Be activity wise – Advice for parents

Hello ,

When we talk about safeguarding, lots of people think about schools being responsible for children whilst they are there.

But the classroom isn’t the only place it’s important to make sure that children are safe and well-cared-for. Children may attend a range of activities outside of school and home.

Safeguarding is everyone’s business. It’s important that parents know of the checks they can make to help keep children safe when taking part.

It’s okay to C.H.E.C.K. with the people leading the activity:

  • Are you confident they are qualified to lead the activity?
  • Do you have a history of leading activities?
  • Do you have experience of working with children and teens?
  • Have you undergone any necessary police checks?
  • Do you have knowledge of your safeguarding responsibilities?

It’s also useful to ask:

  • Do you have a photography/social media policy? (such as getting parental consent before taking any photos, posting on social media etc)
  • Do you have a safeguarding policy?
  • Have you done any safeguarding training?
  • Are you, or any of the adults involved, first aid trained?
  • Are you insured to run this activity?

For more advice, visit your local safeguarding children board website:

or call the First Response Team on: 0800 1313 126 email:
Emergency Duty Service – Out of Hours: 0345 604 2886
National helpline numbers (free of charge)
NSPCC Helpline: 0808 800 5000
Child line: 0800 1111

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Paula James
Community Engagement Officer
Community Messaging