The Charity Commission has published its new safeguarding strategy affirming safeguarding as a key governance priority for all charities, not just those working with groups traditionally considered at risk.
The Charity Commission has published its new
safeguarding strategy affirming safeguarding as a key
governance priority for all charities, not just those working with
groups traditionally considered at risk.
The new four-strand strategy provides welcome guidance for the
sector, setting out the Commission's approach to safeguarding and
explaining what trustees' charity law duties mean in this context.
- emphasises trustee awareness and prevention
- explains the Commission's supervisory and monitoring role
- describes how it co-operates with other agencies
- explains when and how it intervenes, including the purpose and
scope of its regulatory engagement
Safeguarding is one of the three areas of risk facing charities
that the Commission prioritises in its work, alongside fraud and
financial abuse and mismanagement and the extremist and terrorist
abuse of charities.
The strategy makes it clear that trustees always remain
responsible for safeguarding, even if some aspects of it are
delegated to staff. What trustees do in practice will depend on the
context of their charity's work, but they should take steps to
ensure that their charity provides a safe environment for staff,
volunteers, and anyone who comes into contact with it, as well as
safeguarding children and adults at risk. Charities that work with
vulnerable groups such as children and adults at risk will need to
ensure their safeguarding policies and practices comply with
relevant legislation and regulations.
The strategy also reminds trustees that safeguarding goes beyond
preventing physical abuse, and includes protecting people from harm
generally, including neglect, emotional abuse, exploitation,
radicalisation, and the consequences of the misuse of personal
Where a charity funds other organisations, such as overseas
partners, that work with children or adults at risk, its trustees
should carry out appropriate due diligence so that they can be
confident that their partner has in place appropriate safeguarding
policies and procedures.
All trustees should think about the people that come into
contact with their charity and consider the steps they can take to
prevent them from coming to harm. Here are some questions for your
- Do you have adequate measures in place to assess and address
- Do you have adequate safeguarding policies and procedures
appropriate for your charity's particular circumstances and which
reflect both the law and best practice
- Do you make sure that these policies and procedures are
effectively implemented and regularly reviewed
These steps are vital, given that charities are accountable to
the public and must operate for the public benefit!
WCVA promotes good practice in safeguarding within the third
sector in Wales. Our safeguarding service steering group brings
together experts from across the sector and we facilitate the
Safeguarding Ambassador's Network to enable safeguarding leads from
County Voluntary Councils to meet, update us on activities in their
areas and learn from each other.
WCVA can offer information, advice and resources on safeguarding for third
sector organisations in Wales. If you have any enquiries please
get in touch with our Safeguarding Officer, Suzanne on 0800 2888
329 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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