Voluntary & Community Sector Organisations

The necessity to safeguard children applies both to charities working in the UK and other countries where children may face different or additional risks of abuse or exploitation. These safeguards should include a child protection policy and procedures for dealing with issues of concern or abuse.

All organisations, including charities, are expected to comply with the government inter-agency statutory guidance Working together to safeguard children, ‘unless exceptional circumstances arise’.

Safeguarding should be a key governance priority for all charities, regardless of size, type or income, not just those working with children or groups traditionally considered at risk. The Charity Commission for England and Wales have a policy paper on Safeguarding Children and Young People that you mind find helpful. This paper also includes a section on ‘sources of further information and support’ where  they list a range of agencies and publications that can guide you in the development and updating of your safeguarding policy and procedures.

The Charity Commission has also produced a Strategy for Dealing with Safeguarding Issues in Charities that covers the responsibilities of Trustees.

The NSPCC has published updated editions of two safeguarding publications:

Safeguarding standards and guidance for the voluntary and community sector: working with children, young people and young adults aged 0-25  – is designed to help non-statutory organisations put in place clear safeguarding arrangements for children, young people and young adults up to the age of 25; and

Are they safe? A safeguarding guide for group leaders in the voluntary and community sector: working with children and young people aged 0-18 – provides a range of activities, support or services, from arts activities and hobbies to faith-based education or community work.