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The Safer Dance Guide to recruiting a Specialist Dance Teacher

How do you tell the difference between a great dancer and a great dance teacher? As part of our mission to improve safeguarding within dance, we have create a handy guide for Primary and Secondary School leaders who wish to hire a dance teacher for either curriculum delivery or to run an after-school club.

Dance can be transformative for children but, as the guide says, “Don’t be dazzled by an impressive list of performances on a CV”

May 2022

Recruiting Dance Teachers for Primary & Secondary Schools.pdf

Free resources for Dance Teachers

We have put together a handy set of materials which we hope will support you and your desire to improve safeguarding in your dance teaching:

Make a pledge

Why not display your commitment to safeguarding for all to see? By putting up a Dance Teachers' Safeguarding Pledge poster, you are making this very clear. The posters can be found here: Pledge Posters

Watch the video

Watch a short video on dance-specific safeguarding issues to consider here:

Who to tell

Not sure who to tell if you have concerns? Check out One Dance UK's useful guide

Display Childline posters

A useful checklist

Worried you may miss something? Here is a handy checklist to help

Anything else?

If you would like us to work on a new resource, just let us know here

The Ann Craft Trust - advice on safeguarding adults

The Ann Craft Trust

Everyone has a right to be treated with respect and dignity. Everyone deserves to be safe.

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.

We believe that all organisations should commit to creating a safe environment for everyone.

Why do we need to Safeguard Adults?

Everyone has the right to live their life free from violence, fear and abuse. All adults have the right to be protected from harm and exploitation.

The Care Act 2014 recognises that abuse of adults is linked to circumstances rather than the characteristics of the people experiencing the harm. This legislation also recognises that some adults are more at risk than others. As some are unable to protect themselves, statutory safeguarding duties apply to any adult who:

  • Has needs for care and support (whether or not the local authority is meeting any of those needs) and;

  • Is experiencing, or is at risk of, abuse or neglect; and;

  • As a result of those care and support needs is unable to protect themselves from either the risk of, or the experience of, abuse or neglect.

Safeguarding in the wider context

There will be situations concerning people who don’t meet the criteria for being referred to the Local Authority as an Adult at Risk, but who are nonetheless at risk of harm. In those situations, it is important to have in place internal policies and procedures to manage the concerns while signposting to external support organisations.

What ACT can offer

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

In addition, we’re asking organisations to commit to focusing on and improving their cultures through the #SaferCultureSaferSport campaign. We’ve developed a range of tools to help you do this. Head to our online Safer Culture hub to learn more.

For more information visit

March 2022

Safer Dance - Supporting the Conversation

Published July 2021

"Safer Dance - Supporting the conversation" is a resource for Safeguarding Leads across all sectors to increase understanding of the particular safeguarding issues which relate to dance in out-of-school settings. This will be most useful for those who run dance schools and those who work with or support children who attend such schools

We hope that you find the document useful in your practice and as an aid to discussions about safeguarding in dance with others. Please be aware that to someone new to safeguarding, reading this document ‘cold’ without a briefing or discussion of some of the concepts, could prove shocking to the reader, as the content will encourage the mind to travel to difficult places. This document would most usefully help form the basis for several conversations in which the focus of the conversation is one element or area of consideration that is covered in the document. The complete document itself could then be a useful aide memoire and/or further resource.

If you have any questions, concerns or wish to feedback, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Safer Dance - Supporting the Conversation.pdf

Keeping children safe in out-of-school settings

New Department for Education guidance intended for dance schools and their parents:

We highly recommend all dance schools engage with this guidance designed to ensure the children you teach are safe.

The Dance School Safeguarding Working Group aims to produce supplementary documents for the dance school sector.