Out of School Settings

An out of school setting (OoSS), is an organisation or setting which provides tuition, training, instruction or activities to children in England without their parents’ or carers’ supervision.

 

What is an OoSS?

An out of school setting (OoSS), is an organisation or setting which provides tuition, training, instruction or activities to children in England without their parents’ or carers’ supervision. This does not include schools or colleges which are registered by the Department for Education.

Some examples of an OoSS are:

  • Tuition centres and supplementary school is (sometimes called a complementary school)
  • Extracurricular clubs or settings such as ballet or music classes, drama or sports classes
  • Uniformed youth organisations like the Scouts, Guides and Cadet groups
  • Open access youth providers such as centre based and detached youth work
  • Private language school, including those for children coming from abroad
  • Religious settings which offer education in their own faith
  • There may be many other types of OoSS in Bradford District that are not mentioned in the above list.

Bradford Council can offer OoSS

  • Advice and support for providers regarding policies and procedures for safeguarding
  • FREE training in relation to keeping young people safe and advice for staff
  • Advice to parents and carers to help them to make informed decisions when considering using an OoSS
  • Opportunity to gain an accredited quality mark
  • All staff and volunteers can access the DBS ((Disclosure Barring Service) service through Bradford Council

Please email mest@bradford.gov.uk if you would like support and advice for your Out of School Setting or if you have any concerns

Lead Officer Out of School Activities and Safeguarding: Salim Akhtar

Out of School Activities and Safeguarding Officer: TBC

Safeguarding Support for Faith Based Settings

Faith-based groups and places of worship play a major role in the lives of many children and young people in the District. This means safeguarding must be a key consideration in all faith settings.

We look at how to approach safeguarding from within the beliefs, teachings and cultural context of faith communities.

Strengthening Faith Institutions Booklet

Bradford Council in partnership with the Faiths Forum for London and Bradford Council for Mosques have team up together to launch the Strengthening Faith Institutions (SFI) programme.  This is a  pilot scheme that aims to support places of worship in Bradford and district by conducting an organisational ‘health-check’ on areas such as: policy, governance, finance, safeguarding, access, and equality.

Over fifty places of worship will be covered in this pilot phase, starting with an emphasis on self-assessment and working with a consultant to guide each organisation through the health-check and follow-up.

Further support, training and signposting to institutions in order to improve effectiveness and long-term sustainability of places of worship to keep them resilient and safe will be provided by Bradford Council.

This service is provided for any place of worship that could benefit from a robust health-check with a focus on harder to reach and more isolated communities who could use further support with community cohesion.

The NSPCC have produced resource to support faith based groups with Safeguarding, which includes films on safeguarding in different faiths. More information.