In the news: Government consultation on voluntary safeguarding code for out-of-school settings
Schools and colleges are bound by statutory guidance such as Keeping children safe in education to ensure children are safeguarded from harm. However, out-of-school settings do not have to follow any specific code of conduct with regards to health & safety, safeguarding or preventing radicalisation or extremism.
The Department for Education is analysing feedback on responses to their consultation about a voluntary safeguarding code of practice for out-of-school settings (
What is an Out-of-School Setting (
This includes, but is not limited to:
- Tuition or learning centres (which may be used to support
mainstream,or home education) e.g. in term time or holiday courses in key stage 1-4 curriculum; English and mathematics skills; examination preparation (i.e. SATs, GCSE, A Level and 11 plus / school entry exams) etc.
- Extracurricular clubs or settings, e.g. ballet classes, gymnastic training, sports tuition, instrumental music tuition, martial arts training, drama classes, etc
- Uniformed youth organisations, e.g. the Scouts and Guides;
- Open access youth providers, e.g. centre-based and detached youth work;
- Supplementary schools or what
aresometimes called complementary schools, e.g. those offering support or education in addition to the mainstream, or core learning, and which operate after school hours or during the weekend;
- Private language schools, including those for children coming from abroad;
- Religious settings which offer education in their own faith, culture, religious texts, preparation for rites of passage, etc. e.g. Jewish yeshivas and
chedarim, Muslim madrassahs, Hindu OOSS, Sikh OOSS, Christian Sunday schools, etc
What will the voluntary safeguarding code of practice cover?
The code already exists in draft form and can be viewed on the government website. It is designed to help providers understand how they can run safe
It is set out in two parts.
Part 1 outlines as a minimum three broad areas in which the Department for
- Health and safety;
- Child welfare (this includes online and digital safety); and
- Suitability of staff and volunteers.
Part 2 outlines those areas which they recommend
- Governance; and
Each section contains questions that parents and carers might ask
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