This guidance covers changes to after-school clubs, holiday clubs, tuition, community activities and other out-of-school settings for children and young people over the age of 5 during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Many children attend out of schools settings and activities, such as arts, language, music and sports and religion. As part of developing safeguarding practices across Luton a DfE funded project role is now taking place to look at out of school provisions across Luton in which Luton children may attend out of school hours.
This is part of a whole systems approach to ensure that all children are appropriately safeguarded and protected from the risk of harm.
Schools and childcare provisions are regulated under child protection and childcare legislation and are subject to inspection. These legal powers are not the same for out of school settings. Currently a DfE consultation is taking place to propose voluntary methods of regulation for these settings. A link to the proposed guidanance can be found here.
Guidance has been produced by the DfE to advise parents on what to ask to determine how safe the environment is
As part of this project here in Luton we are trying to determine what out of schools settings are in operation and establish the quality of safeguarding practices taking place within these provisions.
When referring to out of schools settings this refers to an institution which provides tuition, training instruction or activities that take place without parents and carers supervision that is not:
The following is a non exhaustive list of what is considered to be an OOSS:
If you have any queries about out of school settings please contact:
Safeguarding in education officer for out of school settings
Telephone: 01582 548997
Training courses are available to out of school settings – such as safeguarding foundation face to face full day and half day refresher courses.
Online safeguarding training can be accessed through the local safeguarding board training unit as long as it is completed within the set time period. Ensure you read the terms and conditions carefully.
Useful safeguarding contact numbers for OOSS settings can be found in documents below.
The NSPCC have updated their resources and information for keeping children safe within the voluntary and community sector. For more information and to access NSPCC's resources, training and policy writing guides, please visit their Voluntary and community groups webpage.