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Keeping children safe in out-of-school settings: code of practice

Last updated by on Tuesday, January 11, 2022


The Department for Education (DfE) has published a voluntary code of safeguarding practice for keep children safe during community activities. 


Along with the Code of Practice, DfE has also published guidance for parents and carers choose a safe OOSS for their children. Parents guidance available here: Keeping children safe in out-of-school settings – GOV.UK (


The guidance for parents and carers is intended to help parents choose a safer setting for their child.


The guidance covers:

  • community activities
  • after-school clubs
  • supplementary schools
  • tuition
  • music lessons
  • sports training
  • other activities for children that take place without their parents’ or carers’ supervision, that are not a:
    • school
    • college
    • 16 to 19 college
    • provider caring for children under 8 years old registered with Ofsted or a childminder agency


The ESCB also has a guide to choosing clubs and groups.