Out-of-school settings voluntary safeguarding code of practice

Closed 24 Feb 2019

Opened 2 Dec 2018


We are seeking views on a draft voluntary safeguarding code of practice for out-of-school settings providers, and associated parental guidance.

Why your views matter

The Department for Education is consulting to inform the development and dissemination of a draft voluntary safeguarding code of practice for out-of-school settings (OOSS); and accompanying guidance for parents setting out the key questions they may wish to consider when choosing an out-of-school setting for their child.

When referring to OOSS, we mean any institution which provides tuition, training, instruction, or activities to children in England without their parents’ or carers’ supervision, that is not a:

  • School;
  • College;
  • 16-19 academy;
  • Provider caring for children under 8 years old which is registered with Ofsted or a childminder agency.


  • Teachers
  • Headteachers
  • Governors
  • School support staff
  • Early learning and childcare providers
  • Training providers
  • Local authorities
  • Further education colleges
  • Sixth form colleges
  • Independent specialist colleges
  • Designated institutions and 16-19 academies
  • 16-18 year old students resident at these institutions
  • Designated safeguarding leads
  • Virtual school heads
  • SENCOs
  • Pupils
  • Young people
  • Parents
  • Foster carers
  • Adoptive parents
  • Employers
  • Community representatives
  • Volunteers
  • Social workers
  • Unions and representative organisations
  • Government bodies and departments
  • Those involved in underlying theoretical research on abuse and neglect, child development etc
  • Social workers
  • Directors of children's services


  • Education
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Keeping children safe in education and other settings
  • Preventing neglect, abuse and exploitation
  • Safeguarding disabled children
  • Social workers' standards