This is non-statutory guidance from the Department for Education (DfE).
It aims to:
- help providers of out-of-school settings (OOSS) understand best practice for creating a safe environment for children1 in their care
- give parents and carers confidence that their child is in a safe activity or learning environment
The guidance is for organisations or individuals who provide community activities, tuition or after-school clubs for children, also known as out-of-school-settings (OOSS) providers, as well as their staff and volunteers.
Following this guidance is voluntary for settings (aside for the legal requirements which are made clear throughout the guidance) – DfE will not monitor or assess whether providers are implementing the practices set out. By adopting these practices, you will be taking reasonable steps to ensure the safety of children using your services and attending your settings.
To view the guidance visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/keeping-children-safe-in-out-of-school-settings-code-of-practice