The portal has been backed by the government and National Lottery with £1.2m in funding to be promoted UK wide
The government has created an online portal offering guidance to charities around safeguarding concerns.
The portal has been created following a number of high profile scandals involving safeguarding at a number of leading charities in recent years.
It aims to offer advice to charities about how to handle concerns and allegations. This included identifying the right people to contact and offering access to helpful resources around keeping staff, service users and volunteers safe.
Those being funded to promote the portal and the importance of safeguarding include Voluntary Organisations Network North East, Action with Communities in Rural England and Voluntary Action Leeds. The Social Care Institute for Excellence, the Federation of London Youth Clubs and the National Association for Voluntary Community Action have also received funding to promote good safeguarding practice.
“It is absolutely right that charities have access to the best advice and guidance for dealing with any safeguarding concerns,” said Minister for Civil Society, Baroness Barran.
“Charities must be safe spaces for everyone - be that those who use their important services, volunteers or employees. I am pleased to launch this new digital portal to share best practice across the country.”
Dawn Austwick, Chief Executive at The National Lottery Community Fund, added: “Easier access to safeguarding tools, resources and support will help them (charities) to keep staff and volunteers safe as they bring people together and deliver their fantastic work.”
The funding has also helped a National Council for Voluntary Organisation led partnership to develop a series of online tools, podcasts and videos to promote safeguarding. The Civil Society Strategy committed the government to bringing in measures to improve safeguarding within the charity sector, including offering guidance and support.
Last year the Charity Commission found a culture of “tolerating poor behaviour” at Oxfam GB and found mismanagement at the charity regarding safeguarding.
This followed sexual misconduct allegations relating to the charity’s workers in Haiti in 2011.
The regulator has also investigated the handling of misconduct and harassment complaints at Save the Children.