Learn English in the UK or in your own countryspacerUK courses and qualifications in the UK or in your own countryspacerThe best of British arts, media and designspacerPromoting British expertise in science, engineering, technology, environment and healthspacerGovernance and the rights of peoplespacerLibraries, information centres, seminars,  knowledge networks and the information society
What is the British Council?spacerVisit our worldwide network of officesspacerRead all about our collaborative workspacerFind our services, departments, libraries, personnel, etc.
The British Council home page
English in Britain Accreditation Scheme
  Care of Juniors

The protection of children studying at English language centres in England

  • We strongly suggest that you consider very carefully the responsibility that comes with caring for other people's children and the range of advice on precautionary measures available.
  • The legislation relating to the protection of children was not established with language providers in mind and it is difficult to provide definitive statements on the position of individual providers as regards the law. You should therefore make every effort to familiarise yourself with the relevant legislation and how it affects you. If, by the nature of the services you offer, compliance with the law is mandatory, you may face prosecution if you fail to comply.
  • Whether compliance is mandatory or voluntary for you, if you have not taken reasonable steps to ensure that you are providing a sufficient level of protection for all children under the age of 18 in your care, you may still face prosecution if a case were brought against you.
  • It is not the responsibility of the English in Britain Accreditation Scheme to ensure that you are complying with the law.

    Synopsis of the Department of Health Guide relating to the 1999 Protection of Children Act (PDF 36Kb)
    This synopsis provides some useful definitions of 'childcare organisations' and 'other organisations' referred to in the EiB guidelines. These definitions will help you to decide whether compliance with the law is mandatory or voluntary for you.

    Criminal Justice and Courts Services Act 2000 - regulated positions (PDF 36Kb)
    The selected provisions from this Act give an indication of the range of regulated positions referred to in the legislation.

    Care of Juniors Leaflet (PDF 36Kb)

  © British Council, The United Kingdom's international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. We are registered in England as a Charity.
Our privacy statement