The body set up to represent charity retailers has launched a scheme aimed at ensuring staff, the public and customers are protected.
The Charity Retail Association has launched a series of e-learning resources as part of its commitment to safeguarding within charity shops.
The move is part of heightened awareness across the charity sector of the need to ensure robust protocols are in place to protect charity workers, volunteers and their beneficiaries.
The e-learning content is free for the Association’s members and is part of its Charity Retail Safeguarding Scheme (CRSS), which has been developed with Barnardo’s and the British Heart Foundation.
The move is designed to offer those running charity shops “an off-the shelf way” of creating a safeguarding scheme and is designed for all size of shops.
“It offers a structured way of showing that shops have met your safeguarding requirements and provides them with a physical licence to display,” said CRA Chief Executive Robin Osterley, to charities that run shops.
He added: “We hope that our members will find the CRSS useful. Essentially, it gives you all the tools you need to set up a licensing scheme for your shops, so that they can visibly be seen to conform to safeguarding requirements.
“This is the first time that such a scheme has been made widely available to charity retailers, and marks a significant step forward in keeping staff, volunteers and customers safe.
“We are delighted that we are able to make this scheme, including its e-learning content, completely free for our members to use.”
This followed a number of high profile scandals involving safeguarding concerns in the charity sector.
Further safeguarding resources were made available in October last year by a voluntary sector led Safer Social Sector Partnership. This includes videos, podcasts and online guides aimed at protecting the public, staff and volunteers.