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DMJ Dancing

Welcome to D.M.J. Dancing

Hello and welcome to the D.M.J website. My name is Deborah Maureen Jane Killworth.

I started dancing at the age of 3 with a Russian Style ballet, and then at the age of 9 I started Ballroom, Latin American, Rock 'n' Roll and Disco Freestyle.whilst carring on with Ballet. At the age of 12 I joined June Cant's dance school and took my exams all the way through to Supreme Award. I started going to Disco Freestyle Competitions which I really enjoyed and became a Champion dancer in both Solo's and Pair's. I then started to help June Cant teach and at the age of 25 I retired from competing and went on to do my professional exams with the I.S.T.D. U.K.A and the I.D.T.A. I then became a member of the A.D.F.P. to whom I hold Championship status which enables me to judge. Dancing has been and is my life and I hope that I bring that enthusiasim to my dance school.

D.M.J. dancing specialises in disco/freestyle, ballroom, latin american, rock.'n'.roll, street, and slow styles of dancing, training pupils up for the I.D.T.A. U.K.A and I.S.T.D. exams and medalist competitions. The I.D.T.A. U.K.A and the I.S.T.D. are the three leading associations within the dance world and the school is also involved in the A.D.F.P. competition circuit. The A.D.F.P. is the organisation in which the competition rules are run under.

Debbie Killworth

Child Protection Policy

Child Protection Policy For Debbie Killworth (D.M.J. Dancing)


Debbie Killworth (D.M.J. Dancing) fully recognises the responsibility it has to have arrangements about safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

This document sets out how the club will meet those responsibilities, which fall into three categories:

1. What action adults working in the club will take if they suspect a club member is being abused.

2. Staff code of conduct.

3. Preventing unsuitable people working or helping with the club.

If a child is being abused

Club staff can have an important role to play in noticing indicators of possible abuse or neglect through their contact with children. It is important that all staff know what to do if they have any such concerns.

  • Staff will create and maintain a club ethos where children are encouraged to talk and are listened to.
  • Staff will have an awareness of the indicators of abuse and always take any concerns seriously.
  • If staff have any suspicion that a child is being abused they will report this to Children's Social Care Services or the Police child and Domestic Abuse Central Referral and Tasking Unit.
  • Please see Appendix 1 for categories of abuse. If staff have any doubts about the appropriateness of a child protection referral they will take further advice from (named person in club) and/or the School Designated Person for Child Protection.
  • If a child discloses she/he has been abused, staff and volunteers cannot promise to the child that this will be kept a secret.

Code of Conduct for Adult Working in the Club

  • Staff are responsible for their own actions and behaviour and should avoid any conduct which would lead any reasonable person to question their motivation and intentions.
  • Staff will ensure their behaviour remains professional at all times, including their dress and use of language.
  • Physical contact between adults and club members should be limited to the minimum required. Younger children may need more physical contact than older children. Adults should avoid any physical contact that could be misconstrued.
  • All staff and volunteers are aware of the need for maintaining appropriate and professional boundaries in their relationships and never engage in any sexual relationship with club members in or out of the club.
  • Staff and volunteers should avoid working in one to one situations but where this is necessary they should ensure there is visual access and remote or secluded areas should be avoided.
  • Staff will never allow or condone bullying or racism by adults or other club members.
  • Adults should not transport club members in their car without the express agreement of parents except in cases of emergency.

Abuse of Trust

The Sexual Offences Act 2003

It is an offence for a person over 18 (e.g. teacher, sports coach, youth worker) to have a sexual relationship with a young person under 18 where that person is in a position of trust in respect of that young person even if the relationship is consensual. This applies where the young person is in full-time education and the teacher/responsible adult works in the same establishment as the young person, even if he/she does not teach the young person.

Preventing unsuitable people from working with children.

The club will operate safe recruitment practices including ensuring appropriate Criminal Record Bureau checks and references are taken up. Referees will be asked whether they have any reason to doubt the person's suitability to work with children.

The club will consult with the Manager of the Child Protection Review Unit (give relevant phone no.) and with the head teacher of the school in the event of an allegation being made against an adult working in the club she/he will adhere to the relevant procedures.

Code Of Conduct

Unacceptable Behaviour

I would like to inform all pupils/parents that any unacceptable behaviour will not be tolerated, either here within the club or at any event/competition where the club is beng represented. Unacceptable behaviour may result in the pupil's exclusion from the club.

Unaceceptable behaviour includes - swearing, spitting, fighting and derogatory comment towards others.

Most importantly whilst at the competitions you are all ambassadors and representatives of this club and i expect you to behave in a manner showing this.

Debbie Killworth