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DfE statutory guidance “Working Together to Safeguard Children” applies to all organisations that have work with children. It sets out how to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, and make their approach child-centred.

Suitability of staff and volunteers

Robust procedures must be applied to deter and prevent unsuitable people from working or volunteering in your setting. The guidance provides advice on how to conduct pre-employment checks, seek references, and the importance of Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks

The Disclosure and Barring Service helps employers make safe recruitment decisions by processing and issuing DBS checks for England, Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

DBS also maintains the adults' and children's Barred Lists and makes considered decisions as to whether an individual should be included on one or both of these lists and barred from engaging in regulated activity. You can read more information here

In Scotland, the equivalent service is Disclosure Scotland. Those in Northern Ireland can access this information at AccessNI.


The NSPCC has created guidance on writing a safeguarding policy statement.

You can find a template for a policy statement here

Download an NSPCC leaflet on safeguarding in dance.

Browse sport-related resources and helpful documents in this downloadable library from the NSPCC's Child Protection in Sport Unit. Teachers can download, utilise and edit these resources as appropriate. 

Member discounts


Society members can enjoy a discount on the following NSPCC courses.
Simply enter code ISTD20 at checkout.

An Introduction to Safeguarding and Child Protection

You can watch our three Safeguarding and Child Protection events by logging in to our Member's Area.

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Supporting documents