Questions to ask an Out of School Setting Click to get info
Here are some questions to consider asking an Out of School Setting:
- Do all the staff and volunteers have a valid Disclosure Barring Service check (DBS)?
- Who has overall responsibility for safeguarding and is there a copy of the organisation’s safeguarding policy?
- Are the premises safe, for example are fire notices displayed?
- Who is responsible for first aid?
- Is there a parental consent and emergency contact form to complete?
- Are the necessary building insurances in place, in date and available on request?
Responsibilities for providers of Out of School Settings
It is the responsibility of all providers of Out of School Settings to safeguard children and young people. Good governance is important to ensure there are clear processes. Some Out-of-School Settings will be registered with the Charities Commission whilst others may have a management committee that supports the running of their setting.
Responsibilities for providers Click to get info
The Children’s Act 2004 places a duty on organisations to safeguard and promote the wellbeing of children, as well as ensuring that all adults who work with children and young people are safe to do so. As Out of Schools Settings includes a wide range of activities and ages the arrangements for keeping children and young people safe will vary. As a minimum standard Out of School Settings should have:
- A safeguarding policy (including online and digital safety)
- Health and safety procedures including insurances and fire safety
- DBS checks for staff and volunteers
- General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance
- A complaints procedure
What to do if you have concerns Click to get info
If you feel that a child or young person is at immediate risk of harm please call the police on 999 who can provide an immediate response. Alternatively, you can contact your local police on 101 at any time.
If you don’t believe the risk requires immediate action, contact the Waltham Forest Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) team to discuss your concerns:
- Tel: 020 8496 2310 (Monday to Thursday 9am-5.15pm, Friday 9am-5pm)
- Tel: 020 8496 3000 (out of hours)
- Email: email@example.com
Funding for Organisations working in the community: COVID-19 Click to get info
Immediate funding opportunities for community organisations..unable to upload .doc information as below, many thanks
London Community Response fund now open
London’s funders have been working together to provide a coordinated funding to support groups responding to the needs of the capital's communities. The London Community Response is a result of this collaboration.
To apply you need to be one of the following organisation types:
- Registered charity
- Registered Community Interest Company (CIC)
- Registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO)
- Charitable company (limited by guarantee)
If you are a mutual aid group (i.e. you have come together to respond to the COVID-19 crisis but have not applied for funding before and are not able to hold a grant), you will need to find an organisation in the list above to apply on your behalf.
Details and guidance can be found on the London Community Response fund website.
Community Waltham Forest can provide support with writing your application and feedback on your application before you submit it. Please contact us Chris.firstname.lastname@example.org or Telephone: 020 3893 9793 before you start work on your application if you would like help.
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Useful information Click to get info
- Safer Internet guidance
- Thinkuknow (CEOP/police) resource library
- NSPCC online safety policy statement
- Thoughts about use of social media (NSPCC)
- Online Safety policy (London Grid for Learning or LGfL)
- Acceptable use policy(LGfL)
- Teaching Online Safety in Schools
- Resource area from the NSPCC for out of school settings
- NSPCC safeguarding standards
- NCVO guidance for developing policies and procedures in voluntary sector
Consulted on but still draft guidance from DFE