Dance School Safeguarding Working Group

The Dance School Safeguarding Working Group is a collective voice promoting high standards of safeguarding in the Dance School sector in order to protect children and young adults.

Project mission

Created by like-minded academics and professionals in the dance school and safeguarding sectors, the group has the following mission:

To help protect children and vulnerable adults who attend dance teaching in out-of-school settings (“the sector”) in the UK by supporting and facilitating the implementation of high standards of safeguarding.

Peter Flew, Chair Safer Dance, the Dance School Safeguarding Working Group

Director of the School of Education, University of Roehampton, London

Trustee, Royal Academy of Dance

What to do if you are worried about a child or need to talk to someone about an historic incident

If you are worried about anything which may have occurred in or around the out-of-school dance school sector, please follow the recommended guidance (DfE link), namely:

If you have concerns about a setting, first raise concerns with the provider. If the situation is not resolved, please escalate the issue by calling the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000 or contacting the local authority designated officer (LADO). To find your local authority, go to Find your local council and enter the postcode of your setting.

If you believe a child is in immediate danger of harm, please call the police on 999.

More options can be found on our "Where to find support" page.


Contact Peter Flew to get more information about the project