I have recently had to report a case of grooming to social services and I am very concerned that our profession as private music teachers continues to remain unregulated. For obvious reasons, I can't go into details, but the young person concerned is being groomed by a young music "teacher" who has no formal qualifications or training and has a suspected history of previous abuse (having changed their name after the previous incident).
I teach the young person about whom I am concerned, but it was their friend's mother who reported serious concerns to me. Fortunately I work in school as well as at home, so I've had plenty of safeguarding training as well as background checks, and therefore took the necessary actions after consultation with a couple of colleagues.
Why is it that in this day and age of tighter and tighter child protection regulations that anyone can set up as a private teacher without any background checks? Children can be taken into their homes and left there without supervision, thus being placed in a very vulnerable situation.
Fortunately social services took the concerns seriously and are investigating, but they too seemed unaware (and rather shocked) that our profession is unregulated. I am prepared to take this further and will be contacting my local MP about it (whoever it may be in a couple of weeks!) as I feel there is a massive safeguarding loophole here. Of course, it doesn't just apply to private music teachers, but to any private tutor.