The Dance Company Child Safety Code of Conduct
All staff and volunteers of The Dance Company 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 The Dance Company are responsible for supporting the safety, participation, wellbeing and empowerment of children by:
adhering to The Dance Company child safe policy at all times / upholding The Dance Company statement of commitment to child safety at all times
- 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.
- promoting the cultural safety, participation and empowerment of children with culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds. The Dance Company has a zero-tolerance to racial, cultural or religious discrimination. The Dance Company at all times (promotes the safety, participation and empowerment of children with a disability.
- ensuring as far as practicable that adults are not left alone with a child
- reporting any allegations of child abuse to The Dance Company Principal and ensure any allegation is reported to the police or child protection
- reporting any child safety concerns to The Dance Company Principal for investigation and if considered appropriate to the police or relevant child protection agency
- 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. Dance by its very nature requires some physical touch for correction. Teachers can create a safe environment by asking permission of students first.
- 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
- 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, relatives)
- 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 The Dance Company Principal.
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: ..................................................