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.

Image of dancer: Photo by Marta Wave from Pexels

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.

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

Image of dancers: Photo by cottonbro from Pexels

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.


Update - 12th April 2022

Safeguarding is not just about protecting children from harm. Our friends at the Ann Craft Trust have written a short piece introducing their work. It can be found on our Resources page.


The Ann Craft Trust is a leading authority in safeguarding adults and young people at risk. Our aim is to create a world where people live safely, free from the risk of abuse. Through pioneering training, practice reviews and contributing to world-leading research, ACT supports organisations to safeguard adults and young people at risk and minimise the risk of harm.

The Ann Craft Trust has a dedicated team working to support the Sport and Activity Sector. We have a range of resources available on our website including:

  • Safeguarding policies and procedures templates

  • Guidance documents concerning legislation and good practice

  • Regular podcasts and blogs

  • Bespoke safeguarding in sport and activity training and eLearning courses

For more information visit https://www.anncrafttrust.org/

Update - 10th March 2022

To coincide with our presenting at Move It, we have launched a number of free resources to help dance schools with safeguarding. They can be found here: Resources. We shall be in the Seminar Theatre on Friday afternoon https://www.moveitdance.co.uk/friday-talks-programme/

What to do if you are worried about a child or need to talk to someone about a non-recent incident of child abuse

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 an organisation or event, 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 by 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.

Please note the LADO role exists in England only. In the devolved nations please contact:

· Scotland: contact the local social work team and Police Scotland

· Northern Ireland: Health and Social Care Trust Gateway Service Team and Police Service Northern Ireland (PSNI)

· Wales: local child protection services and the police

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

If you're worried about a child, even if you're unsure, contact the NSPCC Helpline on

0808 800 5000 or email help@nspcc.org.uk.

Children and young people can call Childline (24-hour helpline) on 0800 1111 to talk over any worries.

For further information about child abuse see NSPCC guidance: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/reporting-abuse/what-if-suspect-abuse/

Abuse against adults

Any instances of abuse against adults can be reported to the local authority adult social care services. Contact details can be found on your local authority website.

Go to "Where to find support" page for further information.


Questions?

Contact Peter Flew to get more information about the project