Evangelical Alliance asks members to respond to extremism consultation

Extremism poses a serious threat to our country and the Counter-Extremism Strategy (CES), published on 19 October 2015, sets out the government's approach. The CES has a specific focus on out-of-school settings and the government intends to introduce a new system of registration, regulation and inspection to keep children safe generally from the risk of harm, including emotional harm, while promoting their welfare.

The aim of the new regime is to enable action to be taken where out-of-school settings are failing to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, which includes failing to protect them from the harm caused by 'extremism'.

The Department for Education (DfE) is calling for evidence to inform the development of the government's proposals for requiring certain 'out-of-school education settings' to register and be subject to risk-based inspections. This call for evidence is now open and closes on 11 January 2016.

What is meant by 'out-of-school settings'?

Out-of-school settings covered by this proposal are those who "intensive tuition, instruction or training out of school". Intensive tuition could be considered anything that entails an individual child under the age of 19 attending a setting for cumulatively more than between six to eight hours per week, including evenings and weekends.

What does this mean for Christians?

Churches, youth groups, holiday clubs, church camps, Christian festivals, Bible-reading groups, homeschooling events or training courses for those under 19, lasting six hours or more per week, would be subject to registration and inspection by Ofsted under the current proposals. As it stands, a single one-off event lasting a day would also appear to require registration.

For further information about the report and how you can participate in the consultation please go to