Safeguarding should be a key governance priority for all charities, not just those working with children or groups traditionally considered “at risk”, regardless of size or resources.
Safeguarding duties for charity trustees, Charity Commission

Conventionally, “safeguarding” has related to children (defined as individuals under 18) and adults at risk (also known as vulnerable adults), for which specific legislation and regulatory requirements apply.

The Charity Commission and Department for International Development have, however, adopted a broader definition of safeguarding. In its guidance, the Charity Commission has described safeguarding as meaning “the range of measures in place to protect people in a charity, or those it comes into contact with, from abuse and maltreatment of any kind.” 

If you're a  trustee with queries about how this new outlook affects your charity and your safeguarding duties, Bates Wells and Bond have prepared a two-page guide summarising the key points.

Please click here to download the guide.

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Posted on 29/08/2018 in Legal Updates

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