Our commitment to safeguarding

We want to ensure that all young people at Code Club can develop their digital skills in a fun and safe environment. Code Club is committed to following best practices when it comes to safeguarding, and we do all we can to make sure that club organisers and volunteers know how to protect themselves and the children they work with.

As part of starting a Code Club, we ask that all club organisers and volunteers obtain any necessary background check needed to work with young people in their country.

At Code Clubs in schools, volunteers should always be supervised by school staff during the sessions.


How to report a safeguarding concern

A safeguarding concern is anything that makes you think twice about a child’s safety or welfare.

If you have a safeguarding concern, you should first raise it with the the staff managing your club venue. All safeguarding concerns identified as a result of participating in a Code Club should also be reported directly to the Code Club team using our safeguarding report form.

You can also contact us on [email protected] or if you have an urgent concern, call our free safeguarding number +44 (0)800 1337 112 which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Safeguarding policy

Our commitment to following best practices that promote the welfare of all children, young people, and vulnerable adults is set out in our safeguarding policy.

Read the safeguarding policy

Guidelines

We’ve put together some easy-to-follow guidelines for keeping young people safe for all our volunteers and club organisers. You can also check out our video Keeping children safe, which sums up the key information you need to know about safeguarding.



How to get a background check

Before starting a Code Club, volunteers and club organisers must complete any necessary local background checks specified by law in the club’s region.

Not sure what background check you need or how to get it? Check out our guide: How to apply for a background check