Code of Conduct

Last updated:
August 2021

Child Safety

All adult staff and volunteers are required to observe child safe principles and expectations for appropriate behaviour towards all children. Parkwood Dance Academy is an inclusive community that does not distinguish between Aboriginal, culturally, and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds. We have zero tolerance to racial, cultural or religious discrimination.

PDA promotes the safety, participation and empowerment of those with a disability.

All personnel are responsible for actively supporting and embedding the culture of safety, participation, well-being and empowerment of children at all times by:

  • adhering to this child safe policy and upholding this statement of commitment.
  • taking all reasonable steps to protect children from abuse.
  • treating everyone with respect.
  • listening and responding to the views and concerns of children, particularly if they are telling you that they or another child has been abused and/or are worried about their safety or
  • the safety of another.
  • ensuring as far as practicable that adults are not left alone with a child.
  • reporting any child safety concerns or allegations of child abuse to the Principal of PDA, the police or the relevant child protection agency.
  • if an allegation of child abuse is made, ensure as quickly as possible that the child(ren) are safe.
  • encouraging children to ‘have a say’ and participate in all relevant organisational activities where possible, especially on issues that are important to them.

Staff and volunteers must not:

  • develop any ‘special’ relationships with children that could be viewed as favouritism (for example, the offering of gifts or special treatment for specific children).
  • exhibit behaviours with children which may be construed as unnecessarily physical. Dance by its very nature requires some physical touch for correction. Teachers can create a safe environment by asking permission of students first.
  • do things of a personal nature that a child can do for themselves, such as toileting or changing clothes.
  • engage in open discussions of a mature or adult nature in the presence of children with use of inappropriate language in the presence of children.
  • express personal views on cultures, race or sexuality in the presence of children
  • discriminate against any child, including because of culture, race, ethnicity or disability.
  • have contact with a child or their family outside of our organisation without our child safety officer’s knowledge and/or consent (for example, no babysitting).
  • have any online contact with a child or their family (unless necessary, for example providing families with e- newsletters).
  • ignore or disregard any suspected or disclosed child abuse.


  • Our dance teaching staff are appropriately qualified in the delivery of dance tuition and will not be held responsible for any injuries incurred whilst in class or within a related hire facility. Senior staff will seek appropriate medical attention and a current First Aider will administer to the injury, if necessary.
  • All dance teaching staff are appropriately qualified in the delivery of dance tuition and may deem it  necessary to physically contact a student to assist  correct placement.
  • No liability will be taken by De Hofz Pty Ltd t/a Parkwood Dance Academy or any of its employees regarding accidents or injuries which occur whilst dancing or performing with us.

Reporting breaches

  • By observing these standards, you acknowledge your responsibility to immediately report any breach of this code to the Principal of Parkwood Dance Academy.
  • If you believe a child is at immediate risk of abuse phone 000.

Student Behaviour

  • Every student is required to wear the designated studio uniform to every lesson. (Refer to Uniform requirements for details)
  • Students should bring a named, sealed water bottle to every class.
  • Student injuries (especially involving strapping) or illness must be advised by an adult, before class.
  • Parents are to supply appropriate personal hygiene products (including deodorant). Please consider minimising the use of aerosols.
  • Students should arrive in class at the correct starting time.
  • Parkwood Dance Academy cannot be held responsible for loss or damage of personal property.
  • Students are the responsibility of the school for the duration of the class only. Before and after class is the responsibility of the parent or guardian.

Parent commitment

  • Your child should have realistic goals based on their ability and experience.
  • Good behaviour includes praising the efforts of all students.
  • Focus on each child’s honest efforts rather than the overall outcome.
  • Encourage children to follow the rules and to be a co-operative, respectful class member.
  • Support the discipline process to manage inappropriate or disrespectful behaviour.
  • Support the teaching process and raise any concerns through appropriate channels.
  • Encourage your child to reference the school, staff and fellow students in positive terms.
  • Teachers instructions will always be mindful of the student’s best interests.
  • To promote the best progress, encourage students to attend all classes and rehearsals.
  • Absences can be messaged via text to the Principal:  0425 749 261.
  • Encourage your child to ask an adult if they need assistance.
  • Parents are not permitted into the studio during class, unless invited.
  • Junior students should be collected inside the facility and should not wait outside.