New safeguarding tool for charities

Every organisation that delivers charitable activities has a responsibility to safeguard people from harm or abuse, whether they are staff members, volunteers, or other people who come into contact with your charity through its work.

The government has designed a new digital tool to help charities handle the reporting of safeguarding concerns or allegations about the behaviour or actions of a person in their charity.

The tool acts as a prompt so that you can ensure you have taken all the relevant steps necessary to safeguard your beneficiaries and to protect the charity.

It is not a method for making referrals, charities should still follow their internal safeguarding procedures and contact relevant social services departments as before, but the tool does act as a very useful prompt to ensure that you have fulfilled all your duties and also links to further resources if you need additional support.

Guidance: How to use the tool.
You can access the tool here.

Further local support for Reading’s charities
RVA Advice Service for advice on legal and governance matters.
RVA Safe and Sound to develop good governance for your charity.
RVA Knowledgebase (includes guidance on DBS and key contact details for making referrals in Reading and surrounding areas)

Upcoming safeguarding training and events
Safeguarding Adults Level 1 Training for charities and voluntary groups
Universal Safeguarding Children Training
Learning from Domestic Violence Homicide Reviews – Safeguarding Adults

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