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Mind body and pole Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy


Mind body and pole is fully committed to safeguarding the welfare of all children and young people.

We recognise our responsibility to take all reasonable steps to promote safe practice and to protect children from harm, abuse and exploitation. We acknowledge our legal duty to act appropriately to any allegations, reports or suspicions of abuse

All staff and volunteers will work together to encourage the development of an ethos which embraces difference and diversity and respects the rights of children, young people and adults. Our ethos is to provide an encouraging, inclusive and happy environment where children and young adults can build confidence, fitness and a social network.

  • We believe that every child, young person, or adult should be valued, safe and happy. We recognise their personal dignity and rights to be treated with respect, to be listened to and to be protected from all forms of abuse and discrimination.

  • We have a responsibility to safeguard the welfare of the children we teach and to ensure that appropriate policies and procedures are in place so that a child may take part in classes within a safe and secure environment.

  • The welfare of the child is paramount.

  • All children, whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious beliefs and/or sexual identity have the right to protection from abuse.

  •  All suspicions and allegations of abuse should be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.

  •  All staff/volunteers of Mind body and pole will be clear on how to respond appropriately.

Mind body and pole will ensure that:

  • We provide an environment in which children are safe, can learn and develop at their own pace and are aware that there are always adults in whom they can trust.

  • All children will be treated equally, valued, listened to and respected.

  • The welfare of each child will always be put first.

  • Enthusiastic and constructive feedback will be given rather than negative criticism.

  • Bullying in any form will not be accepted or condoned.

  • Action will be taken to stop any inappropriate verbal or physical behaviour.

  • We will keep up to date with changes in legislation and policies for the protection of children and health and safety.

  • We will hold a register of every child involved with the Studio; recording and storing information professionally and safely.

  • All Instructors will have an enhanced DBS check, First Aid, Safeguarding certificates and are appropriately insured and qualified.

  • Our sign in and out procedures for all classes are followed.

  • We provide a safe environment by keeping and regularly updating Risk Assessments on all our venues.


In implementing this child protection policy Mind body and pole will:

  1. Communicate to all staff/volunteers their legal and moral responsibility to protect children and young people from harm, abuse and exploitation.

  2. Communicate to all staff/volunteers their responsibility to work to the standards that are detailed herein and the need to work at all times towards maintaining high standards of practice in protection of children.

  3. Ensure that all staff/volunteers understand their duty to report concerns that arise about a child or young person, or any staff/volunteers conduct towards a child/young person, to the Studio’s named person for child protection.

  4. Ensure that the Studio’s named person for child protection understands her responsibility to refer any child protection concerns to the statutory child protection agencies (i.e. Police and/or Children’s Social Care).

  5. Ensure the children/young people and their parents or carers have access to and can comment upon this child protection policy and its procedures.


Child Protection Officer

Leanne Waugh is the person responsible for managing child protection and safeguarding at our Studio.

Phone: 07519 431000


This policy will be regularly monitored and will be subject to annual review.

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