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.
Created by like-minded professionals and academics 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.
Professor Peter Flew, Chair, Safer Dance - the Dance School Safeguarding Working Group
Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the School of Education, University of Roehampton, London
Trustee, Royal Academy of Dance
Update - 23rd November 2023
New NSPCC / CPSU blog on safeguarding in dance
Our colleague Fiona Becker from the NSPCC has written a blog about safeguarding in dance: https://thecpsu.org.uk/news/2023-11-safeguarding-in-the-dance-sector/.
Update - 8th September 2023
Panorama programme on ballet schools
If anyone has any worries about safeguarding issues which may have happened or are happening in dance schools, please refer to our Where to find support page
Update - 8th September 2023
A simple guide to Touch and Consent in Dance
We have created a simple guide to help you look after your dance students when you need to touch them to help them learn effectively. See our resources page.
Update - 25th July 2023
The Power of Language session 2 - Mental Health
This session supports dance teachers who engage with young people who may have issues with poor mental health. Nicole Lekka (Consultant Psychiatrist), Will Centurion (Counselling and Life Coaching for Actors, Singers and Dancers) and Maria Kolitsida (University of Birmingham) were the presenters. See our resources page.
Update - 24th February 2023
The Power of Language session 1 - Neurodiversity
Safer Dance hosted the first in a series of lunchtime conversations surrounding the theme of "The Power of Language". This session was led by Martin Wilson of TIN Arts on Neurodiversity. You can find it here on our YouTube Channel and on our resources page.
Update - 29th January 2023
One-page reminder for dance teachers
Following a request for something simple and helpful, we have created a handy one-page checklist for dance teachers with a reminder of the key issues you need to address to keep your school safe. See our resources page.
Update - 26th October 2022
Free Safeguarding in Sport & Physical Activity Course
We are pleased to introduce a free online course created by Paul Stewart, Safeguarding Trainer to the EFL/Premier League, and former professional footballer with England, Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur. More details on our resources page. The course can be found here: Free Safeguarding in Sport & Physical Activity Course
Update - 21st October 2022
Update - 11th July 2022
NSPCC create guidance on Preventing Abuse in Positions of Trust in Dance.
The law relating to children aged 16 and 17 has changed. We asked the NSPCC to create a version of their guidance document specifically for dance. Thank you to the NSPCC for this helpful document.
Download the guidance on our Resources page.
Update - 5th May 2022
Free Guide to Recruiting a Specialist Dance Teacher, created by industry experts, now available to support school leaders.
Primary and Secondary School leaders are encouraged to bring the transformational joy of dance into their schools, but they must not be dazzled by an impressive list of performances on a CV.
Download a free guide on our Resources page.