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Our Child Protection Policy

LAR Performing Arts

Our Safeguarding policy, February 2022

This policy applies to all of our Principals, teachers, assistants, volunteers, chaperones, sessional workers, students or anyone working on behalf of LAR Performing Arts.

The purpose of this policy:


  • to protect children and young people who attend a class or workshop at LAR Performing Arts.

  • to provide our teachers with the overarching principles that guide our approach to safeguarding and child protection

  • LAR Performing Arts believes that a child or young person should never experience abuse of any kind. We have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and young people and to keep them safe. We are committed to practise in a way that protects them.


Legal Framework

This policy has been drawn up on the basis of law and guidance that seeks to protect children, namely:


  • Children Act 1989

  • United Convention of the Rights of the Child 1991

  • Data Protection Act 1998

  • Human Rights Act 1998

  • Sexual Offences Act 2003

  • Children Act 2004

  • Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006

  • Protection of Freedoms Act 2012

  • Children and Families Act 2014

  • Special educational needs and disability (SEND) code of practice: 0 to 25 years - Statutory guidance for organisations which work with and support children and young people who have special educational needs or disabilities; HM Government 2014

  • Information sharing: Advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services to children, young people, parents and carers; HM Government 2015

  • Working together to safeguarding children: a guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children; HM Government 2015

We recognise that:

  • The welfare of the child is paramount, as enshrined in the Children Act 1989

  • all children regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation

  • 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 them, listening to and respecting them

  • appointing a Designated Safeguarding Officer (DSO) for children and young people, a deputy and lead board member for safeguarding

  • adopting child protection and safeguarding practices through procedures and a code of conduct for staff, teachers and chaperones

  • developing and implementing an effective e-safety policy and related procedures

  • providing effective managment for staff and volunteers through supervision, support, training and quality assurance measures

  • recruiting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all neccesary checks are made

  • recording and storing all information professionally and securely and sharing information about safeguarding and good practice with children, their families, staff, teachers and volunteers via leaflets, posters, one-to-one discussions

  • using our safeguarding 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 mesaures in place

  • ensuring that we provide a safe physical environment for our children, young people, staff and volunteers, by applying health and safety mesaures in accordance with the law and regulatory guidance


Contact Details
Designated Safeguarding Officer (DSO)
Louisa Alice-Rose
07933 910736

Deputy (DSO)
Julius Wills

Senior lead for safeguarding
Katie Ritson


NSPCC Helpline
0808 800 5000

LAR Performing Arts - Online Safeguarding Policy


For Skype / Zoom 1-2-1 and group lessons:


  1. A parent / family member needs to check in with the teacher at the beginning and end of each session and remain close by during the lesson.

  2. Children must wear appropriate clothing as if they were attending a face to face lesson

  3. Any computers used should be in appropriate areas - preferably in family spaces where family members / parents are present and where possible should be against a neutral background 

  4. The live lesson will be recorded and saved by LAR Performing Arts with a secure password.

  5. Please don’t record the lesson for use on social media. Our classes are safe spaces where children are able to express themselves, make mistakes and learn. 


Your payment and child's attendance at our classes acts as your acceptance of these terms and conditions.

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