After-school clubs, community activities and tuition: safeguarding guidance for providers

Safeguarding guidance for providers of activities, after-school clubs, tuition and other out-of-school settings.

Applies to England



This guidance covers advice on what policies and procedures providers should have in place for:

  • health and safety
  • safeguarding and child protection
  • staff suitability
  • governance

It covers out-of-school settings such as:

  • 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


Published 21 October 2020
Last updated 19 September 2023 + show all updates
  1. We have updated the safeguarding guidance for providers of after-school clubs, community activities and tuition. These updates reflect the guidance on keeping children safe in education and new legislation such as positions of trust, as well as findings from the out-of-school settings multi-agency pilot scheme, which have been made in collaboration with representatives from the sector and safeguarding partners. We have also added links to download a guide, leaflets and posters.

  2. Updated to remove guidance about coronavirus (COVID-19).

  3. Updated information on DBS checks for self-employed providers.

  4. First published.