Safeguarding for volunteer managers

  • 1 day
  • Volunteer management
  • HR
  • Legal
All voluntary organisations have a duty to keep the people they work with safe from harm. The field of safeguarding can feel ever more complex with duties to children, adults and those in contact with the charity, including volunteers. This course introduces the basics of safeguarding specifically within a volunteer managers role. It highlights effective safeguarding practice when working with and supporting volunteers.


By the end of the day you will have:

  • understood the principal safeguarding duties of volunteer managers in protecting children and vulnerable adults within current law and policy
  • considered types of harm and how to spot signs of abuse
  • understood effective management of allegations or concerns
  • considered how effective recruitment, DBS checks, and supervision of staff and volunteers supports safer working
  • started to develop an action plan to embed safeguarding practices in your organisation.

Who should attend?

People who oversee the work of volunteers operationally or have a strategic role for volunteering. People who lead policy and/or the implementation of safeguarding practices in organisations that engage volunteers.

Who runs it?

Tom Burke is currently a freelance consultant alongside Acting Chief Executive of a leading youth international development charity. He has extensive experience of leading safeguarding and child protection training for voluntary organisations working both with children, young people and vulnerable adults. He was editor of the the National Council for Voluntary Youth Services ‘Keeping It Safe’ guide and an assessor of organisations seeking accreditation under the Sound Systems safeguarding standards.

Would you like to run this training for your organisation?

All of our training courses can be delivered at your premises at a time and date that suits you. We can work with you to tailor our courses to match your needs. Often if you have four or more learners, in house training may be more cost effective. 
For more information please complete our online contact form.

Contact us 

Email or phone (020 7520 2587) the training team with any questions or queries you may have on our training courses.

Investing in volunteers

Have you considered going for NCVO’s Investing in Volunteers (IiV) award? IiV is a UK quality standard for excellence in volunteer management. IiV’s 9 quality areas cover all aspects of volunteer involvement, ensuring an excellent volunteer experience from enquiry to exit. IiV’s supportive process with expert assessors provides an opportunity for you to review and measure your volunteer management programme in line with the UK standard. The IiV journey will help you feel confident about your engagement, processes and policies. Considering each of the 9 quality areas will help you ensure a safeguarding culture is threaded throughout your volunteer service. You can demonstrate and develop existing practice to ensure quality, meaningful volunteering. IiV builds trust in your volunteering service and can enhance your reputation for future volunteer involvement and funding. 
Click here to find out how to start you IiV journey ensuring confidence in your practice today.  
Read more about the benefits of IiV here.


Our pricing structure is based on your organisation’s gross annual income. NCVO members also receive a 30% discount off training prices. Organisations with a gross annual income of less than £30k can join NCVO for free and will then qualify for the discount.

Below £5 million £5 million or above
NCVO member £204.00 £362.00
Non-NCVO member £291.00 £517.00