Safeguarding children and child protection

Advice for parents

Clubs, classes, tutorial sessions and other out of school activities offer great ways for children and young people to develop their skills and confidence while having fun.

However, with so many stories in the media about inappropriate behaviour, abuse and exploitation, how can you be certain that your kids will be happy and protected?

Ask the right questions

Please don’t simply assume that the provision will be safe - you need to ask the right questions.

High-quality clubs and organisations will always welcome questions about their activities, the safety of their environment and the care of your child.

Here’s a list of important safety questions to ask so you can get an insight into the safeguards the provider has in place. 

  • Can I stay to observe the sessions?
  • Can I read your policy on safeguarding children?
  • Can I read your health and safety policy?
  • What emergency procedures do you have in place?
  • Can I have a copy of your code of conduct for staff, volunteers and for children?
  • Are all staff trained in safeguarding and first aid?
  • Who do I speak to if I have any concerns?
  • Do you have a child safeguarding page on your website or a leaflet or information sheet that I can read?
  • Where do I go for help and advice?

Why it's important to ask questions

Some things are too important to rely on trust.

It's important to ask questions because there is no regulation around certain types of activities with children. Even people who have committed criminal offences can legally continue to work in some roles, for example as a children’s entertainer or private tutor.

Remember: you have the right to check that the club or activity that your child attends is safe and secure.