DfE safeguarding consultation

The Department for Education (DfE) are seeking your views on a draft, voluntary safeguarding code of practice for out-of-school settings (OOSS) providers and associated parental guidance.

The code of practice is intended to be a supportive resource for out-of-school settings providers. It sets out best safeguarding practice, empowering those settings already doing a good job to continue providing our children with valuable learning opportunities, whilst addressing concerns about settings which are not appropriately safeguarding and promoting our children’s welfare.

The accompanying guidance for parents and carers is intended to be an aide to help parents and carers make more informed and confident choices when choosing out-of-school settings for their children. It lists questions parents and carers may wish to ask a provider, such as whether staff have undertaken DBS checks, and examples of good answers they should expect to hear back.

When referring to OOSS, the DfE mean any institution which provides tuition, training, instruction, or activities to children in England without their parents’ or carers’ supervision.

This may include, but not limited to:

  • Tuition or learning centres that offer examination support or additional lessons in key subjects such as English or Maths
  • Extracurricular clubs or settings, e.g. sports clubs, music tuition or drama classes
  • Uniformed youth organisations, e.g. the Scouts and Guides;
  • Open access providers for children and young people, e.g. centre-based and detached youth work, adventure playgrounds
  • Private language schools, including those for children coming from abroad;
  • Religious settings which offer education in their own faith, e.g., Hindu OOSS, Sikh OOSS, Christian Sunday schools, etc.

This consultation is for any:

  • Out-of-school settings providers
  • Parents
  • Staff and volunteers working in out-of-school settings
  • Accreditation bodies
  • Local authorities
  • Schools
  • Young people
  • Charities
  • Any other interested organisations and individuals

The consultation opened on the 2nd December 2018 and closes on 24th February 2019.

If you would like to contribute to this consultation, further information and relevant documents can be found on the DfE’s website.

The consultation documents and online questionnaire can be found here. You can also download safeguarding questions for parents and carers draft guidance.