RESOURCES - Safeguarding

Safeguarding and Child Protection Policies

This document has been written to offer guidance around some key points to consider when writing safeguarding, child protection and whistleblowing policies.

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Working Together to Safeguard

Click here for HM Government’s guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

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Trustee Safeguarding Duties

Click here for Gov.uk’s explanation of Trustee Safeguarding Duties.

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Safeguarding Issues in Charities

Click here to go to Gov.uk’s Strategy for dealing with safeguarding issues in charities.

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Reshet’s Safeguarding Position Paper

You can find Reshet‘s Safeguarding Position paper below, as well as some kind words below from Shirley Maginley from the NSPCC:

“Congratulations on the launch of the position paper.

I was so impressed with the booklet that I gave it to our NSPCC child protection Library so it could be catalogued and shared with others.

I feel that so much has moved forward with safeguarding in the Jewish community to what it was three years ago. This is partly due to Reshet’s persistence in encouraging the community to improve safeguarding. Let’s continue to work together when the opportunity arises.”

Kind regards,
Shirley Maginley
Safeguaring in Communities Team
NSPCC

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Safeguarding: Important Links


Writing a safeguarding policy – Includes links to trusted sources of guidance for developing polices for working with both children/young people and vulnerable adults.

Safeguarding, vulnerable clients and DBS – Know-how Nonprofit premium content from Volunteers and the Law, we have temporarily released this as free to all.


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Volunteering and the law – our new resource for members on Knowhow Nonprofit coproduced with our legal partners
 

Whistleblowing resources

NCVO’s sample whistle-blowing policy (usually premium member-only content temporarily freely available).

Charity Commission has guidance for charity staff wishing to whistle-blow to the Commission.

Public Concern at Work – Whistle-blowing charity with a wealth of support for individuals and organisations.
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Safeguarding responsibilities shared by the Charity Commission

How to ensure you protect your beneficiaries and others that come into contact with your charity

Specifically, our advice is trustees need to:

  • Know your duties and responsibilities – under charity law but also under other specific statutory duties or guidance which apply because of the type of work your charity undertakes
  • Ensure adequate measures are in place to assess and address safeguarding risks put in place adequate safeguarding policies and procedures, including relevant HR matters, appropriate for your charity’s particular circumstances and which reflect both the law and best practice
  • Make sure your charity’s policies and procedures are effectively applied in practice
  • Ensure there are mechanisms in place which provide trustees with assurance about your charity’s compliance with those policies and procedure
  • Ensure those safeguarding policies, practice, and performance are robustly and regularly reviewed to ensure they are up to date and fit for purpose
  • Actively promote a safe culture and strong awareness of everyone’s safeguarding responsibilities in your charity
  • Take steps to help deter and prevent safeguarding issues from occurring
  • Ensure there are mechanisms in place to promptly identify and act upon emerging safeguarding trends or issues
  • Ensure that serious incidents are reported to the Commission in accordance with its guidance and that safeguarding allegations, complaints or incidents are reported to other agencies in accordance with the law and best practice

The measures in place should be proportionate to the size of the charity and the risks arising from the charity’s activities.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/regulatory-alert-to-charities-safeguarding

For further advice and sources of guidance:
·         safeguarding landing page
·         safeguarding strategy
·         safeguarding policy check list
·         Reporting serious incidents
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