Safe clubs for children


About

The Safe Clubs for Children campaign has been launched to support parents with advice and guidance on out of school activities.

Clubs, classes and tutorial sessions offer great ways for children and young people to develop their skills and confidence as well as having fun. But did you know that where you send your child may actually not be regulated? Even people who have committed criminal offences can legally continue to work in roles like children's entertainers or private tutor.

We want to help parents and carers make sure that their children will be happy and protected in after school and extra-curricular clubs and activities within the community.

We want to help parents and carers make sure that their children will be happy and protected in after school and extra-curricular clubs and activities within the community. For more information on regulated childcare you can contact the Family Information Service or search for childcare near you on the website.

If a child is in immediate danger - dial 999.


What questions should parents ask providers?

• Can I observe the session?

• Is there a policy on safeguarding children?

• Are staff trained in safeguarding/first aid?

• Any written code of conduct for staff/volunteers?

• Is there a health and safety policy in place?

• What are the emergency procedures?

• Who do I speak to if I have any concerns?

• Is there any safety information available via website/leaflet?

• Where do I go for help and advice? You can find this on the Family Information Website.

If you are looking for childcare on a more regular basis, rather than one-off activities, here is a helpful childcare visit checklist. You can also search for details of Ofsted registered childcare providers.


Resources for parents and providers

The following information is available providing more details for parents and providers.


What should providers do?

Providers should have the relevant safeguarding procedures in place and be able to answer parent or carers questions regarding their child's safety even if they are not regulated, to help protect themselves and their business.

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


What do I do if I have a concern?

If you are worried about your safety, or the safety of a child it’s important that you tell someone.

If a child is in immediate danger - dial 999.

The links below will take you to information that will tell you who to get in touch with and how.

If you have a concern about a provider, then please report it to us:

Email: LADO@westsussex.gov.uk

Phone: 0330 222 6450

If you are a child or young person and you are worried about yourself or another child contact the Integrated Front Door on 01403 229900 or email them at WSChildrenServices@westsussex.gov.uk

If you are an adult and you are worried about a child or young person you can report a concern about a child.

If you are a professional and you would like to refer a child or young person visit our professionals page.

If you are worried about the safety of an adult, see the Raise a Concern page on the West Sussex Safeguarding Adults Board website.

We would like to thank to Rochdale Borough Council for sharing information and publicity material from their Safe After School Campaign.

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