Bombastic is committed to safeguarding the welfare of the children* we work with and has established the following code of practice.
Bombastic believe that:
All children and young people have a right to be protected from harm regardless of their age, gender, disability, culture, language, racial origin, religious beliefs or sexual identity.
The aims of Bombastic’s Child Protection Policy are:
- To ensure the protection of all children and young people we work with.
- To enable children and young people we work with to participate in an enjoyable and safe environment.
- To achieve best practice in the area of child protection.
Best Practice principles:
- To always put the welfare of each child or young person first, before achieving goals.
- To treat all children and young people with respect and dignity;
To always work in an open environment (e.g. avoiding private or unobserved situations).
- To maintain a safe and appropriate distance with children and young people;
To strive for equitable relationships based on mutual trust which empowers children and young people to share in the decision-making process.
- To ensure that dance is fun, enjoyable and to promote healthy safe practice.
- To maintain up to date insurance policies and to ensure that company risk assessment guide-lines are followed.
- To involve parents/carers/teachers/youth leaders wherever possible.
- To be an excellent role model – this includes not smoking or drinking alcohol in the company of young people.
- To give enthusiastic and constructive feedback rather than negative criticism.
- To be aware of the developmental needs and capacity of young people.
- To use language that is free of gender or cultural bias.
Best Practice Procedures
- Full lesson plans must be available on request to comply with insurance.
When working in schools, all performances and workshops are conducted in the presence of school staff.
- Bombastic teaches in teams of at least two people, unless a relationship is already established with a group, in which case an individual may work alone.
Children are supervised at all times during projects – usually this will be the responsibility of the school or host organisation.
- Schools, venues and other partner organisations we work with are expected to comply with health and safety requirements.
- The company finds out about special requirements of children before a workshop commences. Teachers or assistants are requested to be provide adequate support to ensure the children can fully access the activity Bombastic offers.
- Any problems that arise are reported to Bombastic’s Manager who will take appropriate action and be addressed in the future.
- The company has a risk assessment policy for workshops which includes teacher to pupil ratio; teacher presence at all time; safe environment.
- Keep a written record of any injury that occurs, along with the details of any treatment given. Submit to Bombastic’s Manager.
- Always ensure that any form of physical touch is appropriate to the lesson and is provided openly.
- Bombastic aims to safeguard the welfare of all dance leaders working in potentially volatile situations with young people.
- Bombastic undertakes to ensure contracted dance leaders understand their responsibilities with regard to child protection and will provide them with information, training and supervision they need for this purpose.
Recruitment and selecting staff
Consent is obtained from an applicant to seek information from the Criminal Records Bureau. Staff, freelancers and volunteer directors working with children are CBR checked to ensure that no one has a conviction for criminal offences against children.
Responding to suspicions or allegations
- It is not the responsibility of anyone working at or for Bombastic to take responsibility or to decide whether or not child abuse has taken place. All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately. Bombastic’s Manager is the first point of contact for any concerns.
This policy relates to all contracted employees and volunteers working with Bombastic. All staff and free-lancers will be in receipt of this policy.
Bombastic is committed to reviewing this policy and good practice regularly.
*A child is defined as under 18 The Children Act 1989.Child Protection Policy