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Shining Stars Dance Academy is fully committed to safeguarding the welfare of all children and young people up to the age of 18. A ‘child’ is anyone who has not reached their 18th birthday.


We recognise our responsibility to take all reasonable steps to promote safe practice and to protect children from harm, abuse and exploitation and our legal duty to act appropriately to any allegations, reports or suspicions of abuse 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. 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.


We believe all children, whatever their age, gender, sexuality, race, disability, educational attainment or economic circumstance have the right to protection from abuse. We recognise some children are additionally vulnerable because of the impact of previous experiences, their level of dependency, communication needs or other issues. This policy applies to our paid staff, guest teachers, volunteers, dancers or anyone working on behalf of Shining Stars Dance Academy.


All staff and volunteers have strict obligation to never subject a child or young person to harm or abuse. If this is not followed, any allegations or suspicions of abuse will be taken very seriously and treated as gross misconduct. Our policy can be viewed by parents of children who attend Shining Stars Dance Academy and there will always be a copy kept on site.


The purpose of this policy: To protect children and young people who dance at Shining Stars Dance Academy including in regular classes, performances, workshops or any other activities linked to the dance school. To provide parents, staff and volunteers guidance for our approach to child protection and what they should do if they suspect a child or young person may be experiencing, or is at risk of, harm. 

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