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Keeping Children Safe - Supplementary Education


Supplementary Education includes all non-statutory provision for children and young people in a setting outside of a mainstream school.

It is not an alternative to mainstream education in your local school but provides extra support in core cirriculum subjects (Maths, English, Science, etc.) and/or languages, faith and culture.

Supplementary education is sometimes called complementary education. In different communities it may include provision such as Saturday or Sunday School, mother tongue classes or homework club.

Within faith contexts it may be the madrassah, children's club or Bible study group.

It may be provided by local faith groups, black or minority ethnic communities or voluntary agencies. It may be delivered in a community or formal setting or in someone's home. Many supplementary schools offer additional activities such as drama, dancing, singing and sports.

There is much exemplary practice within the supplementary education sector, and many providers are aware of the need to have strong safeguarding and child protection procedures in place.

Staff in supplementary schools are often volunteers and those managing them may also do so on a voluntary basis. Putting in place safeguarding and child protection procedures can seem complex and time consuming.

There is help available and most of it is free of charge. Your first point of call is your Local Safeguarding Children Board. They provide advice, training, policies and all the local contact information you need to have displayed at your venue, to keep your pupils and parents informed.

Further information can be found in the leaflet, under the downloads section

Wandsworth Safeguarding Children Board
020 8871 7401