Child Protection Policy

This policy is specifically focused on children but gives consideration to the protection of vulnerable adults. piano4t is committed to piano teaching practices which protect children from harm. In particular we: 

1. Recognise that good child protection policies and procedures are of benefit to everyone involved in music teaching and learning.

2. Have enhanced disclosure (DBS) clearance which is kept updated.

3. Take part in training in good practice in Child Protection for Instrumental Teaching provided by specialist consultants with Buckinghamshire LEA.

4. Put in place Child Protection Procedures, which will be regularly reviewed, and undertake to adhere to these.

5. Will truthfully document any allegation or disclosure regarding possible risk to children and where appropriate will report any reasonable concerns to the authorities, in accordance with child protection procedures and current legal requirements.


Procedures

1. Teaching strategies such as demonstrating for the student to copy or using a mirror will be used rather than physical touch. However it is occasionally simpler and more effective to use physical contact such as manipulating the student’s hand, arm or wrist. Piano teachers will always make sure the pupil is comfortable with this and aware of the reason for such contact. 

2. It is always possible for parents/carers to view the lesson from outside the room, or for them to sit in on piano lessons.

3. Other adults who may regularly be on the premises during piano lessons have also been DBS checked.

4. No car transport for child pupils will be provided without separate consent from parents/carers.

5. No private communications will take place with pupils under the age of 18 via social networking sites, email or SMS.

6. All personal information acquired in the course of teaching children will be treated as confidential, unless there are concerns that a child may be at risk.

7. piano4t will only keep data on pupils for as long as the pupil is receiving music tuition; after that it will be securely destroyed

8. Parents should advise piano4t on any health needs and allergies the pupil may have that may require physical attention.

9. Parents should be clear about who is collecting pupils and pupils will not be allowed to leave by themselves without written permission.

10. Parents should ensure the teacher has their emergency contact details.