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Safeguarding guidance and tools


Friday, August 17, 2018

This page provides information on what safeguarding is and how it applies to the sector, and details of some of the tools, resources and templates available to help improve your safeguarding policies and practices.

What is safeguarding?

Safeguarding is commonly considered to be the responsibility of organisations to make sure their staff, operations and programmes do no harm to children and vulnerable adults or expose them to abuse or exploitation. It is, however, increasingly becoming best practice to think about how we safeguard everyone in our organisations at all times, including protecting staff from inappropriate behaviour such as bullying and harassment. 

Who does it apply to?

Everyone connected to your organisation should know how to keep children and adults safe. They should have appropriate learning opportunities to develop and maintain the necessary attitudes, skills and knowledge to do this. Partners, associates and other organisations that contribute to business operations should have safeguarding measures in place which are consistent with these standards. The communities you work with should understand your commitments to safeguarding and what to do if concerns arise. 

What should you do if you want to raise a concern? 

The following links provide guidance for individuals who want to report wrongdoing. Your employer should have policies and procedures for doing this, but you can report a concern to them even if they don’t. If you don’t want to tell your employer, you can also report a concern to the Charity Commission directly. As a whistleblower you are protected by UK law – you shouldn’t be treated unfairly or lose your job if you ‘blow the whistle’. You also have the right to make your claim anonymously or confidentially. 

Developing and implementing policies and procedures

Guidance on best practice is likely to evolve as a result of the initiatives that will be taken forward this year to improve sector safeguarding standards. The CHS Alliance Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) Handbook [PDF] provides a useful current overview of what your organisation should already have in place. We have adapted the CHS Alliance PSEA Quick Reference Handbook into a quick reference on measures to prevent sexual exploitation and abuse [PDF].

Policy templates

We’ve developed some policy templates which you can download and edit, looking at safeguarding policy, code of conduct, dealing with safeguarding reports, disclosure of malpractice in the workplace (whistleblowing), and complaints.

Further resources 

Below is a selection of existing resources and standards to help organisations prevent sexual exploitation and abuse. If there are other resources you think we should include, please contact us. 

Resource type: toolkit
Safeguarding guidance

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