If you have any concerns about the safety of a child, young person or adult you should report your concerns to your local authority safeguarding team /  Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) or to the police.

 If you report a concern to the IDTA we will record the report and notify our Safeguarding Consultant, who will inform the appropriate safeguarding team / LADO for review and investigation.

 The IDTA does not have the authority to investigate allegations of abuse. Investigations are carried out by the LADO and / or police.

For additional advise or information, or to report a concern you can also contact:
NSPCC 0808 800 5000
Crime Stoppers on  0800 555 111
Silverline on  0800 4 70 80 90

The content of this material is not suitable for children. These resources are intended for adults / teacher and the content IS NOT SUITABLE for children and should not be viewed by them.

All concerns about safeguarding are taken very seriously by the IDTA and concerns we receive will be shared with the appropriate authorities. If a concern is raised anonymously and we do not have a complainant we can contact or the details of the individual who has experienced harm it can be hard for the IDTA or even the Local Authority / Police to take action. We would urge therefore that if you contact us with a safeguarding/ child protection concern where possible you share your details with us so we are able to address the issues you raise. This can be done confidentially and further information about this can be found within the IDTA’s guidance in relation to the public Interest Disclosure Act (whistleblowing).

Click here for a printable Safeguarding Concern Report Form 


IDTA Procedures

IDTA procedure regarding allegations – children and young people

IDTA procedural statement regarding allegations against IDTA members or IDTA staff regarding adults

Safeguarding Adults IDTA Policy

Safeguarding Children IDTA Policy


Policy and Procedures for dance teachers

Safeguarding fact sheet

Safeguarding Children template

Safeguarding Adults template

IDTA Scotland Safeguarding Template

Social media and online safety policy template

UK countries document

Basic safeguarding checklist of requirements for dance schools

Safeguarding video for IDTA members:

Please follow this link to the members area of the IDTA website to view a video produced by the IDTA’s Safeguarding Consultant, providing guidance to IDTA members.


Guidance is updated regularly. Please always check your government website to make sure you have the most up to date safeguarding guidance.

Guidance for Scotland,so%20that%20they%20can%20realise%20their%20full%20potential.


Guidance for England–2


Guidance for Northern Ireland


Guidance for Wales


International Guidance

Please see the UNICEF summary document: UNCRC_summary-1_1


Useful links and documents


Department of Education: Keeping Children Safe during community activity, after school clubs and tuition – Published 21 October 2020

DOWNLOAD PDF: 6.6903_DFE_OOSS_Code_of_practice_document


Department of Education: Keeping Children Safe in Education 2020



Keeping Children Safe during community activities, after school clubs and tuition – guidance for providers running out of school settings  – voluntary code of conduct

The document offers clear guidance and advice for any one running an out of school activity including dance classes


What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused

Free NSPCC webinar about sexual offending that is really simple to follow and really powerful in terms of understanding the issues specific to sport / dance/ competitive activity in general.

The content of this material is not suitable for children. These resources are intended for adults / teacher and the content IS NOT SUITABLE for children and should not be viewed by them.

Please log in to the IDTA Members’ Area and go to our safeguarding section for the link and document.


NSPCC:Safeguarding in the performing arts

The NSPCC has an article on their website offering advice on keeping children safe in music, drama, dance, television and theatre:


NSPCC offer online safeguarding training


Child Licences – BOPA

Teachers should contact their local Council for information on the regulations and licenses required for children working in shows, film and TV.

Licences Basic Guidance Sheet

Chaperone Licences Article