Out-of-school settings play an important role in supporting and supplement mainstream education often enriching children's experiences in the community.
Out-of-school settings can include:
Please read here about the KBSP Education Reference Group. Out-of-school settings and the private, voluntary and independent sectors will be represented to engage and participate in the same capacity as schools.
Whilst as a setting you have a legal duty of care imposed, under the Children Act 1989 the Local Authority has a legal duty to ensure the safety and welfare of children and young people within its borders. For more information please read Unregistered independent schools and out of school settings- Advice (publishing.service.gov.uk).
Given the parallels and similarities of expectations in the non-statutory code of practice and statutory expectations within the education sector, we are currently working on a version of the s.175 Audit for providers to be able to develop best practice in relation to Keeping Children and young people safe in Bristol.
There are a variety of sources of support in the Local Authority and partners that you can access - depending on what your enquiry is, or what kind of provider you are.
Bristol Association for Neighbourhood Day Care (BAND) - provides support for organisations who are registered to provide childcare in the private, voluntary and independent sector.
Early Help Partnership Managers - work within targeted services to enhance and support effective multi-agency partnerships for effective early help and intervention within Bristol's localities.
Keeping Bristol Safe Partnership (KBSP) - local Safeguarding Partnership has statutory duties to keeping children safe, keeping adults safe, and how to protect whole communities.
Safeguarding in Education Team (SET)- support settings with quality assurance around their statutory duties in both developing effective policy and practice. We also provide training for the education workforce.
For support around individual families and case work do consider visiting the Local Safeguarding Services page.
You can join free professional networks to keep up to date with Local and National updates.
Keeping children safe during community activities, after-school clubs and tuition - non-statutory government guidance for providers running out-of-school settings.
Information for providers on keeping children safe in sports clubs and other extra-curricular activities - government promotional materials developed to raise awareness of the different risks and safeguarding issues that can exist within out-of-school-settings.
Emergency planning and response for education, childcare, and children’s social care settings - how to deal with emergencies, including significant public health incidents and severe weather.
For local resources please see the Keeping Bristol Safe Partnership website.
Information for parents choosing an after school club, community activity or tuition - guidance for parents and carers choosing safe out-of-school settings for their children.