Child Protection Statement

At Emma Louise Dance Club we recognise that the welfare of children and young people is paramount and that all children and young people, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity have the right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse. We understand that working in partnership with children, young people, their parents/carers and their agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare.

At Emma Louise Dance Club we aim to work in an open and co-operative manner with children and young people and their parents/carers. We aim to ensure that children and young people attending Emma Louise Dance Club are not discriminated against on the grounds of sex, race, colour, religion, age, disability, national or social origin or other status.

Emma Louise Dance Club will seek to safeguard children and young people by:

  • valuing them, listening to and respecting them
  • adopting child protection guidelines through procedure and a code of conduct for staff and volunteers
  • recruiting staff and volunteers safely ensuring all necessary checks are made
  • sharing information about child protection and good practice with children and young people, parents/carers, staff and volunteers
  • sharing information about concerns with agencies who need to know, and involving parents/carers and children/young people appropriately

Physical contact with children and young people in dance In the dance class it is sometimes necessary for the teacher to come into physical contact with the student they are teaching, for example to help the child or young person find the safe and correct placing/position for their arms or feet. At Emma Louise Dance Club teachers should only use physical contact to help a child or young person to develop dance skills or technique, to treat an injury or to prevent an injury or accident from occurring. The teacher should always ask the child or young person for permission (unless in an emergency situation) and explain the nature and the reason for the physical contact. Physical contact should always take place in an open or public environment. The teacher will not touch any part of the body that will cause a child or young person distress or embarrassment. Children and young people have the right to voice their concerns if they experience any physical contact which makes them feel uncomfortable or threatened. We encourage children, young people, parents/carers and volunteers to raise any concerns regarding physical contact with their Emma Louise Dance Club teacher or Emma Louise Dance Club Child Protection Officer.

At Emma Louise Dance Club teachers should be aware of developments in child protection legislation, have undertaken DBS enhanced disclosure checks and have attended safeguarding and protecting children course. At Emma Louise Dance Club we are also committed to reviewing our child protection policy and good practice annually.

Children, young people, parents/carers, staff and volunteers should raise any concerns regarding child protection at Emma Louise Dance Club with Designated Safeguarding Lead on 07977 447215.

Useful Telephone Numbers

  • Emma Louise Dance Club Designated Safeguarding Lead 07977 447215
  • Dumfries & Galloway Council: The Children's Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) 030 33 33 3000
  • Emergency & Out of Office Hours West of Scotland Social Work Standby Service 0800 811505
  • Police Non-Emergency Line 101
  • NSPCC 0808 800 5000
  • Childline 0800 1111

In an emergency call Police 999

Mrs Emma Louise Abel (Principal) [Updated 17th June 2021]