Charity Blog: Safeguarding

It should be a priority in all charities that it protects the people who come into contact from harm. This includes people who benefit from your charity’s work, employees and volunteers. What you need to do depends on what your charity does and who it works with.

It is expected that you:

  • make sure all trustees, employees, volunteers and beneficiaries know about safeguarding and people protection
  • have appropriate policies and procedures in place
  • ensure people are suitable to act in their roles
  • know to spot, refer or report concerns
  • have a clear system of referring or reporting to relevant organisations as soon as you suspect or identify concerns
  • set out risks and how you will manage them in a risk register which is regularly reviewed
  • be quick to respond to concerns and carry out appropriate investigations
  • do not let one trustee dominate your work – trustees should work together

There are many types of risks to be aware of:

  • sexual harassment, abuse and exploitation
  • negligent treatment
  • physical or emotional abuse
  • bullying or harassment
  • health and safety
  • a charity’s culture may allow poor behaviour
  • people may abuse a position of trust they hold within a charity

As well as many others that charities should consider.

Charities should have policies and procedures in place that are reviewed annually and available to the public. It is important that all trustees, staff, volunteers and beneficiaries are aware of your policies.

You also need to make sure your charity has suitable health and safety arrangements in place for example, first aid and fire safety.

If your charity works with children and vulnerable adults, there should be additional safeguarding procedures in place to protect them from harm.

For more details please do not hesitate to contact Charity Manager Sophie on 01482 427360 or email help@360accountants.co.uk

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