How to Implement the Code in Your own Dance Organisation

 

1. Read the whole Safety in Swing Dance website, paying particular attention to the Notes for Organisers’ page.

2. Make a plan for how reports of inappropriate behaviour will be handled and recorded (where will your log live? Will it be an actual book, or an online, password protected document?) and who will be recording them.

3. Compile a list of charities and support available in your local area (we’ll happily publish any you find on our Resources page).

4. Nominate someone to be a point of contact for reports, and take steps to ensure that the nominated person is able to deal with complaints sensitively and appropriately. Seek training if required, and be prepared to periodically update that training.

5. Copy and paste the code onto your own website/Facebook page, filling in the blanks with appropriate contact details (see the relevant Manchester Lindy page as an example). For confidentiality reasons, the contact email addresses should be ones that only the nominated safety person will access, and not a general email address that is open to all staff within a dance group. You can set up a completely new email address for this purpose, but it must be one that can be checked regularly.

You can add a webform to your site if you’d prefer the email address not to appear in public, or you can write it in a manner that confuses the robots (spelling out “at” and “dot” for example).

6. If possible, larger dance organisations should offer both male and female contacts (not applicable for solo teachers) and all teachers and organisations must make it clear that any person making a report has the option of contacting someone outside of their home scene (see List of Contacts) for any reason (including personality clashes, wrong vibes or simply a personal preference for distance).

Cross scene reporting options are absolutely vital, as they ensure that no one, not even listed code organisers and nominated safety people are beyond scrutiny. They also make the acknowledgment that the code is for all of us, and not some unnamed, unknown, other.

In the case of serious code transgressions, an option for a ‘first aid’ type response from a different Lindy scene’s safety person (who can pass the report on to a home-group organiser, or provide additional support while the reporting person tells a home-group organiser themselves) could be the very thing that enables a person to come forward at all.

It should also be made clear that advice, information and support is offered to anyone suffering within the Swing Dance scene and dancers asking for assistance do not have to be attendees of a code event.

7. Then provide a link back to this website, so that the code can be viewed in context by those seeking further information.

After that, let us know! We’ll add you to the list of dance organisations using the code, and place your nominated safety people on the list of contacts.

Should the code be updated, we’ll email you so you can update your own records and website (and so you can ensure that your nominated safety person is still fully informed).

Just email kortelainen.taina (at) gmail (dot) com.

 

In the rare instances of code applications from teachers and scene leaders that have faced allegations themselves, further guidance is available here: Additional Information.

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