Bond publishes practical guidance for charities on good governance for safeguarding

On the 1 May 2019, Bond’s cross-sector safeguarding group published a practical guide exploring the six ways that trustees of UK-based NGOs should take the lead on safeguarding.

In response to the serious incidents and allegations raised about the international development sector and the subsequent DfID Summit on Safeguarding in NGOs in Spring 2018, the DfID/Bond multi-disciplinary safeguarding working group has produced a new safeguarding governance guide. The group is formed of organisations and representatives from across the sector, including DfID and Bates Wells’ Emma Dowden-Teale, and chaired by Concern Worldwide’s Rose Caldwell and Mercy Corps’ Alexandra Angulo.

The guide reflects current guidance, in particular the various guidance and expectations disseminated by the Charity Commission and DfID in 2018. The guide aims to help trustees of UK NGOs develop good practice in connection with safeguarding and people protection by providing recommendations and advice on how organisations may develop their own activities to achieve good practice. Notably, while this guide focuses on the oversight and governance role of UK NGOs’ boards of trustees, it is of benefit to all charities.

Emma Dowden-Teale (Partner, Public and Regulatory) was on the Steering Committee of the working group during the guide’s development and contributed throughout all stages of the guide’s production. The working group was assisted in the final stages by Joanna Howard (Solicitor, Public and Regulatory).

To access the guide, which is freely available, click here for further details. Outputs from the other DfID/Bond safeguarding working groups are also in the process of development and finalisation. Do keep an eye on the Bond website for further publications.

Bates Wells’ Safeguarding Best Practice Roundtables are taking place in May to discuss where we are now, and where the gaps remain, in respect of sector safeguarding guidance and tools, for which we will be joined by NCVO, which is leading the Safer Social Sector Partnership in respect of the delivery of phase 1 of the Safeguarding Training Fund, a project funded by DCMS and the National Lottery Community Fund to provide resources for the sector to improve the fulfilment of safeguarding functions. The roundtable on 8 May 2019 will be aimed at charities whose activities are focused within the UK. This topic will be repeated at a roundtable meeting on 29 May 2019 for those charities whose activities include work internationally. As always, the meetings will be held under Chatham House rules. There are a few tickets remaining and so do join us by booking here.

This information is necessarily of a general nature and doesn’t constitute legal advice. This is not a substitute for formal legal advice, given in the context of full information under an engagement with Bates Wells.

All content on this page is correct as of May 3, 2019.