of conduct are read, always respected and adhered to:
CODE OF CONDUCT FOR PARENTS / GUARDIANS
Dance4Health is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the well-being of all dancers, members and staff associated with the group. To ensure the effective running of sessions and to protect all individuals connected with the group, it is important that the following codes of conduct are read, always respected and adhered to:
Failure to abide by this code of conduct may lead to exclusion.
CHILD PROTECTION POLICY
Whilst the prime focus of Dance4Health is to create a great session for its dancers, we recognise that the safety, welfare and care of children in our group is paramount. We are always therefore committed to the highest standards in protecting and safeguarding children entrusted to our care.
We will ensure that arrangements are in place for:
To protect children, we will aim to:
Dance4Health will support all children by:
The role of all members and other persons
Listening to children is a fundamental role of all persons working with children. Any observations, which could potentially indicate abuse, should be carefully noted. It is important to:
We recognise that all matters relating to Child Protection are confidential. The DSP or Chaperone will disclose any information about a child to other members of the production on a need to know basis only.
We recognise that other personnel working in the industry/company who have become involved with a child who has suffered harm or appears to be likely to suffer harm may find the situation stressful and upsetting. We will support such personnel by providing an opportunity to talk through their anxieties with the DSP and to seek further support as appropriate. All personnel can access confidential support and counselling
The role of the Designated Senior Person (DSP)
The DSP is responsible for:
All concerns must be passed to the DSP who will seek advice/make a judgement as to whether a referral to Social Care Services or the need for any other action to be taken.
If a disclosure is made or an instructor has reason to believe abuse has occurred an incident report should be completed as soon as possible and passed to the DSP. Any original notes should be signed, dated and securely attached to the incident report form. All members must be aware of the high level of confidentiality of notes and individual members should pass all notes and records onto the DSP.
Upon submitting a report, the individual and the DSP should catalogue the form, sign and date the incident book to prove the procedure has been followed.
All child protection allegations against a dance instructor must be reported directly to the Child protection agency directly (and not the DSP) without informing the subject of the concern/allegation.
The full evidence will be made available to the individual subject of the allegation as soon as is agreed appropriate within the ongoing needs of any investigation by the Police, Social Care Services, or by any disciplinary process.
In some cases, it may be necessary for the individual to be suspended whilst an investigation is carried out. It must be recognised that any decision to suspend a member of the organisation is without prejudice and on full pay (if applicable) and is not an indication of any proof or of any guilt.
Any complaint or concern of a child protection nature received by any person and relating to a dance instructor must be passed in confidence to the DSP who will give advice and support including contacting the Social Services team.
All dance instructors need to be aware of their vulnerability to allegations and must address their practice accordingly. All members must adhere to the organisation’s policy/guidance in respect to safe conduct.
Include references to:
Children cannot be expected to raise concerns in an environment where members fail to do so. All dance instructors should be aware of their duty to raise concerns, where they exist, about the attitude or actions of colleagues.
Dance4Healths adhere to the Newham Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) procedures.
The DSP will ensure the following reporting and recording procedures are maintained:
Parents and Carers
Parents and carers will be made aware of the Dance4Health’s policy through published information on our website.
A copy of this policy is available to all parents, carers and children upon request.
Teaching and Learning
The sessions will be used to raise children’s awareness and build confidence so that they have a range of strategies to support their own protection and understanding of protecting others.
Dance4Health will promote child support services and display of contact information, e.g. Childline,
All our dance instructors will receive training on child protection procedures and will receive updates and refreshers as necessary. The DSP undertake core training to carry out her role and will be required to attend refresher training updates every 2 years.
Child Protection training will be clearly cross referenced and supplemented by other areas of training for the dance instructors, including appropriate touch, care & control (including safe restraint), behaviour management and risk assessment.
This policy will be reviewed annually by Paul Nweze
This policy was adopted by Ijeoma Nweze and Paul Nweze, Director of Dance4Health
Dance4Health is committed to the highest standards in protecting and safeguarding the children entrusted to our care.
Dance4Health will support all children by:
We recognise that some children may be the victims of neglect, physical, sexual or emotional abuse. Our dance instructors that work with children are well placed to identify such abuse.
To protect our children, we aim to:
Review date: 01 October 2019