Can your organisation adequately safeguard those that interact with it?

Trustees should proactively safeguard and promote the welfare of their charity’s beneficiaries. They must take reasonable steps to ensure that those who come into contact with their charity do not come to harm as a result. This should be a key governance priority.

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.

Everybody has the right to be safe, no matter who they are or their circumstances. The damage from safeguarding incidents could be devastating for the charity, and public trust and confidence in the wider sector can be harmed if these issues are not responded to appropriately.

Source: Zywave. Charity Commercial Insurance Profile 1st Quarter 2018, December 2017

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