Livingston Piano lessons Child protection statement
The purpose and scope of this policy statement
We aim to deliver the highest quality music instruction so that children can reach their full potential. All of this is delivered in a relaxing environment designed to put children at ease.
The purpose of this policy statement is:
to protect children and young people who receive Livingston Piano lessons services from harm. This includes the children of adults who use our services
to provide staff and volunteers, as well as children and young people and their families, with the overarching principles that guide our approach to child protection.
This policy applies to anyone working on behalf of Livingston Piano lessons including senior managers and the board of trustees, paid staff, volunteers, sessional workers, agency staff and students.
This policy has been drawn up on the basis of legislation, policy and guidance that seeks to protect children in Scotland. A summary of the key legislation is available from https://learning.nspcc.org.uk/
This policy statement should be read alongside our organisational policies, procedures, guidance and other related documents as listed below-
Role description for the designated child protection lead
We believe that:
Children and young people should never experience abuse of any kind
We have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and young people, to keep them safe and to practise in a way that protects them.
We recognise that:
the welfare of children is paramount in all the work we do and in all the decisions we take all children, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation have an equal right to protection from all types of harm or abuse
some children are additionally vulnerable because of the impact of previous experiences, their level of dependency, communication needs or other issues
working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare.
We will seek to keep children and young people safe by:
valuing, listening to and respecting them
Always putting the welfare of each young person first and above striving for the most advancement on the instrument possible.
Allowing for an open door policy. Where parents can choose to observe lessons where possible.
Giving enthusiastic and constructive feedback rather than negative criticism.
Avoiding touch unless absolutely necessary. In the lessons here, occasionally this is only ever required in order to correct a child’s hand position.
appointing a nominated child protection lead for children and young people
adopting child protection and safeguarding best practice through our policies, procedures and code of conduct for staff and volunteers
developing and implementing an effective online safety policy and related procedures
providing effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision, support, training and quality assurance measures so that all staff and volunteers know about and follow our policies, procedures and behaviour codes confidently and competently
recruiting and selecting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made including ensuring all staff have a valid PVG certificate.
recording, storing and using information professionally and securely, in line with data protection legislation and guidance sharing information about safeguarding and good practice with children and their families via leaflets, posters, group work and one-to-one discussions
making sure that children, young people and their families know where to go for help if they have a concern
using our safeguarding and child protection procedures to share concerns and relevant information with agencies who need to know, and involving children, young people, parents, families and carers appropriately
using our procedures to manage any allegations against staff and volunteers appropriately
creating and maintaining an anti-bullying environment and ensuring that we have a policy and procedure to help us deal effectively with any bullying that does arise
ensuring that we have effective complaints and whistleblowing measures in place
ensuring that we provide a safe physical environment for our children, young people, staff and volunteers, by applying health and safety measures in accordance with the law and regulatory guidance
building a safeguarding culture where staff and volunteers, children, young people and their families, treat each other with respect and are comfortable about sharing concerns.
PRACTISE NEVER TO BE CONDONED
Encourage children or adults to bully vulnerable children or adults verbally, racially or physically
Allow allegations to go on and be unrecorded
Text or use social networking sites with children or parents
Instructors must not provide intimate care i.e. toileting, assisting with changing.
RESPONDING TO ALLEGATIONS OR SUSPICIONS
It is not the responsibility of anyone working in Livingston Piano lessons to decide whether or not child abuse has taken place. However, there is a responsibility to act on any concerns by reporting these to the appropriate officer or the appropriate authorities. Livingston Piano lessons will assure all staff/volunteers that it will fully support and protect anyone, who in good faith reports his or her concern that a colleague is, or may be, abusing a child. Where there is a complaint against a member of staff there may be three types of investigation:
A criminal investigation
A child protection investigation
A disciplinary or misconduct investigation
The results of the police and child protection investigation may well influence and inform the disciplinary investigation, but all available information will be used to reach a decision.
How a parent can make a complaint
If a parent has a child protection concern he/she can follow the steps below:
Step 1: I have a concern about my/a child’s safety
Step 2: I can talk to the teacher
Step 3:I can talk to the designated teacher for Child Protection. The child protection lead is Frazer Mitchell whose contact details are below.
Nominated child protection lead
Name: Frazer Mitchell
This policy was last reviewed on: 04/08/21…………………………………………………………………………
Signed: Frazer Mitchell ……………………………………………………………………