Safeguarding Policy

Contact details in relation to safeguarding


Safeguarding Trustee, David Pickering - info@ybss.co.uk
Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL), Iain Mackay - Director@ybss.co.uk 07568601510


CONTENTS


1. SAFEGUARDING POLICY STATEMENT
2. PRINCIPLES
3. THE PURPOSE OF THE POLICY
4. THE POLICY: PROCEDURES
5. THE POLICY: UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOUR
6. DEFINITION OF TERMS USED IN THIS POLICY
7. RELEVANT DATES

 

EMERGENCY 

Where a child is in immediate need, to protect the child, the police should be called on 999.


1. SAFEGUARDING POLICY STATEMENT


Yorkshire Ballet Seminars (“YBS”) recognises its responsibilities to
safeguard and promote the welfare of children and to protect them from abuse by
neglect, bullying, physical harm, emotional harm or sexual activity from those
looking after them within a relationship of trust. To this end YBS has adopted
principles and procedures laid down by UK legislation and with due regard to Keeping Children Safe In Education 2018 (KCSIE).

 

The procedures form part of the Policy which binds every adult working in or for
YBS in a position of trust to avoid any behaviour which might lead to abuse or an
unacceptable relationship. This applies irrespective of sexual orientation, gender, race,
religion or disability. All adults have a duty to raise concerns about the behaviour of
others which may be harmful to those in their care, without prejudice to their own
position. The term ‘children’ in this policy will include young people under the age of
18 and vulnerable adults. The term “staff” applies to all staff who work for the YBS
whether on permanent, temporary or freelance contracts, or working as volunteers.


2. PRINCIPLES


In all our work with children we adhere to the following principles:


● Their well-being and safety is our primary concern.


● We respect the rights and dignity of everyone we work with.


● Relationships between YBS staff and students they work with are based on
mutual trust and respect.


● The feelings and concerns of any child or their parent/carer are listened to and
acted upon.


● YBS staff acknowledge that some children are particularly vulnerable to
abuse for example those with disabilities, those living in circumstances of
domestic violence, severe parental mental illness, potential substance misuse,
living in care, young carers, children whose behaviour involves a lack of
control.


● All YBS staff and artists who work with children have a responsibility to
prevent the physical, sexual or emotional abuse of anyone with whom they
come into contact. Any suspicions or allegations of abuse are taken seriously
and responded to swiftly and appropriately.


● Staff recruitment and selection processes will include Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) checks for all staff that work with children and these checks
will be renewed at least every three years, and more frequently where
appropriate.


3. THE PURPOSE OF THE POLICY


The purpose of the Policy is two-fold:


● The Policy outlines procedures designed to protect children participating in
any of YBS’ activities from abuse and to ensure that they are able to take
part in an enjoyable and safe environment.


● The Policy provides clear and enforceable guidance on what behaviour is
unacceptable to protect the person in a position of trust by preventing him/her
from entering into an unequal or potentially damaging relationship,
deliberately or accidentally.


4. THE POLICY: PROCEDURES


4.1 GENERAL GUIDELINES


1. Always be public and open when working with a child. Avoid being in
situations where an adult with a child cannot be observed.


2. It does not make sense to spend excessive amounts of time alone with a child.
 

3. Never allow or engage in any form of inappropriate touching.


4. Never allow a child to use inappropriate language unchallenged.


5. Never make sexually suggestive comments to a child, even in fun.


6. Never allow allegations by a child to go unchallenged, unrecorded or not acted
upon.


7. Never do things of a personal nature for a child which they can do for
themselves.


4.2 Dealing with a disclosure


Any student disclosing abuse to a member of staff must be listened to carefully and sensitively. The member of staff should:


1. React calmly so as not to frighten the child;


2. Tell the child that he or she is not to blame and that it was right to tell you
what was happening;


3. Take what the child says seriously;


4. Ensure the safety of the child - if they need immediate medical treatment, take
them to a suitably qualified person and ensure that the person is aware that this
is a Child Protection issue;


5. Avoid leading the child in any questioning and keep any questions to the
absolute minimum necessary to ensure a clear understanding of what has been
said;


6. Re-assure the child but do not make promises of confidentiality or of a
particular outcome which might not be feasible in the light of subsequent
developments;


7. Make a full record of what has been said, heard and/or seen as soon as
possible;


8. Report the disclosure to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) immediately unless the disclosure is about the DSL.


9. If the disclosure is about the DSL, then report to YBS Safeguarding Trustee, David Pickereing info@ybss.co.uk or directly to Social services or the Police.Make it clear that this is a Child Protection issue.


10. Confidentiality should be maintained on a strictly ‘need to know’ basis and
relevant documents stored in a secure location.


11. Remember that it can be more difficult for some children to disclose abuse
than for others. They may feel they have good reason to question whether your
response will be different from others. Disabled children and vulnerable adults
may have to overcome additional barriers of dependency, communication
difficulties or prejudice. Extra vigilance and thoughtfulness is required when
working with these groups.


4.3 RECORDING INFORMATION


A report of an incident should include the following:


1. The child’s name, address and date of birth;


2. The nature of the allegation(s);


3. A description of any visible bruising or other injuries;


4. The child’s account, in their own words, if possible, of what has happened and
how any bruising or other injuries occurred;

 

5. Any observations that have been made by you or to you;


6. Any times, locations, dates or other relevant information;


7. A clear distinction between what is fact, opinion or hearsay;


8. Your knowledge of and relationship to the child.

4.4 Reporting a concern about a child

If a staff member has a concern about a child, they should report it to the DSL as soon as possible. A course of action can then be agreed with the DSL.  


These procedures are designed to help you in what is a complex issue. Always
remember when working with children and young people, commonsense prevails.

 

Further information can be obtained from the 24 hour confidential NSPCC Child
Protection Helpline: Telephone: 0808 800 5000


5. THE POLICY: UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOUR


5.1 TYPES OF CHILD ABUSE

Physical

where children’s bodies are hurt or injured


Emotional

where children do not receive love and affection, may be
frightened by threats or taunts or are given responsibilities
beyond their capabilities


Sexual

where adults (and sometimes other children) use children to
satisfy sexual desires


Neglect

where adults fail to care for children and protect them from
danger, seriously impairing health and development


5.2 SIGNS OF ABUSE


Physical

unexplained or hidden injuries; lack of medical attention


Emotional

reverting to younger behaviour, nervousness, attention-seeking,
stealing, lying


Sexual

pre-occupation with sexual matters evident in words, play,
drawings, being sexually provocative with adults


Neglect

looking ill-cared for and unhappy, being withdrawn or
aggressive


5.3 BULLYING

The seriousness of bullying cannot be emphasised enough. Bullying is among the top concerns that parents have about their children’s safety and well-being at, and on the way to and from School. Bullying is also a top concern of children and young people themselves. Bullying makes the lives of its victims a misery: it undermines their confidence and self-esteem, and destroys their sense of security. Bullying can have a life-long negative impact on some young people’s lives. At worst, bullying has been a factor in young people’s suicide. Bullying is unacceptable and it will not be tolerated.


Examples of bullying are:


Physical (including sexual)

e.g. hitting, kicking, theft


Verbal

e.g. racist or homophobic remarks, threats, name-calling


Emotional

e.g. isolating an individual from activities

Cyber Bullying

e.g. Hostile behaviour intended to harm others using platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, text, video, photograph messaging.


Bullying behaviour will include:

 

  •  Deliberate hostility and aggression towards a victim

  •  A victim who is weaker and less powerful than the bully

  •  An outcome which is always painful and distressing for the victim.


Bullying behaviour may also include:

 

  •  Other forms of violence

  •  Sarcasm, spreading rumours, persistent teasing

  •  Tormenting, ridiculing, humiliation

  •  Racial taunts, obscene/threatening gestures

  •  Unwanted physical contact or abusive or offensive comments of a sexual nature.

5.4 if a member of staff witnesses an incident of bullying or it is reported to them

They must reassure and support the students involved; advise them that all staff members are required to pass details on to the Director.

The Staff member should also write down and pass on their concern either in hard copy or by email.

Choose a place to talk that will not be interrupted but also where the member of staff is safe from allegation. 

The same procedures must be followed as for a Child Protection case. (see 4.2).


6. DEFINITION OF TERMS USED IN THIS POLICY


6.1 Children: any person below the age of 18. Although young people of 16 or 17
can legally consent to some types of sexual activity, they are still classed in
the Children Act 1989 and in many areas of the Law as children.


The term “children” also includes vulnerable adults: a person in receipt of
services from providers in a particular relationship of care e.g. counselling,
psychiatric, probation, for those with learning difficulties.


6.2 Those in a relationship of trust: a person in a position of power or influence
over another by virtue of their work or the nature of their activity or any
position of inequality.


7. RELEVANT DATES


7.1 Date of adoption: This Safeguarding Policy was adopted by the Trustees of
Yorkshire Ballet Seminars at their Meeting of 28 May 2019 

 

7.2 This policy will be reviewed annually or in response to changes in statutory or other guidance. 


Copies of the policy will be distributed to all staff.


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