To ensure a safe environment for dance students, Ausdance will soon publish a studio policy pack, containing best-practice recommendations and sample policies to assist teachers and studios to meet their legal, ethical and moral obligations.
Ausdance National President Shane Colquhoun said: ‘Children have a fundamental right to be safe from any form of abuse while involved in dance, sport or any other activities—it is a moral obligation and a legal requirement. Child protection requires a commitment from everyone, including individuals teaching or leading dance and movement activities.’
This new publication will provide teachers, students and parents with up-to-date information and guidance about child protection, and will include advice about choosing a dance studio.
Ausdance continues to compile and distribute information and guidelines about dance training, focusing particularly on issues of quality and safety. The Australian Guidelines for Teaching Dance suggest minimum standards for dance teaching and codes of ethics for dance teachers and parents.
We welcome your thoughts and feedback on these resources and the broader discussion on dance for young people. Please join the discussion and leave your thoughts below or contact us directly.
If you would like to be notified when the new dance policy pack is available please send us an email. In the meantime, here is our recently updated Child protection fact sheet.