Community, the union for education and early years professionals, has expressed its shock and alarm at allegations of safeguarding failures in after-school clubs reported by BBC News.
Head of Education Policy Martin Hodge said:
“We know that our hard-working members providing this type of valuable service day after day will find these allegations disappointing and shocking.
“The current financial situation means that out-of-school clubs are a real lifeline for many working families, and they must be places when children are safe.
“Safeguarding should always be paramount when working with children, and we continue to call for settings to receive improved safeguarding training and support to ensure incidents like these do not occur.”