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EMD UK wants everyone to have a positive, safe and enjoyable experience when taking part in any group exercise activities. We also strive to ensure that all staff, teachers, instructors and volunteers are clear on what is expected of them and that best practice is central to all activities.

Our priority is to ensure that the delivery of all group exercise activities is done in a safe and protective manner that promotes the welfare of all children and young people and protects them from harm.

Safeguarding in group exercise must have three key elements:

  1. The creation of a culture/environment in which children are valued and their right to be safe is upheld
  2. The management of risk to minimise circumstances where children involved in activities may suffer harm
  3. Working together with other organisations that have a responsibility to safeguard and protect children.

EMD UK also wants to ensure that adults are protected whilst exercising. EMD UK has developed their Adult Safeguarding Policy so that all involved know what processes and procedures to follow and who they can contact for help if they have any safeguarding concerns. You can download the policy below.

This policy and procedure covers the safeguarding of adults at risk. Safeguarding of children and young people is the focus of a separate EMD UK policy.

EMD UK is committed to creating and maintaining a safe and positive environment for all adults and accepts our specific responsibility to have procedures in place to protect adults at risk of harm or abuse.

Further information is available from the Ann Craft Trust here.

If you have a concern about an adult at risk, please contact the EMD UK Safeguarding Officer on 01403 266000 or  emma@emduk.org

You can also contact your local authority or the police if you have urgent concerns.

Policies and procedures

The EMD UK Safeguarding and Protecting Children Policy was formally reviewed in 2016. If you any feedback on the policy or would like to request a hard copy, please get in touch with our safeguarding team. The EMD UK Safeguarding Adults Policy is also available as a hard copy.

Instructors, volunteers and organisations

Whether you are a teacher yourself, volunteer or run an organisation that offers group exercise or dance classes to children and young people, here you will find up-to-date guidance, advice and resources with regards to the many elements of safeguarding and protecting children.

Young people’s portal

Young exercisers, movers and dancers! We’re handing this section of our website over to you…it’s yours! Get lots of info and resources to help keep you happy during your sessions.

Parents and guardians

We want to ensure you, as a parent, have confidence in the safety of the environment the teacher creates for your child or young person. To help you feel more at ease, we have sourced and created various guidance documents available here.