All voluntary organisations have a duty to keep the people they work with safe from harm. This course introduces the basics of safeguarding within a charity context and highlights effective safeguarding practice. Safeguarding means the range of measures we have in place to protect people in our organisation, or those we come into contact with, from abuse and maltreatment of any kind. This means we have to think about safeguarding in everything we do: including policy and procedure writing, roles and responsibilities, safer recruitment, concerns and complaints management, ethical fundraising, quality assurance and safeguarding risk assessments of all our activities.
Protecting people and safeguarding is a fundamental part of operating as a charity for the public benefit. Charity trustees must take reasonable steps to protect from harm people who come into contact with their charity. This introductory training session explains the key responsibilities of trustees for safeguarding in line with guidance from the Charity Commission. It also brings to life good practice in embedding safeguarding within governance, including seeking assurance and the role of Lead Trustees for safeguarding. The course also explores common safeguarding risks that trustees themselves should consider and managing personal behaviour and relationships.