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Safeguarding and Child Protection

Child protection is an area that every music teacher needs to know about.

Here you can find information about how to access training as well as advice about what the safeguarding requirements are in England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.


The MU recommends that members who teach are up-to-date with the legislation regarding safeguarding children.

Members can access Child Protection in Education (Music), a bespoke online course developed by Educare.

It provides musicians with a better understanding of their responsibilities and how they can avoid situations which could lead to accusations of misconduct. There is a small cost to the course, which covers:

  • Module One: Child Development.
  • Module Two: Forms of child abuse.
  • Module Three: Recognising child abuse.
  • Module Four: Reporting abuse and the child protection system.
  • Module Five: Good Practice.

Read more detailed information about this course and sign up.

A series of videos created as part of this online course can be viewed on YouTube.

Safeguarding requirements

MU Code of Practice

Our Code of Practice is here to guide you through what you need to be able to do and the core principles music teachers and Union members should uphold.

  • Be well prepared and organised
  • Be safe and responsible
  • Have appropriate musical skills
  • Work well with people
  • Evaluate and reflect on your work
  • Commit to professional development

Teachers' Toolkit

Code of Practice (PDF 353.45 bytes file opens in new window)

Child protection and safeguarding (PDF 426.68 bytes file opens in new window)