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PSD Child Safety – Our Commitment

Our organisation is committed to child safety.

Peninsula School of Dance is committed to having a sound set of policies and procedures relating to child safety in place. These will be reviewed and evaluated regularly.

We are committed to remaining up to date with current best practice and implementing this within our own organisation. 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. Peninsula School of Dance core values clearly support this commitment

Fun & Engaging

Our classes and activities are underpinned by this value. For students to derive the most benefit and learn they must enjoy what they are doing! Our classes are positive and affirming, they are carefully designed to assist students to develop a love of learning. Our pre-school and junior program is underpinned by the notion that children learn best through play.

Inclusive

We genuinely believe that dance is for everyone. We will work in partnership with parents and students to ensure that class placement is appropriate and we deliver content in a way that meets the needs of learners. We work to create a cohesive and supportive culture within all our classes and events. All students are celebrated and encourages regardless of ability.

Community

Peninsula School of Dance is a community; we foster supportive and nurturing connections amongst our staff team, business partners, families and students. We will always look for ways to engage our students and families in local activities that promote dance and our students. We believe that PSD can contribute to the vibrancy and social fabric of the Peninsula, particularly for young people.

Excellence

Staff are committed to ongoing training and development. Our professional associations with Cecchetti Ballet, Australian Teachers of Dance and Acrobatic Arts ensure that we remain up to date with best practice. Our assistant teacher and teacher training program is comprehensive and constantly updated. Students are encouraged through exams and performance opportunities to develop strong technique and a commitment to learning and constant improvement. Staff and students together are lifelong learners.

Leadership

Peninsula School of Dance is a platform for young people to step up and take the lead and we strongly believe young people have a powerful capacity to develop leadership skills in a variety of ways. Our classes and teacher training programs are designed to inspire confidence and leadership in our young people. We are deeply committed to unlocking and nurturing these young leaders within our dance family.

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.

We will ensure that we remain up to date with all obligations via our association and memberships with peak bodies such as Ausdance, ATOD, Cecchetti Ballet and YPAD.

Our organisation is committed to preventing child abuse and identifying risks early, and removing and reducing these risks. We are committed to remaining up to date with current best practice in this area of risk identification. Our organisation has robust human resources and recruitment practices for all staff and volunteers.

As a minimum all staff will hold a current Working with Children Check and Level 2 First Aid Certificate. Staff will have relevant qualifications or be in the process of obtaining qualifications under the direction of the Principal. All staff will attend regular internal and external professional development.

Our organisation is committed to regularly training and educating our staff and volunteers on child abuse risks. As a minimum our staff will participate in 4 internal professional development sessions per year. All volunteers will be given a clear briefing and induction prior to assisting with PSD events eg. Annual Performances.

We support and respect all children, as well as our staff and volunteers. We are committed to the cultural safety of Aboriginal children, the cultural safety of children from a culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, and to providing a safe environment for children with a disability.

Training and development plans will be put in place each year that identify team and individual training needs. These plans will identify key areas for development and upskilling and will ensure that we remain up to date with current best practice. al Performances

We have specific policies, procedures and training in place that support our leadership team, staff and volunteers to achieve these commitments.

If you believe a child is at immediate risk of abuse phone 000.

For more information on the 

Victorian Government Child Safety Standards please visit https://ccyp.vic.gov.au/child-safety/being-a-child-safe-organisation/the-child-safe-standards/

PSD Child Safe Staff Code of Conduct

All staff, volunteers and board members of Peninsula School of Dance are required to observe child safe principles and expectations for appropriate behaviour towards and in the company of children, as noted below.

All personnel of Peninsula School of Dance (PSD) are responsible for supporting the safety, participation, wellbeing and empowerment of children by:

  • Adhering to PSD child safe policy at all times / upholding PSD statement of commitment to child safety at all time

  • Taking all reasonable steps to protect children from abuse

  • Treating everyone with respect

  • Listening and responding to the views and concerns of children, particularly if they are telling you that they or another child has been abused and/or are worried about their safety or the safety of another

  • Promoting the cultural safety, participation and empowerment of Aboriginal children (for example, by never questioning an Aboriginal child’s self-identification)

  • Promoting the cultural safety, participation and empowerment of children with culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds (for example, by having a zero tolerance of discrimination)

  • Promoting the safety, participation and empowerment of children with a disability (for example, during personal care activities)

  • Ensuring as far as practicable that adults are not left alone with a child

  • Reporting any allegations of child abuse to PSD Child Safety Officer Melanie Gard (Principal) and ensure any allegation to reported to the police or child protection

  • Reporting any child safety concerns to PSD Child Safety Officer Melanie Gard (Principal)

  • If an allegation of child abuse is made, ensure as quickly as possible that the child(ren) are safe

  • Encouraging children to ‘have a say’ and participate in all relevant organisational activities where possible, especially on issues that are important to them.

Staff and volunteers must not:

  • Develop any ‘special’ relationships with children that could be seen as favouritism (for example, the offering of gifts or special treatment for specific children)

  • Exhibit behaviours with children which may be construed as unnecessarily physical (for example inappropriate sitting on laps. Sitting on laps could be appropriate sometime, for example while reading a storybook to a small child in an open plan area)

  • Put children at risk of abuse (for example, by locking doors)

  • Do things of a personal nature that a child can do for themselves, such as toileting or changing clothes

  • Engage in open discussions of a mature or adult nature in the presence of children (for example, personal social activities)\

  • Use inappropriate language in the presence of children

  • Express personal views on cultures, race or sexuality in the presence of children

  • Discriminate against any child, including because of culture, race, ethnicity or disability

  • Have contact with a child or their family outside of our organisation without our child safety officer’s knowledge and/or consent (for example, no babysitting). Accidental contact, such as seeing people in the street, is appropriate.

  • Have any online contact with a child or their family (unless necessary, for example providing families with e-newsletters)

  • Ignore or disregard any suspected or disclosed child abuse

By observing these standards you acknowledge your responsibility to immediately report any breach

of this code to PSD Child Safety Officer Melanie Gard.

If you believe a child is at immediate risk of abuse phone 000.

I agree to adhere to this Code of Conduct:

Name: ………………………………………….

Signature: ……………………………………

Date: …………………………………………..

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