At this time of year, lots of parents will be thinking about sending their children to summer activitity days and holidays clubs, sports events and other activities.
This is a brilliant way to broaden their horizons and give them access to some new experiences, but it’s worth making sure that the places you send them are safe – there us some excellent guidance from the DfE, which you can find on this link.
Some of the questions you might wish to ask of such settings are:
• Have staff and volunteers undertaken DBS checks? How recent were
• the checks?
• Will any adults besides the instructor be present at the venue while my child is there? If so, will they be there on a regular basis?
• What training have staff had?
• May I have a copy of your child protection policy?
• Who is your designated safeguarding lead (DSL) and what training
• have they had? How recent was this training?
• My child has Special Educational Needs and / or a disability (SEND). What steps will you take to accommodate this?
• My child needs help with: using the toilet; changing; feeding; their medication, etc. How will these personal care needs be addressed?
• How are you securely storing the information you hold on my child? Who has access to it and are you giving it to anyone else?
• Is my child allowed to access the internet unsupervised?
• Do you have filtering and monitoring systems in place? What are they?