Safeguarding in Charities
In April 2018 the Charity Commission sent out an email to remind all charities and trustees of the importance of their responsibilities in relation to safeguarding.
Safeguarding is a key governance priority for all charities. It does not just affect those working with groups who would traditionally be considered at risk. May of our charity insurance clients at Ladbrook have a need to focus on the safeguarding risks within their groups. So what do the Charity Commission advise?
From looking over the Charity Commissions website, they have 4 expectations of trustees.
These are as follows:
- To provide a safe and trusted environment. This is because Safeguarding involves a duty of care to everyone who comes into contact with your charity, not just those deemed to be vulnerable like children and young people
- The requirement to set an organisational culture that prioritises safeguarding. This is so it is safe for people to report incidents and concerns in the knowledge they will be dealt with appropriately.
- The need to have adequate safeguarding policies, procedures and measures to protect people and make sure these are made public, reviewed regularly and kept up to date
- The requirement to handle any incidents as they arise. This would then mean the need to report them to any relevant authorities including the police and the Charity Commission themselves. The aim of this would be to then learn from these mistakes and put in place the relevant processes and mechanisms to stop them happening again in the future
Here at Ladbrook, we recommend that you should do the following,as a minimum, in order to comply and protect yourself:
- Carry out a thorough review of your charity’s safeguarding and management arrangements and performance. (Especially if you haven’t done so within the last 12 months)
- Contact the Charity Commission about any safeguarding issues, serious safeguarding incidents, complaints or allegations which have not previously been disclosed to the charity regulator
Find more about what and how to report to the Charity Commission.
Should you require any further information, then please visit the Charity Commission website where you will find more information about safeguarding responsibilities for trustees, and the role of the Charity Commission and other regulators. You may also find other local non profit groups there to support you with information and training. These might be Young Peoples type groups or try your local CVS or Voluntary Action group.
Below are some additional links that may provide you with further information: