Signature Cheer & Dance Studio Statement of Commitment to Child Safety:
- Our organisation is committed to child safety.
- We want children to be safe, happy and empowered. We support and respect all children, as well as our staff and volunteers.
- We are committed to the safety, participation and empowerment of all children.
- We have zero tolerance of child abuse, and all allegations and safety concerns will be treated very seriously and consistently with our robust policies and procedures.
- We have legal and moral obligations to contact authorities when we are worried about a child’s safety, which we follow rigorously.
- Our organisation is committed to preventing child abuse and identifying risks early, and removing and reducing these risks.
- Our organisation has robust human resources and recruitment practices for all staff and volunteers.
- Our organisation is committed to regularly talking about and training and educating our staff and volunteers on child abuse risks.
- We support and respect all children, as well as our staff and volunteers. We are committed to the cultural safety of Aboriginal children, the cultural safety of children from a culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, and to providing a safe environment for children with a disability.
- We have specific policies, procedures and training in place that support our leadership team, staff and volunteers to achieve these commitments.
- We are aware of the inherent risks associated with dance schools and we continue to evaluate these risks and implement solutions to keep our young people safe
- We are committed to providing an environment where all young people feel valued and can learn in a supportive atmosphere regardless of their skill level
- We are committed to employing teachers that uphold these values and we will stop classes and remove a teacher should we feel their behaviour is inappropriate
- We lead on child safety from the top. Studio owners and key management staff all uphold and practice child safety and are on hand to support others in the organisation.
- Whilst we believe that discipline is important in the dance training industry, this does not involve yelling in a demeaning manner or isolating, threatening, bullying or victimising students.
- Each teacher will have very clear expectations for behaviour in class and this will be communicated directly to students, whilst all students are expected to comply with these expectations, we must all agree that they are fair and just.
- Parents are an important part of our dance community and should always feel their children are safe. We expect all parents and carers to uphold the child safe standards and code of conduct.
- Our policies are well communicated to all staff, volunteers, children, families and members of the community.
- We are committed to the holistic development of the children in our care and endeavour to incorporate discussions, workshops, displays and good teaching practice on health and wellbeing. This includes physical, mental and emotional health
- We have zero tolerance of bullying and regularly work with our staff, teachers and students to ensure this is embedded in our culture.
- We have stringent anti bullying policies in place to support our commitment to child safety.
- We are committed to continually improving our facilities to ensure the safety of our children and young people and to remove all risks of child abuse
If you believe a child is at immediate risk of abuse phone 000
Signature Cheer & Dance Studio Child-Safe Code of Conduct
All staff, volunteers and board members of Signature Cheer & Dance Studio are required to observe child safe principles and expectations for appropriate behaviour towards and in the company of children, as noted below.
All personnel of Signature Cheer & Dance Studio are responsible for supporting the safety, participation, wellbeing and empowerment of children by:
- adhering to Signature Cheer & Dance Studio child safe policy at all times / upholding Signature Cheer & Dance Studio statement of commitment to child safety at all times
- taking all reasonable steps to protect children from abuse
- treating everyone with respect
- listening and responding to the views and concerns of children, particularly if they are telling you that they or another child has been abused and/or are worried about their safety or the safety of another
- promoting the cultural safety, participation and empowerment of Aboriginal children (for example, by never questioning an Aboriginal child’s self-identification)
- promoting the cultural safety, participation and empowerment of children with culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds (for example, by having a zero tolerance of discrimination)
- promoting the safety, participation and empowerment of children with a disability (for example, during personal care activities)
- ensuring as far as practicable that adults are not left alone with a child. All private lessons must be conducted with windows and where appropriate doors open. Parents or carers must have an option of sitting in on the class and these classes will be regularly visited by staff of Signature Cheer & Dance Studio
- reporting any allegations of child abuse to Signature Cheer & Dance Studio Child Safety Officer Amy Citroen/ leadership, and ensure any allegation to reported to the police or child protection
- reporting any child safety concerns to Signature Cheer & Dance Studio Child Safety Officer Amy Citroen / leadership
- if an allegation of child abuse is made, ensure as quickly as possible that the child(ren) are safe
- encouraging children to ‘have a say’ and participate in all relevant organisational activities where possible, especially on issues that are important to them.
Staff and volunteers must not:
- develop any ‘special’ relationships with children that could be seen as favouritism (for example, the offering of gifts or special treatment for specific children)
- exhibit behaviours with children which may be construed as unnecessarily physical. It is understood that physical contact in the dance environment is important, for example correcting a child’s position of arms or feet however this will be appropriate physical contact with no sexual or abusive intention
- put children at risk of abuse (for example, by locking doors)
- do things of a personal nature that a child can do for themselves, such as toileting or changing clothes
- engage in open discussions of a mature or adult nature in the presence of children (for example, personal social activities)
- use inappropriate language in the presence of children
- express personal views on cultures, race or sexuality in the presence of children
- discriminate against any child, including because of culture, race, ethnicity or disability
- attend work under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol or discuss the use of these with any children
- have contact with a child or their family outside of our organisation without our child safety officer’s knowledge and/or consent (for example, no babysitting). Accidental contact, such as seeing people in the street, is appropriate)
- have any online contact with a child or their family (unless necessary, for example providing families with e-newsletters)
- ignore or disregard any suspected or disclosed child abuse.
- yell at children in a demeaning manner
- Ignore, threaten, isolate, bully or intimidate children
By observing these standards you acknowledge your responsibility to immediately report any breach of this code to Signature Cheer & Dance Studio Child Safety Officer Amy Citroen / leadership.
Failure to Comply With This Code of Conduct Where a staff member (teaching & non-teaching), casual relief staff, volunteers, contractors, parents or carers are suspected of breaching any obligation, duty or responsibility within this Policy, Signature Cheer & Dance Studio will take disciplinary action, including in the case of serious breaches, summary dismissal.
If you believe a child is at immediate risk of abuse phone 000.