UK charities and safeguarding: SCIE roundtable report
In April the Social Care Centre of Excellence (SCIE) held meeting with senior UK charity trustees to discuss safeguarding issues, solutions and ways of working together. SCIE's report, Safeguarding for Charities Roundtable Report looks at:
- what are the barriers to good practice?
- what does good safeguarding practice look like?
- how can charities work together on safeguarding?
Speakers included Richard Macintyre, Director of Quality and Innovation at Friends of the Elderly (FotE), Kristiana Wrixon, Head of Policy at Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO) and Danielle Oakford from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Stakeholder Engagement & Research Hub.
This report is essential reading for volunteers, staff and board members working in voluntary sector organisations who wish to understand more about safeguarding.
Also of interest will be the practical guidance on safeguarding in charities from the Charity Commission Strategy. As the introduction to this guidance clearly states the importance of safeguarding, and that it is a priority for trustees:
‘Protecting people and safeguarding should be a governance priority for all charities, regardless of size, type or income, not just those working with children or groups traditionally considered at risk. It is an essential duty for trustees to take reasonable steps to safeguard beneficiaries and to protect them from abuse.’