The voluntary sector led Safer Social Sector Partnership has made videos, podcasts and online guides available to ensure charities are protecting the public, staff and volunteers.
A raft of free online support to help promote safeguarding within charities has been made available by a partnership of voluntary sector experts. The Safer Social Sector Partnership group has produced a range of podcast, video and online guides to ensure that charities are protecting staff, volunteers and service users. The resources have been funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the National Lottery Community Fund through the Safeguarding Training Fund. The online resources are part of phase one of the £1.2m fund, with further work set to involve delivering training and creating local networks. The NCVO is the lead member of the partnership, that includes 13 other organisations. This includes UK Youth, NAVCA and the NSPCC. Included is a guide to understanding safeguarding that takes in issues around tackling abuse, harassment and harm. It also features the NCVO’s
*NEW* We’ve worked with 13 expert partners to produce #safeguarding resources that are free for all charities.They’ll help you build a safe culture for all your volunteers, staff members, participants, donors➡️ t.co/P8VmXSw4DX#SafeguardingAsOne @TNLComFund @DCMS pic.twitter.com/bYJ7Qnk48A — NCVO (@NCVO)
*NEW* We've worked with 13 expert partners to produce #safeguarding resources that are free for all charities.— NCVO (@NCVO) October 7, 2019
They'll help you build a safe culture for all your volunteers, staff members, participants, donors➡️ https://t.co/P8VmXSw4DX#SafeguardingAsOne @TNLComFund @DCMS pic.twitter.com/bYJ7Qnk48A
Another section on the website is called ‘What To Do If You’re Worried’, which contains information on how to identify and report concerns around abuse. It also contains a postcode finder function to help whistleblowers report suspected abuse to local councils.
Writing in a blog post to promote the resources, NCVO Head of Police and Public Services Elizabeth Chamberlain said: “It will act as a one-stop shop for the key guidance and resources on safeguarding that we’ve produced in association with expert organisations “Over the past six months, NCVO has been working in partnership with some of the leading organisations in the sector to develop a range of briefings, guides, practical tools, podcasts and videos about good safeguarding practice and safe culture." “By working together and each of us contributing our expertise – from safeguarding specific groups, to user engagement in developing digital content, and developing practical guidance – we have built something that will make a real difference to the sector.” The online charity resources come amid a number of high profile safeguarding concerns around charities including those involving Oxfam and Save the Children.