“World Dance Masters values children and vulnerable young adults as being a vital part of the organisation and desires to see them grow and mature in a healthy and safe environment”.
The aim of this policy is to promote good practice by providing children and vulnerable young adults with appropriate safety/protection when attending or participating in events or activities run by the (WDM) World Dance Masters.
Staff and volunteers in this organisation accept and recognise their responsibilities to develop awareness of the issues which cause children and vulnerable young adults harm.
We will endeavour to safeguard them by:
Throughout this policy the term abuse is used to refer to neglect, sexual abuse, psychological and physical abuse.
Behavioural Guidelines for Staff and Volunteers
It is important that children and vulnerable young adults are valued and respected.
The following guidelines can reduce likely situations for abuse of children and vulnerable young adults and help protect staff and volunteers from false accusations by making sure that, as a general rule,
It doesn’t make sense to….
Where occasions arise where it is unavoidable that these things do happen, they should occur with the full knowledge and consent of someone in charge of the organisation or the child’s/vulnerable young adult’s parents or guardians.
Staff and volunteers should never…
Any complaints, concerns or allegations should be made to the (WDM) World Dance Masters’ Child Protection Officer Bridget McAlinden giving as much information as possible.
The following check list gives indicators of information that may be required.
The Management Committee will decide what action needs to be taken. Notes of this meeting will be kept. If, at this meeting, the decision is taken that there is a risk to a young person, the relevant authorities will be informed.
The person who initially raised the concern will be kept updated on the outcome of this meeting.
Every effort will be made to ensure that confidentiality is maintained for all concerned. Information will be handled and disseminated on a need to know basis only. This may include all or some of the following people:
All information will be stored in a secure place with limited access to designated people, in line with data protection laws.