Using after-school clubs, tuition and community activities

Out of school provision is an important aspect of many young person's social development where they can engage in interests and associate with peers away from school and home settings in shared activities and pursuit common interests gaining confidence in their social and communication skills.

Ensuring young people are as safe as possible is important not only within education and at home but also when out and about in extra-curricular groups and activities. For parents and carers of developing young people who are looking to join clubs or may be involved in clubs and groups it is important to have the most appropriate advice to help make an informed choice in order to help young person make the most of their leisure time safely.

This DfE guidance is for parents and carers. It explains what school and activities clubs, tutors and coaches should be doing to provide a safe environment for the children that attend their setting. This includes:

  • community activities - for example, youth clubs
  • before- and after-school clubs
  • holiday clubs
  • supplementary schools - for example, language, cultural and religious
  • private tuition
  • music lessons
  • sports training and coaching

A typical provider may be:

  • a tutor who works alone from their home
  • a coach who runs training sessions in a sports field for children
  • a club with volunteers or paid staff members

These are sometimes referred to as out-of-school settings.

Page last reviewed: 14/02/2024

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