“ Adele Peters Performing Arts School Ltd”
Last updated August 2022
Adele Peters Performing Arts School (APPAS ) operates www.appas.co.uk. This page informs you of our policies regarding the collection, use and disclosure of Personal information we receive from users of the site and also our class management site Membermeister
We use your personal information only for the reservation of classes and safeguarding of children in our care whilst learning and communication between us and parents between those times.
Information, Collection and Use
While using our site we may ask you to provide us with certain personally identifiable information that can be used to contact or identify you. Personally identifiable information may include, but is not limited to your name (“Personal Information”)
Personal information including name, address, telephone number and any medical needs which relate to student safety will be kept for one year upon leaving APPAS. They will be kept in a secure archived folder. They will then in turn be deleted.
Personal information will not be shared with any third parties nor sold on. Personal information will be kept in a secured password protected programme which can only be accessed by the directors of APPAS and their trained staff who have access only when needed.
In relation to Safeguarding, GDPR does not prevent, or limit, the sharing of information for the purposes of keeping children safe. Legal and secure information sharing between schools, children’s social care and other local agencies is essential for keeping children safe and ensuring they get the support they need
Statement of Purpose
This Safeguarding Children Policy underpins the fact that Adele Peters Performing Arts School (APPAS) is determined to ensure that all necessary steps are taken to protect the children and young people who take part in classes, from harm. This policy establishes the responsibilities of APPAS and clarifies what is expected from everybody involved within the individual projects of APPAS and the wider organisation. It clearly highlights the importance placed by APPAS in the protection of the children and young people who use any of our services.
Every child and young person who participates in the activities of APPAS should be able to participate in an enjoyable and safe environment and be protected from harm and abuse. This is the responsibility of every adult in the association. APPAS recognises its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children and young people by protecting them from physical, sexual, or emotional abuse, neglect and bullying.
APPAS will ensure that:-
APPAS will take responsibility for:-
A child is defined as a person under the age of 18 (The Children Act 1989).
Promoting Good Practice
Child abuse, particularly sexual abuse, is a highly emotive situation which can change individuals and affect organisations, but we will not allow emotional conflict to interfere with our judgement about any appropriate action to take.
Abuse can occur within many situations including home, school and the supporting environment. Some individuals will actively seek employment or voluntary work with young people in order to harm them. There are some people in this organisation who will have regular contact with young people and be an important link in identifying cases where they need protection. Any suspicious cases or poor practice should be reported to Adele Peters or Andrew Benn who is the named safeguarding lead for the organisation and the guidelines in this policy should be followed.
Good Practice means:-
Named person for child protection
If you are concerned about a child, the named contact for APPAS or Andrew Benn or Adele Peters if unavailable.
What should you do if a young person reports abuse to you:-
If someone discloses that they are being abused, whether in the home or another setting, you should:-
The report will include the following:-
If there are concerns about sharing the above information with a colleague you can contact Aylesbury police.
What APPAS will do next?
It is not the responsibility of APPAS to decide whether abuse has taken place or not, however we will pass on the information to the appropriate authority.
We will write down all of the information so that if we are asked at a later time we can produce a written report.
We will report severe and obvious cases of abuse immediately.
Services for Children and Young People and Children’s Social Care, have a statutory duty under The Children Act of 1989 to ensure the welfare of a child. When a child protection referral is made, they have a legal responsibility to investigate, and all agencies have a duty to co-operate with those investigations. This may involve talking to the child and their family and gathering information from other people who know the child. Enquiries may be carried out jointly with the police. Any concern must not be taken lightly.
The protection of children is paramount and if we have any concerns about a child being abused or neglected we will contact:-
Types of Abuse and Neglect
Signs/indicators of abuse and neglect are helpful if they are used with some caution. They are not necessarily evidence of abuse or neglect. However, if you are concerned about a child or young person, they can help you think about why you have that concern.
Signs that may suggest physical abuse:
Signs of possible sexual abuse:
Signs which may suggest emotional harm:
The following signs may be present in children whose parents are over-critical and emotionally distant, or who are unable to meet their child’s emotional needs:-
Signs which may suggest neglect:
Please note that these lists are possible indicators of abuse, any signs of abuse must be considered in context.
Positive ways of protecting children
What do children need?
What to do if you are worried
If you are unsure that a child may be suffering but are worried, please contact Aylesbury Police
If you are concerned that a child has suffered harm, neglect or abuse, please contact Aylesbury Police