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The International Dance Organization (IDO) has adopted the following safeguarding and child protection policy with the aim of ensuring that all those involved in dance with children have a moral and legal obligation to share, endeavour and practice the highest possible standard of behaviour, care and responsibility for the safety and welfare of children, young people and pupils (every human being below the age of 18 years is considered as child).
IDO believes that all children involved in dance have a fundamental right to be protected so that they can enjoy dance free from all forms of abuse and exploitation, and have a right to have their voices heard, regardless of time and place. In that spirit, IDO is fully committed to safeguarding and supporting the safety and welfare of children in dance. The children welfare is paramount. IDO expects from all involved in dance to share this commitment.
IDO SAFEGUARD AND CHILD PROTECTION CONTACT EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
All children, regardless of any personal characteristic including their age, gender, language, skin colour, ability, any disability they may have, nationality, culture, racial origin, religious belief, political or other opinion, socio/economic background, pace or type of residence, sexual identity and preference have the same rights to feel safe and protected from any form of abuse, harassment and neglect, and have the right to take part in dance in a safe, healthy, fair, inclusive, non-violent, positive, respectful and enjoyable environment, in all capacities and at all levels.
The health, welfare and safeguarding of children is everyone’s responsibility, regardless of the country we are from or the role we hold in dance. This means that everyone in dance has a duty to respond to any concerns that they or others, may have about a child, or the behaviour of an adult. This relates to concerns, which arise both within, and, outside of the dance environment. Children safeguarding includes both preventive actions to minimise the chances of harm occurring and responsive actions aimed at ensuring that, if concerns arise, they are handled appropriately.