Child Welfare

Disclosure Scotland PVG

Disclosure Scotland procedures: Stagestars Scotland is a registered body with ‘Disclosure Scotland’. Every member of staff employed by us goes through the enhanced childcare and PVG (Protecting Vulnerable Groups)checks by ‘Disclosure Scotland’. You can be assured that all our staff have passed ‘Disclosure Scotland’ checks.

First Aid and Emergency Contacts

Medical conditions and emergencies: We ask all parents and guardians to make us aware of your child’s up-to-date medical conditions or learning difficulties. Our staff need to be fully advised and able to cope with any eventuality. Our staff have basic First Aid training and would be able to cope with basic first aid requirements.

We ask all parents to provide us with two emergency contact numbers (other than the home contact number) for use in case of serious injury or illness whilst in our care.

Ethos and Team Work

We work exceptionally well as team, and have a friendly ethos. However, this can only happen if all our members have the appropriate behaviour and attitude, and respect one another. To perform with Stagestars Scotland necessitates strict self discipline, team work and cooperation with the other members of the company. We educate children and adults on how to behave in a Performing Arts environment. Good behaviour is paramount and it is expected of all our students, young and old. This disciplined and friendly ethos develops professionalism within our lessons and performances, and teaches the students to respect their peers allowing them to work well as a team. Stagestars does not tolerate bullying or disruptive behaviour of any kind, and we reserve the right to dismiss any student exhibiting such behaviour. Thankfully this has never had to happen!

Stagestars staff follow the Scottish Government Legislation on protecting children and our approach is always to make a positive difference to all children in our care.

The Children’s Charter and the Framework for Standards (The National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland 2014)

The Children’s Charter was drawn up following
consultation with children and young people as part of the Scottish Government‟s child protection reform programme. The Charter sets out a list of demands children should feel entitled to make:

  • get to know us;
  • speak with us;
  • listen to us;
  • take us seriously;
  • involve us;
  • respect our privacy;
  • be responsible to us;
  • think about our lives as a whole;
  • think carefully about how you use information about us;
  • put us in touch with the right people;
  • use your power to help;
  • make things happen when they should; and
  • help us be safe

GIRFEC

The GIRFEC approach is reinforced by measures in the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014.

Getting it right for every child (GIRFEC) is the Scottish government’s approach to making a positive difference for all children and young people in Scotland. Its principles help shape all policy, practice and legislation that affects children and their families.

It provides a consistent way for people to support and work with all children and young people in Scotland. It aims to improve outcomes for children and make sure that agencies work together to take action when a child is at risk or needs support.

GIRFEC says children should be:

  • safe
  • healthy
  • achieving
  • nurtured
  • active
  • respected
  • responsible
  • included

Each child is different, and there is no set level of wellbeing that children should achieve. These 8 wellbeing indicators are seen as the basic requirements needed for all children and young people to grow, develop and reach their full potential. GIRFEC is based on 10 core components that can be applied in any setting and any circumstance. These include: a focus on improving outcomes for children, young people and their families based on a shared understanding of well-being; a co-ordinated and unified approach; consistent high standards of co-operation, joint working and communication.

Testimonials

My daughter Ellie started with Stagestars PAS 4 years ago aged 8. Since starting she has been involved in two big shows and a number of other performances which she has loved and which have given her opportunities to learn in performing arts and grow with her self confidence. I too have thoroughly enjoyed learning and seeing for myself how things go backstage after helping behind the scenes of two big show performances. The work and commitment that goes into the shows is fantastic both from staff and students and the pride that the students show in themselves and each other is amazing! It was truly great to see! Staff are fantastic and Ellie has become especially fond of all her teachers there. I would and will always recommended Stagestars to anyone. It is a great place where the kids can relax, let go, be themselves and have lots of fun with some very talented mentors.

Kerry  
Kerry

Stagestars Scotland is a well organised, professionally run stage school on your doorstep which provides a variety of music, dance and drama based activities for all ages to a standard you would expect in large city. And how do I know this – well I’m proud to say that my family and I are part of it. My son has grown in confidence, achieved great things, stretched his ability and loved his 9 years as part of the team, and is looking forward to having 10 years under his belt as a performing arts student. The new home of Stagestars has also allowed him to learn to play keyboard and extend his dance skills. The adult theatre school has given me the chance to return to a hobby which I enjoyed before I had my family, and given me opportunities which I thought had long gone! All thanks to Seonaid and her amazing staff.

Diane 
Diane

I really enjoy singing, dancing and acting so Stagestars is perfect for me! It’s great fun and I have met new people from other schools. My favourite time is Show time!
Dodie

 

My son looks forward to his Stagestars class every Thursday and has been attending now for 2 years.Having the mix of the three classes is just fantastic; music, drama and dance, which I feel gives a much stronger rounded performer. The school is like a second family to him and it’s wonderful that he is not the only boy, which used to be case at other dance classes he tried. It’s also wonderful for him to mix with children away from his day to day schooling, which will help him not only in performance, but the bigger social picture of life. Traveling 40miles is a commitment, but one worth having and getting home late after 9, but with a total buzz of what the new song or dance move is. Wonderful to see such enthusiasm and passion from a ten year old boy. Thank you Seonaid and the whole team.

Christine 
Christine

Many thanks to Margaret and Seonaid for the excellent keyboard and music reading skills my daughter has learnt during the group keyboard lessons at Stagestars. The most fantastic thing of all is that she has so much fun during the lessons, that the learning seems to be happening without her even realising! A brilliant way to learn musical skills for primary ages, thanks Stagestars!
Joyce