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All Shining Stars teachers are subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Should there be any concerns about a child the Shining Stars Principal will act appropriately in line with their Child Protection training.

Purpose and Statement:

Children and young people have the right to be safe and happy whilst participating in activities organised by Shining Stars. The company therefore takes all reasonable precautions to safeguard the welfare of the young people who work and train with us.


This child protection policy and associated procedures have been drawn up for the benefit of children and young people under the age of 18, or adults who may be considered vulnerable.  They apply to all the teaching and support staff, voluntary class assistants and artists engaged by the company.


In accordance with the provisions of The Children Act 1989, the "welfare of children is paramount".  This means that some of the usual considerations of confidentiality may be superseded by the need to protect children, young people and vulnerable adults (collectively referred to as 'young people' in this document).


The person at who has overall responsibility for child protection issues with Shining Stars is the Principal, Victoria Purdon, 07966026590. They have received training in the protection of young people and is responsible for ensuring that the company's policies and procedures are kept up to date and adhered to by Shining Stars.  She is also the person to whom any concerns regarding suspected child abuse should be addressed. The Principal is also responsible for health and safety matters within the company. However, it is not their role to decide whether a young person has been abused or not; this is the job of the statutory authorities to whom she has a duty to report possible child abuse.

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