The Department for Education have opened a consultation on a voluntary safeguarding code of practice of out-of-school settings.  The guidance is a good step-forward and long overdue. The lessons from child abuse in organised activities have clearly shown the risks to children and how vigilant organisations need to be. Evidence show that safeguarding in out-of-school settings has improved, but there is a continuing complacency in some places

The DfE identify the following as a non-exhaustive list out-of-school settings

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 are sometimes 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, e.g. Jewish yeshivas and chedarim, Muslim madrassahs, Hindu OOSS, Sikh OOSS, Christian Sunday schools, etc.

The consultation documents and online questionnaire can be found here: The consultation closes on Sunday 24th February 2019