For The Love Of Dance is committed to child safety. • We want children to be safe, happy and empowered. We support and respect all children, as well as our staff, contractors and volunteers. • We are committed to the safety, participation and empowerment of all children. • We have zero tolerance of child abuse, and all allegations and safety concerns will be treated very seriously and consistently with our robust policies and procedures. Our Child Safety Officer (the Principal) will be the first port of call for all incidents and will guide staff through all procedural requirements • We have legal and moral obligations to contact authorities when we are worried about a child’s safety, which we follow rigorously. • Our organisation is committed to preventing child abuse and identifying risks early, and removing and reducing these risks. • We support and respect all children, as well as any staff, contractors and volunteers. We are committed to the cultural safety of Aboriginal children, the cultural safety of children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, and to providing a safe environment for children with a disability. • If you believe a child is at immediate risk of abuse, please phone 000.
Our children • This policy is intended to empower children who are vital and active participants in our organisation. We involve them when making decisions, especially about matters that directly affect them. We listen to their views and respect what they have to say. • We promote diversity and tolerance in our organisation, and people from all walks of life and cultural backgrounds are welcome. In particular we; promote the cultural safety, participation and empowerment of Aboriginal children;promote the cultural safety, participation and empowerment of children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds and ensure that children with a disability are safe and can participate equally. • We want children to be safe, happy and empowered. We support and respect all children, as well as our staff and volunteers. We are committed to the safety, participation and empowerment of all children. For The Love Of Dance core values clearly support this commitment
Our staff and contractors • This policy guides our staff and contractors on how to behave with children in our organisation. • All of our staff and contractors must agree to abide by our code of conduct which specifies the standards of conduct required when working with children.
Training and supervision • Training and education is important to ensure that everyone in our organisation understands that child safety is everyone’s responsibility. • Our organisational culture aims for all staff and contractors (in addition to parents/carers and children) to feel confident and comfortable in discussing any allegations of child abuse or child safety concerns. We will be training our staff and contractors to identify, assess, and minimise risks of child abuse and to detect potential signs of child abuse. • We also support our staff and contractors through ongoing supervision to: develop their skills to protect children from abuse; and promote the cultural safety of Aboriginal children, the cultural safety of children from linguistically and/or diverse backgrounds, and the safety of children with a disability. • New employees and contractors will be supervised regularly to ensure they understand our organisation’s commitment to child safety and that everyone has a role to play in protecting children from abuse, as well as checking that their behaviour towards children is safe and appropriate. Any inappropriate behaviour will be reported through proper channels, including the Department of Health and Human Services and Victoria Police, depending on the severity and urgency of the matter. Recruitment • We take all reasonable steps to employ skilled people to work with children. We develop selection criteria and advertisements which clearly demonstrate our commitment to child safety and an awareness of our social and legislative responsibilities. Our organisation understands that when recruiting staff and contractors we have ethical as well as legislative obligations. • All people engaged in child-related work, are required to hold a Working with Children Check and to provide evidence of this Check. Please see the Working with Children Check website for further information. • We carry out reference checks and police record checks to ensure that we are recruiting the right people.
Fair procedures for personnel • The safety and wellbeing of children is our primary concern. We are also fair and just to personnel. The decisions we make when recruiting, assessing incidents, and undertaking disciplinary action will always be thorough, transparent, and based on evidence. • We record all allegations of abuse and safety concerns using an incident reporting form, including investigation updates. All records are securely stored. • If an allegation of abuse or a safety concern is raised, we provide updates to families on progress and any actions we as an organisation take.
Legislative responsibilities Our organisation takes our legal responsibilities seriously, including: • Failure to disclose: Reporting child sexual abuse is a community-wide responsibility. All adults in Victoria who have a reasonable belief that an adult has committed a sexual offence against a child under 16 have an obligation to report that information to the police. • Failure to protect: People of authority in our organisation will commit an offence if they know of a substantial risk of child sexual abuse and have the power or responsibility to reduce or remove the risk, but negligently fail to do so.
Risk management • In Victoria, organisations are required to protect children when a risk is identified. In addition to general occupational health and safety risks, we proactively manage risks of abuse to our children. • We have risk management strategies in place to identify, assess, and take steps to minimise child abuse risks, which include risks posed by physical environments. (for example, any doors that can lock)
Regular review • This policy will be reviewed every two years and following significant incidents if they occur. We will ensure that families and children have the opportunity to contribute. Where possible we do our best to work with local Aboriginal communities, culturally and/or linguistically diverse communities and people with a disability.
Allegations, concerns and complaints • Our organisation takes all allegations seriously and has practices in place to investigate thoroughly and quickly. Our staff and contractors are trained to deal appropriately with allegations. • We work to ensure all children, families, staff and volunteers know what to do and who to tell if they observe abuse or are a victim, and if they notice inappropriate behaviour. • We all have a responsibility to report an allegation of abuse if we have a reasonable belief that an incident took place .
Covid Safe Policy
At For the love of Dance we are completely committed to the health and safety of every member of our staff and students. Therefore we have the following Covid safe procedures in place: Students, parents and staff must not attend our classes if they:
Are displaying any cold or flu like symptoms
Have been in contact with someone displaying cold or flu like symptoms
Have recently had a Covid test and are awaiting results
Have been in contact with someone who has recently had a Covid test and is waiting for results.
Any individual who has tested positive for Covid must notify For the Love of Dance.
For the Love of Dance reserves the right to:
For the love of dance reserves the right to refuse entry to any individual who presents with symptoms
For the love of dance reserves the right to request a temperature check of any student or parent if required by the Victorian State Government.
For the Love of Dance Responsibilities:
Will remain up-to-date with Australian guidelines for hygiene and social distancing
Will keep record of all staff and students attendance for contract tracing purposes
Staff will not run a class if they are unwell and will notify parents or students immediately
Will wear a mask when and if required by the victorian government before and after classes