Out-of-school settings: voluntary safeguarding code of practice

The Department for Education is seeking views on a draft voluntary safeguarding code of practice for out-of-school settings providers, and associated parental guidance.

Around 250,000 children are thought to be attending up to 5,000 religious supplementary schools in England and despite serious safeguarding concerns, no system for registering and inspecting such schools exists.

In 2016, in an attempt to reduce the risk of children and young people being exposed to harm, the government set out proposals to regulate 'out of school educational settings'. Under the plans, any settings providing 'intensive' tuition, training or instruction to children outside of school would be required to register and be subject to risk-based inspections. Following opposition from religious groups, these plans were shelved and the government committed to bringing out a voluntary 'best practice' guide for supplementary schools.

Sun, 24 Feb 2019 23:45