Accountability and transparency
As a registered charity that exists to support children, we need and want to be as accountable and transparent as possible in the way that we operate as an organisation. From our legal obligations as a charity to our data policies and safeguarding work, you'll find everything you need on this page. If there's anything not covered here that you'd like to know more about, just get in touch.
Children’s University Trust is committed to ensuring the safety of staff, Trustees, partners and participants. We are naturally incredibly concerned by coronavirus (COVID-19) and are working within current guidelines and following best practice to limit its impact.
As part of the validation process on Children’s University Online, all learning providers acknowledge that matters of Health and Safety, Public Liability, GDPR and Safeguarding remain their responsibility and that they are expected to operate to their statutory requirements in these areas. Covid-safety is part of this. Given that this is a new and ever-changing area for all of us, we want to make sure all of our partners are aware of the latest advice and guidance. You may find the following useful:
UK Government advice
All UK Government Covid advice - You’ll find the latest Government guidance related to Covid-19 in all settings and aspects of life here
UK Government guidance for early years - This is the full Government guidance for early years and childcare providers
UK Government guidance for out-of-school settings - This is the full guidance on protective measures for holiday and after-school clubs, and other out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This applies to schools, colleges and providers registered with Ofsted. If you run activities not in these settings, refer to the NYA guidance below
UK Government guidance for the performing arts - This is the full government guidance for those working in the performing arts. This guidance includes advise for non-professional performing arts activity, including choirs, orchestras or drama groups.
Create a venue QR code on gov.uk - As of September 24th 2020 all public venues, including youth sector venues, need to display a coronavirus QR code in line with the NHS Test and Trace app. This is the official government page outlining the requirements and guidance on how to do this.
National Youth Agency (NYA) guidance
The NYA is the Professional Statutory and Regulatory Body for youth work in England. In consultation with Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive, the NYA has developed youth sector specific advice and guidance.
From March 29th the sector moves to Step 1B
Under the Red Readiness Level, only the following are permitted:
- Online and digital youth services
- Detached/outdoor local youth services
- 1-2-1 sessions with vulnerable young people (indoors)
- Support groups indoors are permitted for vulnerable young people, max 15 per group + workers/leaders
The following guidelines are available:
Full NYA guidance - This is the NYA’s full guidance on managing youth sector activities and spaces (now on v.5)
A video from the NYA introducing Covid-19 guidelines - This introduction video explains the Youth Sector Readiness Framework and the guidance available
A webinar from the NYA - This is a recording of a webinar for those working in the youth sector from 1st March, 2021. This clarifies explicitly how the Roadmap and readiness framework impacts on youth activities
If you’re a school and need to complete a Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) in regard to your use of Children’s University Online, you can download a template DPIA with ready-populated information here. Simply insert the name of your school and the name of the Local Children’s University that you work with where highlighted. This template follows the structure and guidance of the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) here and has been reviewed by an independent data protection consultant.
If you have any further questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Safeguarding children is something Children's University takes very seriously. You can read more here:
Children's University Trust is the charity at the heart of the Children’s University network. As a charity, Children's University Trust is accountable to the Charity Commission and our accounts and governance details are publicly available to view and download.