Child Protection and Safeguarding
DanceWest believes that a child or young person should never experience abuse of any kind. We have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and young people and keep them safe. We are committed to work in a way that protects them.
We understand the term Safeguarding to mean that we will take all reasonable measures to ensure that the risk of harm to children’s welfare is minimised. We also understand that where we have any concerns about a child’s welfare we will take all appropriate action to address those concerns by working in full partnership with other agencies.
All children deserve the opportunity to achieve their full potential in a context which promotes their safety and welfare. For those DanceWest staff who engage with children and young people who experience discrimination in their daily lives or who are from cultures different to those of the professionals, assumption and stereotyping must not be part of our practice and every effort must be made to ensure that cultural issues are understood and that each individual case is dealt with on its own merits.
All persons who will have any contact with children and young people will have the required level of vetting checks including DBS check prior to working for DanceWest. Delivery of safeguarding responsibilities will also be included as part of ongoing performance management processes for staff.
This policy applies to all staff, including senior managers and the board of trustees, paid staff, volunteers and sessional workers, agency staff, students or anyone working on behalf of DanceWest. Our procedures will be followed by all adults, including volunteers, working with us or on our behalf.
Diversity and Equality
DanceWest is committed to promoting equality and diversity across all our activities and among our staff, board members, volunteers and participants, and eliminating unlawful discrimination. The aim is for our activities and workforce to be truly inclusive and representative of all sections of society and our participants, and for each staff, board member and volunteer to feel respected and able to give their best.
Our definition of equality and diversity recognises that all individuals are different and should be treated fairly and equally in accordance with their needs. DanceWest equality and diversity policy looks particularly at race, ethnicity, gender, sex, sexual orientation, disability, religion, faith, poverty and age and aims to ensure that no person is discriminated against or disadvantaged for their circumstances, identity and beliefs. At DanceWest, we are celebrating diversity positively, with all the artistic and creative opportunities it offers.
The following organisational policies are available on request via firstname.lastname@example.org
Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy
Vulnerable Adults Safeguarding Policy
Health and Safety
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