Charity Commission Safeguarding Guidance updated

The Charity Commission updated its guidance in respect of safeguarding yesterday, 22 October.

It continues to emphasise that safeguarding responsibilities and protecting people must be a governance priority for all charities, with trustees having clear oversight and monitoring mechanisms in place. Charities’ policies and procedures must be responsive to change in order to ensure that they are fit for practice, and reviewed regularly.

A number of changes have been made, and it now recommends some key sources to charities to use as guidance for best practice in the sector: NCVO’s safeguarding resource and Bond’s ‘Good governance for safeguarding’.

We at Bates Wells are delighted to have been involved in the preparation of these key resources, as now adopted and recommended by the Charity Commission which we hope will continue to assist those in the sector with vital assistance in navigating what is a crucially important area, but one that can be challenging and confusing.

The ‘Good governance for safeguarding’ guide is intended to assist trustees (specifically of UK NGOs but is of equal application to domestically-operating charities) to develop good practice within their organisations. The guide sets out seven key ways in which trustees can seek to ensure that safeguarding responsibilities are appropriately fulfilled. Emma Dowden-Teale, partner in our Public & Regulatory department, was on the Steering Committee of the working group during the guide’s development and contributed throughout the guide’s production, on which Joanna Howardalso assisted.

Bates Wells has also provided legal support in relation to the development and drafting of NCVO’s online safeguarding resource, which went live earlier this month. This resource is an NCVO-led partnership project funded by DCMS and the National Lottery Community Fund to provide information to the sector in relation to safeguarding. The free resource targets a range of different potential users, from staff and volunteers to trustees and senior leaders, with the aim of developing organisations’ safeguarding knowledge, skills, practice and values.

If you would like further legal advice on the topics discussed in these resources, then please click here to get in touch with our Safeguarding team.

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 October 23, 2019.