Last Updated: October 2013 / Review Date: September 2014
2 Policy Statement, Principles & Aims
3 Roles & Responsibilities
5 Complaints Procedure
6 Whistle Blowing
8 Staff Training
9 Photography & Images
10 Mobile Phones
11 Safeguarding & Child Protection Procedures;
- Recognizing Abuse
- Indicators of Abuse
- Impact of Abuse
- Taking Action
- Children at Risk
- Discloses Abuse
- Notifying Parents
- Sexually Harmful Behavior
- Confidentiality & Information sharing
- Child Protection Agencies
This document provides details of Dramacube’s safeguarding children and child protection policy. The policy informs staff, schools, parents and pupils of our safeguarding practices and procedures. For further clarification on any of the following please contact the Dramacube office on 020 8580 3962.
Our core principles on safeguarding are;
- To ensure the safety and wellbeing of all children
- To provide a safe and secure environment for children to learn, develop and grow
- To build a team of teachers who can help children to develop through safe and inspiring techniques
- To review our policies on an annual basis
2) Policy Statement, Principles & Aims
We recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children. We endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued. We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and follow our procedures to ensure that children receive effective support, protection and justice.
The procedures contained in this policy apply to all staff regardless of their role within the organisation.
- Dramacube will ensure that the welfare of children is given paramount consideration when developing and delivering all workshop content
- All children, regardless of age, gender, ability, culture, race, language, religion or sexual identity, have equal rights to protection
- All staff have an equal responsibility to act on any suspicion behaviour or disclosure that may suggest a child is at risk of harm in accordance with this guidance
- All pupils and staff involved in child protection issues will receive appropriate support from the Dramacube management. This will be offered in line with the terms set out in this policy.
- To provide all staff with the necessary information to enable them to meet their statutory responsibilities to promote and safeguard the wellbeing of children
- To encourage an open conversation with staff to ensure they feel confident to report concerns
- To ensure consistent good practice across all Dramacube classes and workshops
- To demonstrate our commitment to safeguarding children and protecting those who are at risk
3) Roles & Responsibilities
Every member of Dramacube personnel has an equal responsibility to report any concerns they may have around child safety. Staff are required to report any incident directly to the company management. If a conflict within the organisation occurs and a member of staff feels that the management are unable to help then contact should be made with the local authority.
With regards to school workshops, all concerns will be reported directly to the school and to the company management. Any report will then be followed up with the appropriate action taken.
Support for those involved in a child care issue should be obtained through the local authority appropriate to the location in which the family live. Dramacube will endeavour to ensure families receive appropriate levels of support through the official channels.
5) Complaints Procedure
Our complaints procedure will be followed where a child or parent raises a concern about poor practice towards a child that initially does not reach the threshold for child protection action.
Poor practice examples include unfairly singling out a child, using sarcasm or humiliation as a form of control, bullying or belittling a child or discriminating against them in some way. Complaints are managed by the company management.
6) Whistle Blowing
All staff have a responsibility to report their concerns to Dramacube management. If there is a conflict of interests then issues should be reported to the local authority.
With regard to school workshops, any concerns will be raised directly with the school via the Dramacube management.
7) Allegations against staff
At Dramacube we ensure staff are not asked to work on a one to one basis with children. We have a minimum ratio of one staff member to every 15 children. All staff are required to provide up to date CRB certificates with relevant proof of identification prior to working with Dramacube.
Should an allegation against a member of staff be made, this will be investigated by the company management and where appropriate, reported to the local authority. Should an allegation be made against a member of the management, this can be escalated to the local authority without internal investigation.
8) Staff Training
It is important that all staff are given access to the appropriate resources to enable them to recognise the possible signs of abuse and neglect and to know what to do if they have a concern. When working with Dramacube staff are directed towards local authority guidance to ensure they fully understand their responsibilities when working with children.
9) Photography & Images
When photographic of video footage is recorded Dramacube;
- Seek parental consent for images or footage to taken for use of marketing purposes
- Only use the child’s first name with an image
- Ensure that children are appropriately dressed
- Encourage children to tell us if they are worried about any photographs that are taken of them
With regards to school workshops, permission is requested from the school prior to any images or video footage being captured.
10) Mobile Phones
We acknowledge that some children may attend Dramacube sessions with a mobile device however usage of such devices are not permitted during classes unless a genuine reason is specified such as calling a parent.
11) Safeguarding & Child Protection Procedures;
We recognize that child abuse does happen and can take its form in a number of ways including: physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse and neglect.
Physical abuse may involve hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning or scalding, drowning, suffocating or otherwise causing physical harm to a child. Physical harm may also be caused when a parent or carer fabricates the symptoms of, or deliberately induces illness in a child (this used to be called Munchausen’s Syndrome by Proxy, but is now more usually referred to as fabricated or induced illness).