Questions to ask an Out of School Setting Click to get info
Here are some questions to consider asking an Out of School Setting:
- Do all the staff and volunteers have a valid Disclosure Barring Service check (DBS)?
- Who has overall responsibility for safeguarding and is there a copy of the organisation’s safeguarding policy?
- Are the premises safe, for example are fire notices displayed?
- Who is responsible for first aid?
- Is there a parental consent and emergency contact form to complete?
- Are the necessary building insurances in place, in date and available on request?
Responsibilities for providers of Out of School Settings
It is the responsibility of all providers of Out of School Settings to safeguard children and young people. Good governance is important to ensure there are clear processes. Some Out-of-School Settings will be registered with the Charities Commission whilst others may have a management committee that supports the running of their setting.
Responsibilities for providers Click to get info
The Children’s Act 2004 places a duty on organisations to safeguard and promote the wellbeing of children, as well as ensuring that all adults who work with children and young people are safe to do so. As Out of Schools Settings includes a wide range of activities and ages the arrangements for keeping children and young people safe will vary. As a minimum standard Out of School Settings should have:
- A safeguarding policy (including online and digital safety)
- Health and safety procedures including insurances and fire safety
- DBS checks for staff and volunteers
- General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance
- A complaints procedure
What to do if you have concerns Click to get info
If you feel that a child or young person is at immediate risk of harm please call the police on 999 who can provide an immediate response. Alternatively, you can contact your local police on 101 at any time.
If you don’t believe the risk requires immediate action, contact the Waltham Forest Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) team to discuss your concerns:
- Tel: 020 8496 2310 (Monday to Thursday 9am-5.15pm, Friday 9am-5pm)
- Tel: 020 8496 3000 (out of hours)
- Email: email@example.com
Useful information Click to get info
- Safer Internet guidance
- Thinkuknow (CEOP/police) resource library
- NSPCC online safety policy statement
- Thoughts about use of social media (NSPCC)
- Online Safety policy (London Grid for Learning or LGfL)
- Acceptable use policy (LGfL)
- Teaching Online Safety in Schools
- Resource area from the NSPCC for out of school settings
- NSPCC safeguarding standards
- NCVO guidance for developing policies and procedures in voluntary sector
- Consulted on but still draft guidance from DFE: