Child Protection Policy

The main purpose of WIDA is to promote Irish dancing around the world, while striving to ensure the best possible experience for each individual on their level of involvement in Irish dance. This is encouraged through an open and friendly culture, which is always present at WIDA events, despite the competitive nature of modern Irish dance.

WIDA members are committed to ensuring safe environments for children and young people and believe that it is always unacceptable for a child or young person to experience abuse of any kind. We seek to ensure the health & well-being of the dancer at all times. We recognise our responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children and young people, by a commitment to recommend and ensure best practice which protects them.

This policy applies to all WIDA members (teachers and adjudicators), volunteers and employees at events.

We recognise that:

  • The welfare of the child / young person is paramount.
  • All children, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity have the right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse.

We will seek to safeguard children and young people by:

  • valuing them, listening to and respecting them.
  • providing a safe environment for all activities – classes, shows, competitions etc.
  • adopting child protection guidelines through procedures and safe working practice in all classes and events.
  • having a designated Child Protection Officer.
  • having a reporting procedure to respond to concerns about the welfare of children and young people.
  • having a code of behaviour for WIDA members, volunteers and employees.
  • recruiting staff and volunteers safely. In particular, WIDA teachers will comply with the disclosure requirements as applicable in the country/countries in which they are teaching.
  • providing effective guidance for WIDA members and volunteers through supervision, support and training.

WIDA will review the Child Protection Policy every two years or sooner in light of any changes in legislation or guidance.