drdance Posted August 17, 2016 Share Posted August 17, 2016 I'm starting this thread as an offshoot of the previous discussion regarding unsafe practices that some parents have witnessed in their dance schools. Off the back of this some of us have suggested trying to do something to raise awareness among parents (signs to watch out for, and letting people know dancers don't need to be belittled, yelled at or pushed to tears in order to be successful) or to campaign for the registered bodies to do more to check that their members are aware of safeguarding legislation, and what sorts of teaching behaviours make children feel unsafe. Annual safeguarding training is compulsory for state school teachers - I would like to put it to the examining bodies that all dance teachers (who wish to enter students for examinations) be required to complete some safeguarding training every year in order to retain their membership. For those who don't know much about me, I am a first and foremost a teacher, of both dance and science, with a lot of education in sports/dance science and medicine (and a fair number of peer-reviewed research papers to my name), who is passionate about making dance training safer, happier and more effective. There are a growing number of people who work with professional dancers to look after their needs, and a few who look after the vocational level dancers but there are thousands and thousands of young people training as dancers, competing in festivals and shows, trying to get into vocational schools and colleges who deserve to be trained safely and effectively to prepare them for a long, happy and healthy career in dance. This is my passion. I am NOT a professional campaigner or marketer - everything I've done so far with MIDAS has been guesswork! I'm sure there are people who are experts in raising awareness of a cause so if you have any experience in this kind of thing or you have ideas, or you just want to be involved then join the discussion. NB This is NOT a naming and shaming effort. In no way should any individual teachers or schools be named or accused of anything - if you do wish to make a disclosure and you have evidence, then go to the NSPCC website or your council, for the appropriate authorities (we are in the process of establishing who they are,if they even exist, for dance specifically). 11 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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