Can Your Charity Adequately Safeguard Those that Interact with it?

Charity Commission publishes new safeguarding strategy

The Charity Commission recently published its new safeguarding strategy, which explains that trustees need to ensure that their organisation provides a safe environment for staff, volunteers and anyone else that may interact with it. This includes protection from physical and emotional abuse, neglect, exploitation, radicalisation and misuse of personal data.

To ensure that your organisation is compliant with the new strategy, review the Charity Commission’s four-strand approach:

  1. Awareness and prevention—Trustees must possess the expertise, knowledge and skills to effectively and responsibly prevent any harm.
  2. Oversight and supervision—Trustees must follow the Charity Commission’s incident reporting regime and must promptly submit an incident report.
  3. Co-operation—Trustees must be willing to work with other agencies, such as the police and local authorities, to reduce the possibility of harm.
  4. Intervention—The Charity Commission will use its risk framework to decide on the most proportionate and effective response to a safeguarding concern.

If you would like to read the Charity Commission’s safeguarding strategy in its entirety, click here. If you're looking for bespoke charity insurance from the UK's leading independent insurance broker then please get in touch.