Safeguarding overview



Strategy for dealing with safeguarding issues in charities – 2017 Policy Paper from the Charity Commission for England and Wales.

Safeguarding and protecting people for charities and trustees – the Charity Commission guidance explaining what to do to protect people coming into contact with a charity.

Writing a safeguarding policy and procedure – information from NCVO/Knowhow, including resources on safeguarding vulnerable people.

ADASS Safeguarding Adults Policy Network – the good practice guidance reviewed and updated in 2016 to reflect new safeguarding duties under the Care Act 2014 and the Care and Support Statutory Guidance 2016.

NHS England safeguarding adults guide – information available from the NHS.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) – charities can find relevant information on the Government website, including guidance documents and information about DBS checks and processes.

Safeguarding checklist – an online tool from NSPCC for organisations working with children and young people. The NSPCC’s resource library offers guidance and templates to download on a variety of issues related to safeguarding children and young people.

Safeguarding adults and children – tools and resources from the Social Care Institute for Excellence.

Keeping vulnerable beneficiaries safe and safeguarding children and vulnerable adults – 2018 Interim Safeguarding Guidance from the Scottish Charity Regulator.

The role of health services in safeguarding adults – guidance from the Department of Health and Social Care.

Safeguarding for foundations – thinking through your approach – a framework from the Association of Charitable Foundations.

Risk assessment toolkit and risk assessment questionnaire – free tools available on the NCVO/Knowhow platform.

How to report a serious incident in the charity – the Charity Commission for England and Wales’ guidance for charity trustees.

Reporting notifiable events – guidance for charity trustees from the OSCR.

Serious incidents reporting – a guide for charity trustees from the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland.

All Wales Child Protection Procedures – these provide common standards in each of the Local and Regional Safeguarding Children Boards across Wales.


Useful organisations/websites

ADASS – the association of directors of adult social services in England, promoting high standards of social care services and influencing the development of social care legislation and policy.

Social Care Institute for Excellence – a leading improvement support agency and  independent charity working with organisations that support adults, families and children across the UK.

NSPCC – UK’s leading children’s charity fighting to end child abuse.


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