14th Feb 2019

Did you know following National Safeguarding Awareness week in November, our Communities’ Team have received a number of queries from trustees who are concerned that their organisations do not have sufficient policies and procedures in place for safeguarding.

The Charity Commission have made it clear that protecting people and safeguarding responsibilities should be a governance priority for all charities.

Our Communities Team often speak to trustees who understand the importance of safeguarding but just don’t know where to start in creating a policy for this.

Many charities have asked us for template safeguarding policies, but we recommend creating your own policy that meets the needs of your organisation. We recommend that your policy is clear about how you will protect people from harm, it should explain how people can raise safeguarding concerns, handle allegations or incidents and how to report these to the relevant authorities. The amount of detail in your policies and how often you review them depends on what your charity does, where it works and the level of risk.

We recognise that it is often hard to ensure all trustees, staff, volunteers and beneficiaries are aware of your safeguarding policy and how to apply it but this is a vital part of running your charity and keeping people safe. When you review your safeguarding policy, you should raise awareness of the policy with any new members.

The Charity Commission has put together further guidance on this with recommended actions trustee boards should be taking to ensure good safeguarding governance. Here is a snapshot…

  1. Ensure you have a safeguarding policy and it is regularly updated
  2. Identify possible risks
  3. Consider how to improve the safeguarding culture within your charity
  4. Ensure everyone can recognise, respond to, report and record a safeguarding concern
  5. Evaluate any safeguarding training provided, ensuring it is current and relevant
  6. Review roles for appropriate DBS check from the Disclosure and Barring Service
  7. Have a risk assessment process in place for posts which do not qualify for a DBS check, but which still have contact with children or adults at risk
  8. Review your safeguarding policy

For the full guidance please click here or visit the Charity Commission website

You can always speak to our Communities Team for guidance on how to put together your own safeguarding policy. We can also review existing policies if you are concerned. Why not book yourself on to our next Community Development Workshop “Understanding safeguarding for Voluntary and Community organisations” which provides practical support in creating a safeguarding policy - full details here

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us:

Telephone: 01388 742040

Email: info@durhamcommunityaction.org.uk

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