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Dancers, dance teachers, leaders and facilitators are subject to a range of legal issues, depending on the nature and location of their work.

The following information has been compiled by People Dancing for the benefit of and to help members of the dance community gain a better understanding of their legal obligations. The pages have been specifically designed to support the learning of DDTAL candidates.


Reasonable precautions have been taken to ensure the information held on this website is accurate. Information is checked for accuracy and completeness, and updated from time to time. However, it is not intended to be legally comprehensive; it is designed to provide guidance in good faith at the stated date but without accepting liability.

Users must be aware that whilst an Act or Regulation may still be in force, parts may have been superseded by later legislation or completely withdrawn. You should seek independent legal advice if you require verified up-to-date information in relation to your own individual circumstances.

People Dancing acknowledge the support of Trinity College London in the development of the legal compliance webpages. More information about Trinity College London can be found at

Date Posted: 14 March 2019
All public and private organisations are legally obliged to protection personal information that they hold about people.
Date Posted: 13 March 2019
This Act gives the creators of literary, dramatic, artistic and musical work the right to control the ways in which their products can be used.
Date Posted: 15 August 2016
In 2010 the UK Government revised the existing legislation on equality of opportunity. The 2010 Act identifies nine ‘protected characteristics’.
Date Posted: 14 August 2016
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child was ratified by the UK government in 1991. The Convention influenced the development of a number of UK Acts, including the development of the Human Rights Act (1998), Protection of Children Act (1999) and the Criminal Justice and Courts Act (2000), and supports other legislation, such as the Children and Young Peron’s Act (which safeguards young people working as professional entertainers or artists).
Date Posted: 13 August 2016
The SVGA (2006) Act was passed to help avoid harm, or risk of harm, by preventing people who are deemed unsuitable to work with vulnerable adults or children gaining access to them through their work.
Date Posted: 12 August 2016
Chapter 1 of Part 5 amended the SGVA 2006, retaining the national barring function which prohibits unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups whilst abolishing registration and monitoring requirements.
Date Posted: 11 August 2016
The Education Act (2002) was created in response to the UK’s adoption of the Human Rights Act. The Act introduced the requirement of safeguarding children and young people from abuse or neglect. It sets out the roles and responsibilities of teachers and those with delegated responsibility for child protection. It requires anyone working with children and young people to share information or concerns in relation to a child’s safety and wellbeing.
Date Posted: 10 August 2016
The Children Act 2004 Act was drafted in the light of the Victoria Climbié child abuse scandal. The primary aim of the act is to ensure that there is a single, joined-up system for safeguarding children and young people
Date Posted: 09 August 2016
The Children and Young People Act (Scotland) 2014 was passed on 27 March 2014
Date Posted: 07 August 2016
This Act only affects dance practitioners if they are working for a local authority, public body or health-care provider (like a hospital).
Date Posted: 05 August 2016
These Acts were originally introduced to stop the exploitation of children and young people, particularly those involved in the entertainment industry.
Date Posted: 04 August 2016
The Health & Safety at Work Act (HSWA) covers occupational health and safety in Britain.
Date Posted: 04 August 2016
In addition to the Equality Act, the Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination.
Date Posted: 31 July 2016
This info sheet aims to provide an overview of risk assessments for community dance practitioners
Date Posted: 29 July 2016
This Act was created in order to prevent or try to prevent harm to vulnerable people – whether those people are adults or children.
Date Posted: 28 July 2016
This briefing will look at what is meant by ‘risk’ to charities, what a charity needs to do and how it can develop a risk management system
Date Posted: 27 July 2016
This briefing will explain the features of YouTube and why your group may wish to use it
Date Posted: 26 July 2016
This briefing explains the nature of this type of company and considers its advantages and disadvantages in comparison with other organisation types
Date Posted: 25 July 2016
This briefing will explain the principles of using Facebook and the reasons your arts group may wish to do so
Date Posted: 24 July 2016
This information sheet offers some practical tips on how to welcome speakers of different languages to your voluntary arts group
Date Posted: 23 July 2016
This briefing includes a simple checklist, which we think covers the most important issues surrounding disability for arts events
Date Posted: 22 July 2016
This briefing looks at some alternatives to standard software, and some other tools that you might find useful
Date Posted: 21 July 2016
This briefing sheet will explain how to plan a marketing campaign to get the most out of the money you spend promoting your activities
Date Posted: 20 July 2016
This briefing gives you an overview of the various ways you can measure the quality and impact of your activities, explains who might be interested in hearing about them, and provides guidance on how you can communicate this in ways they will understand.
Date Posted: 19 July 2016
Knowing and managing the flow and movement of cash is something that every organisation should be doing, regardless of size
Date Posted: 18 July 2016
This briefing looks at ways you can plan for what happens if your prevention methods have failed, for whatever reason, or if something comes along that you couldn’t possibly have foreseen
Date Posted: 17 July 2016
This briefing gives a basic introduction to the concept of social enterprise, offers examples of how it can work for you in an arts environment
Date Posted: 16 July 2016
If you work alone on a regular basis, it is vital that you assess any risks with your line manager and identify any measures needed to ensure your personal safety.
Date Posted: 15 July 2016
This briefing looks at the benefits of the CSR agenda for voluntary arts groups, and gives advice on how to sell the opportunities they have to offer to businesses of all sizes
Date Posted: 14 July 2016
This briefing will explain your rights as a copyright owner, along with your responsibilities when using the copyright material of others
Date Posted: 13 July 2016
This briefing describes how to go about managing health and safety in accordance with the rules and regulations, and how to go about putting a health and safety policy together
Date Posted: 12 July 2016
This briefing looks at effective ways to monitor your work, evaluate what you do, and share results...
Date Posted: 11 July 2016
Community media enables arts groups to reach out to local people through radio, television and new technology
Date Posted: 10 July 2016
Whatever your art or craft form, this briefing is designed to help you think through the process of hiring a freelance artist or facilitator...

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