What to expect from a dance school or dance teacher

As a parent or guardian, you need to know that your child is in the hands of a school or teacher that takes their safeguarding responsibilities seriously.

All dance teachers or dance school owners, have a duty of care for children and adults at risk who attend their classes or use their premises. While it is the responsibility of those who teach RAD ballet to ensure that they meet the legal safeguarding requirements, we offer guidance to support them to follow the highest possible standards, with these guidelines.

Our How to choose a dance teacher checklist is there to give a more thorough guide to what to look out for in a teacher or a school, but we advise RAD Registered Teachers put in place three things as a minimum, in accordance with good practice:

1. A well-planned, accessible Safeguarding and Child Protection policy, to be reviewed annually.
2. Annual safeguarding training for themselves, their staff and volunteers.
3. Annual criminal record checks (enhanced disclosure or international equivalent), (or sign up for an update service) for themselves, their staff and volunteers as part of their safer recruitment practice.

Our online Register of Teachers will help you to find a safe and qualified teacher in your area.