Here are our policies.

Child Protection Policy

Boom Arts Academy supports the principle that children and young people must always be protected from harm. We believe that no child or young person should be the subject of neglectful or abusive behaviour.

We will promote and maintain the welfare of every child in our care and seek to protect them from harm regardless of race, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief or any other form of identity or creed. We will create a safe and welcoming environment for all.

This policy applies to all our staff and volunteers and covers children under the age of 18 and vulnerable adults under the age of 24.

To protect children and young people in our care, we will:

  • Value and respect children and listen to what they have to say
  • Work with children, parents and relevant organisations
  • Share our policy with all staff, parents and students
  • Ensure all required checks are made when hiring staff and that those in regular contact with children hold a current DBS check.
  • Provide appropriate training and support to all staff
  • Take responsibility for children and young people’s safety when in our care
  • Seek permission from parents before taking images (photographs or film) of students and inform them how and where the images will be used
  • Report suspected neglect or abuse to the nominated member of staff, relevant organisation, or police.
  • Ensure that this policy is regularly updated

Additional guidance can be found in the following documents at the end of this policy:

  • Reporting Suspected Neglect or Abuse
  • Appropriate Physical Contact in Dance
  • Chaperoning Students to and from Dance Events
  • Use of Photographs and Film of Children

Reporting Suspected Neglect or Abuse

Concerns regarding a child’s welfare can be reported by:

  • Parents
  • Teachers
  • Friends
  • The child or young person

All allegations of neglect or abuse will be taken seriously. If a concern is reported directly by the child or young person we will not seek to disagree, ask probing or leading questions, or do anything else which may discourage them.

We will make clear that reported concerns cannot be kept confidential but will need to be shared with a nominated member of staff or external organisation. Parents or guardians will also be involved if appropriate.

We recognise that early action is vital. Any concerns will be reported immediately.

If the child or young person is in immediate danger of harm, we will contact the police on 999.

In all other cases, we will report concerns to the local Protection Team at Boom Arts Academy or the relevant safeguarding officer on the schools grounds where classes are held.

Appropriate Physical Contact in Dance

Teaching dance is a physical activity and a teacher will sometimes need to make physical contact with a student to show an idea or to correct the student’s position. This can include:

  • Lifting
  • Adjusting arms, legs, rib cage, hips, feet, hands
  • Moving one student in relation to another

Where contact is needed, we will remain sensitive to the student’s wishes and put their welfare first. In all cases, we will say why and how we will be correcting the student’s position before making any contact.

We encourage students to report any concerns.

Chaperoning Children to and from Dance Events

When chaperoning students to an event, we will:

  • Provide parents and students with information about what the event is for
  • Provide parents and students with the full address of the event
  • In cases where the event is taking place in a large building, we will also give the room or studio number where possible
  • Have a planned journey route that is shared with parents, students and chaperones
  • Make sure that students are aware of what they should do if they get lost
  • Ask parents and students for their contact details in case of emergency
  • Have a clear idea of how students will be cared for while at the event

We will ensure that chaperones hold all required checks and licences and are aware of our Child Protection Policy.

Use of Photographs and Film of Children

We recognise that taking images of students in our care may not always be appropriate and that some children and parents may not want images taken at any time. Therefore, before taking images of a child or young person, we will:

  • Make clear to the child and parent where and when the image will be taken
  • Clearly identify the person who will be taking the image
  • Explain how the image will be used, e.g. whether it will be posted on social media or printed to be displayed at the school
  • Seek written agreement from parents that images can be taken of their child

Where we have publically displayed images at our school or on social media, parents and students may withdraw their permission at any time. In such cases, the images will be removed as soon as is reasonable and without question.

We ask that any parent wanting to take photographs or film at our events only do so with our prior permission. Permission will only be granted on the agreement of all present.

Health & Safety Policy

This is a statement of general policy and arrangements for Boom Arts Academy Ltd.

We will actively maintain and promote good health and safety procedures and will:

  • Maintain safe and healthy work conditions
  • Provide adequate control of the health and safety risks at our school
  • Be open to comments and suggestions from our teachers, volunteers, students and their parents and guardians on matters relating to health and safety
  • Provide information, instruction and supervision for employees and students and make them aware of this policy
  • Ensure all teachers are capable of doing their tasks, hold any required qualifications, and that they receive adequate training
  • Record any harm or injuries that occur in an Accident Book and make changes where required to avoid similar incidents in the future
  • Regularly review and update this policy

Miss Isla Selley has overall responsibility for health and safety.

Miss Isla Selley has day-to-day responsibility for ensuring this policy is put into practice.

A Health & Safety Law poster is displayed at [all schools].

A First Aid box and Accident Book is located at Reception

In the case of an emergency or serious injury, please contact the emergency services on 999

Data Protection 

Boom arts academy shall comply with the data protection policy when handling personal data in the course of anybody associated with the company ; to include employees, chaperones, assistants, parents, and all children involved with us. We will also comply with all social media and IT polices .

From now the General Data Protection Regulation ( GDPR ) will come into effect. Respecting your Data is important and we are taking numerous steps to ensure we comply with this new EU regulation that relates to how personal information is stored and processed .

Anyone who is currently associated with us will be part of our Data base this be directly or indirectly, and we will use the data stored to contact you about any information about Boom Arts Academy and other relevant information in line with Dance preferences, exams, uniform and general updates or cancellation of classes.

The lawful basis we use for this process is “Legitimate interest” this is covered in GDPR,the ICO recommend that companies using this basis conduct a legitimate interests assessment (LIA) and we have of course done this.

YOUR RIGHT

You have the right to object to the processing of your personal data that we hold and use .

And the rights are as follows

Fair processing Of how we use your personal information.

Request access This is so you can see exactly what information we hold about you.

Request correction This is so you have the right to see what we hold and should there be anything that needs correction you can.

Request to delete files This is if you leave our school you have the right to ask us to delete all files we hold about you.

Objection of process  Of your personal data where we may use your data for Marketing or Social Media

Who we share your personal information with

We will only share your personal information with any third party for legitimate reasons and we will only provide your personal information which we consider is necessary for the performance of that reason.

We will share your personal information (including student names and details) with third parties for laws including theatre shows for chaperoning, exams with the ISTD and BCA or ISTD competitions.

Boom Arts Academy Data Rules

Once Students leaves the academy with a terms notice to the Finance team and Principle all details and information of student will be deleted.

The Quickest way to do this: is to reply to us in full providing all the students details relating to Data Protection by emailing BoomArtsAcademy@hotmail.com and the finance team FinanceBoom@hotmail.com where by we will act accordingly, but should you wish us to remove you from our data file there will be a possibility of dates times, class cancellations, relevant information and events missed as we will not always be able to contact you directly.

Name:         Miss Isla Selley

Job Title:  Boom Arts Academy Principal

Boom Arts Academy Ltd   07951992056

www.boomartsacademy.com

enquiriesboom@hotmail.com