Safeguarding and Child Protection CPD Training

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Start Date - Thu, 27 May 2021

End Date - Thu, 10 Jun 2021

Venue - Online

Style - Workshop

Event dates: 27 May, 3 June, 10 June

In 2020, The Department of Education (DfE) introduced the Code of Practice - ‘Keeping Children Safe during Community Activities, After-School Clubs and Tuition’. The Society believes that this non-statutory guidance for providers in out-of-school settings is an excellent guide for our members, to ensure that children and young adults have the best quality dance experience within schools and communities. 

As a Society we will be guiding our members through this document and offering workshops to educate through the key areas of safeguarding and child protection, health and safety, employing staff and governance. As part of this support, we are also adding materials to the member portal on our website so that you can access resources, reading materials and find further signposts to additional training and development.

Workshop 1

Thursday 27 May
10:00 - 11:00am (BST)

Policy Writing: How to write clear outcomes


This session is designed to support you as an owner and dance teacher to ensure that you are able to demonstrate thorough and robust policies.  Sometimes writing policies can be daunting and overwhelming and whilst a safeguarding policy is essential for practice, it may not be something that we ‘enjoy’ writing. This 1-hour session will guide you through step by step, so that you can feel confident to create a robust safeguarding policy as a mark of good practice for parents and external participants to view. This session will also allow opportunities for you to ask questions and share good practice. 

What you will learn

  • How to ensure that you are prepared for safeguarding with correct policies in place.
  • How to write a policy and what to add to the template. 
  • Relevant legislation to reference.

Workshop 2

Thursday 3 June
10:00 - 11:00 (BST)

Disclosures: How to identify disclosures


This workshop is essential to know how to be equipped for a disclosure within your dance setting. Nobody wants to be in this position but unfortunately when this does happen it is essential that you know how to recognize this, how to act and how to follow procedures in the correct manner. This workshop will equip you with the ability to be able to communicate and support any such disclosure and to feel confident that you have approached this efficiently and effectively for the benefit of all. This session will also allow opportunities for you to ask questions and share good practice.

What you will learn

  • What is a disclosure? Tell/Explain/Describe.
  • What forms can a disclosure take?
  • What are the barriers to disclosure (for Children & Young People, Adults and Professionals)?
  • How to respond / react to a disclosure.

Workshop 3

Thursday 10 June
10:00 - 11:00 (BST)

Internal and External Recording Processes


The individual who observes the concern or receives the disclosure is the one responsible for reporting and recording, as well as needing to know how to respond behaviourally in the moment. In an ideal world this would be the designated lead, but in reality, it could be any adult in the setting. Therefore, this workshop will be of benefit for all dance teachers regardless of your role and will ensure that you know ‘what happens next’ and how to prepare for it. This session will also allow opportunities for you to ask questions and share good practice.

What you will learn

  • External bodies that may be involved.
  • Multi-agency processes.
  • What to expect when referring out externally.
  • Sample templates for recording forms.
  • Sharing with your staff.
  • Relevant case studies and examples.


These workshops have been developed for the Society by experienced safeguarding specialists and dance professionals – Kayleigh Chambers and Victoria Race. These sessions have been designed to support you as dance teachers and educationalists ensuring that you feel confident and well informed with safeguarding and child protection in the community and within schools and dance settings. 

Kayleigh Chambers

Kayleigh has been an ISTD member for almost 20 years, teaching Ballroom, Latin-American, Disco/Freestyle and Rock ‘n’ Roll. Kayleigh was trained as a child and professional by Ann Lister and Louise Inman. As well as teaching for exams and competitions, Kayleigh teaches social dancers, wedding dances, for her Local Authority and several local education settings.  

Aside from dancing, Kayleigh has worked professionally in Child Protection for over 10 years including for Fire & Rescue Services, Education settings, Special Educational Settings and a leading National Children’s charity. She has a degree in Education and Early Childhood Studies and is a qualified project manager.

Victoria Race

Victoria runs Dance School Safeguarding Services, an organisation which was created to empower dance teachers by providing high quality safeguarding training tailored to those teaching in the performing arts industry. Victoria is a specialist safeguarding trainer with extensive experience delivering training for local authorities and on behalf of local safeguarding children’s partnerships. 

Through Dance School Safeguarding Services Victoria has provided training and consultation services for Dance Associations, Professional Dance Companies, Production Companies and over 250 independent freelance dance teachers. In addition Victoria is a dance school owner, Fellow of the International Dance Teachers Association and teacher of the new Rambert Creative Contemporary Dance Grades, with 20 years dance teaching experience. She has a BA hons degree in dance, MEd.dip in Dance Education (from the Royal Academy of Dance) and a PGCE which she has used over the years to develop an exciting variety of teaching experiences.

Pricing & More information

Members: £10 each or £15 for all three courses
Non-members: £15 each

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