For many parents the summer can be a time when they book their children into summer camps, activity days and out of school child-care settings (OOSS). Following consultation the Government has published draft guidance as to appropriate questions to ask the people they intend to leave their children with.
In addition to the questions to ask, the draft guidance for parents sets out some ‘red flags’ that the might prompt parents to send their children to a ‘different setting’. The red flags are:
- Staff are not DBS checked
- No child protection policy
- Signs of abuse on other children who attend the setting, for example, unexplained bruises
- Provider unable to name a designated safeguarding lead
- The designated safeguarding lead has not had relevant training
- If the OOSS allows children access to the internet, no filtering or monitoring systems in place
- Dangerous physical environment e.g. loose wires, damp, no fire escape, no first aid kit
- No designated first aider
- No parental consent form or requirement for emergency contact details
- Other adults coming into the out-of-school setting who are not staff members / a lack of clarity on the roles of different adults in the setting
- No health and safety policy
- No fire escape plan
You can download the full document here.