Footsteps Dance School pride ourselves on the efforts we take to make sure each dancer comes to the dance studio with a smile and leaves with an even bigger one. The safety measures we have for our students and the interest we take in them makes us a great choice as a dance school. Please find out policies and Commitments below:

Our Safeguarding Commitment

Footsteps Dance School is fully committed to safeguarding the welfare of all children and young people up to the age of 18.  We recognise our responsibility to take all reasonable steps to promote safe practice and to protect children from harm, abuse and exploitation.

Footsteps Dance School acknowledges its duty to act appropriately to any allegations, reports or suspicions of abuse.  All staff and volunteers will work together to encourage the development of an ethos which embraces difference and diversity and respects the rights of children, young people and adults.

Footsteps Dance School recognises its duty of care under the Children and Young Persons Act 1963, the Children (Performances and Activities) (England) Regulations 2014, the Children Act 1989 and 2004 and Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018.

Footsteps Dance School will ensure that:

  The welfare of the child is paramount

  All children, whatever their age, culture, 

disability, gender, language, racial origin, 

religious beliefs and/or sexual identity

 have the right to protection from abuse

All suspicions and allegations of abuse 

will be taken seriously and responded to 

swiftly and appropriately

  Everyone will be treated with respect and dignity

Enthusiastic and constructive criticism will be 

given to pupils rather than negative criticism

  Bullying will not be accepted or condoned

  All adult members will provide a positive role model

  Action will be taken to stop any inappropriate behaviour

  It will comply with health & safety legislation

It will keep informed of changes in legislation 

and policies for the protection of children

 It will undertake relevant professional 

development and training

It will ensure all contact and medical details for every child is up to date and available at the place of teaching or performance.

 All staff will receive dedicated 

safeguarding training.

Our Safeguarding Leads:

Footsteps Dance School has a designated Safeguarding lead who is in charge of ensuring that the child protection policy is adhered to. 

The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Lauren O’Brien and she can be contacted on 07837995343

There is also a Safeguarding Events Officer who is Kerry Cleary she can be contacted on: 07793 956613

Our Safeguarding Processes

In implementing this policy Footsteps Dance School will:

§  Ensure that all staff and volunteers understand their legal and moral responsibility to protect children and young people from harm, abuse and exploitation.

§  Ensure that all staff and volunteers understand their duty to report concerns that arise about a child or young person, or any adult’s conduct towards a child or young person to the Designated Safeguarding Lead.

§  The Designated Safeguarding Lead will refer any child protection concerns to the statutory child protection agencies (i.e. Police and/or Children’s Social Care).

§  Children, young people and parents will be informed of who the Designated Safeguarding Lead and Deputy are and be able to raise any safeguarding concerns & know that these will be taken seriously and acted upon.

This policy will be regularly monitored by Lauren O’Brien and will be subject to an annual review.