Guidance on handling safeguarding allegations for Charities in England

22nd January 2020

The UK Government has today launched a new online portal which aims to share best practice to charities in England on the handling safeguarding allegations or concerns.

The portal enables access to a digital tool and links to relevant resources surrounding safeguarding allegations and concerns. It offers charities a step by step guide to help correctly manage their concerns, identify the right people to contact if needed and provides access helpful resources and advice via website links.

Six organisations appointed to promote the portal and champion the importance of safeguarding and locally available sources of advice and support, funded via investment from the Government’s Domestic Charity Safeguarding Programme and the National Lottery Community Fund.

The organisations comprise the Voluntary Organisations Network North East, Action with Communities in Rural England, Voluntary Action Leeds, Social Care Institute for Excellence and The Federation of London Youth Clubs (London Youth).

Launching the guidance, Minister for Civil Society, Baroness Barran said: “It is absolutely right that charities have access to the best advice and guidance for dealing with any safeguarding concerns. Charities must be safe spaces for everyone – be that those who use their important services, volunteers or employees.”

If could need advice on safeguarding allegations or concerns, as well as support or training, contact our charity lawyers.

This article has been co-written by Isobel Williams and Eve Piffaretti.

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