What is Safeguarding?

Safeguarding is a term used to denote measures to protect the health, well-being and human rights of individuals, which allow people — especially children, young people and vulnerable adults — to live free from abuse, harm and neglect.
It is the duty of all teachers (in our case we train those in the performing arts and fitness industries) to safeguard their pupils and undergo effective safeguarding training every 2-3 years.

A Statutory Duty

Safeguarding Children

All those in contact with children and families have a duty to safeguard and promote children’s welfare under the following laws: Children Act 1989, Education Act 2002, Children Act 2004.

Safeguarding Adults

“Safeguarding means protecting an adult’s right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect. It is about people and organisations working together to prevent and stop both the risks and experience of abuse or neglect, while at the same time making sure that the adults well-being is promoted, where appropriate, having regard for their views, wishes, feelings and beliefs in deciding on any action”

- 14.7 Department for Health Care and Support Statutory guidance, issued under the Care Act 2014

For more information see: Care Act 2014, Care and Support Statutory Guidance 2014, Human Rights Act.

Safeguarding Excellence

Dance School Safeguarding Services supports performing arts teachers, acrobatics coaches, freelance teachers, fitness instructors, private dance schools and colleges, studio owners and dance associations.

We provide high quality safeguarding training tailored to those teaching in the performing arts industry.

When choosing a dance school the most important thing to any parent or carer is that their child will be supported, happy and safe. 

Good safeguarding practice is the cornerstone of building a thriving, healthy, confident school where everyone is able to reach their full potential.


Our Owner and Director is Victoria. For the last decade she has worked as a Specialist Safeguarding Trainer for her local authority and on behalf of her local safeguarding children board.


She has trained teachers, social workers, police officers, early years practitioners, charity and voluntary sector workers, care home staff and health professionals in safeguarding.


She is also a dance school owner and qualified dance teacher who is keen to support her fellow teachers by providing the high level of training and consultancy our role requires.

Victoria is the Consultant Safeguarding Officer for the International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA).

FIDTA, RAD RTS, BA Hons, M.Ed.dip, PGCE 

I would highly recommend Vicky and her Dance School Safeguarding course. The course was fascinating and really easy to follow. Vicky clearly knows her stuff and adapts the information to the people on the course so it's relevant for everyone.
- India, Beverley

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Dance School Safeguarding Services is here to support and advise you. We want you to have a safe and successful business and can offer training, support and consultation across a range of safeguarding and health and safety issues to help you develop best practice in your school. We believe in education and empowerment and want to give you the skills to make the best decisions for your business, but that is all we do; we guide and advise, we can not take responsibility for your business or your decisions.

Proud to be the Designated Safeguarding Lead for the IDTA