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/.
A simple guide to Safer Recruitment in Dance
We have created a simple guide to help you ensure you recruit staff, visitors and volunteers safely. A more detailed guide can be found within the Better Hiring Toolkit, available here.
Updated government guidance for out-of-school settings including dance schools
On 19th September 2023, the DfE published updated guidance, which can be found here. Some posters and resources are attached.
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.
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.This is now on our YouTube Channel or click on the embedded video.
DBS Briefing on Barring
Mini-Guide to DBS for Dance Teachers
Following last year's DBS webinar led by Cathy Taylor (DBS webinar) , we have created a summary with some examples from the world of dance schools to help you interpret the rules
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. This is now on our YouTube Channel or click on the embedded video.
Safeguarding Quick Checklist
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.
DBS Briefing on Barring
We were delighted that Cathy Taylor from the Disclosure and Barring Service gave us a second briefing - this time on Barring. This is now on our YouTube Channel or click on the embedded video.
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. The course can be found here: Free Safeguarding in Sport & Physical Activity Course
DBS Briefing on Eligibility
We were very pleased that Cathy Taylor from the Disclosure and Barring Service joined us for a briefing on eligibility for checks. This is now on our YouTube Channel or click on the embedded video. A second briefing on barring will be on Tuesday 8th November from 1pm to 2:30pm.
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.
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.
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
Display Childline posters
The Ann Craft Trust - advice on safeguarding adults
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.
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.