The Charity Commission has updated its guidance on safeguarding and protecting people.
The Commission has stated that safeguarding should be a governance priority for all charities, not just those that work with groups traditionally considered at risk. Charity trustees must take reasonable steps to protect people who come into contact with their charity from harm.
The updated guidance aims to bring clarity in a number of areas:
- Managing risks
- Policies and procedures you need to have
- Getting checks on trustees, staff and volunteers
- Protecting volunteers and staff
- Safeguarding children or adults at risk
- Working overseas
- Handling and reporting incidents and allegations
- Working with or making grants to other organisations
- Terrorism and the Prevent duty
The guidance includes a new infographic: 10 actions trustee boards need to take to ensure good safeguarding governance
We would recommend that trustees ensure that safeguarding leads within their organisations familiarise themselves with the guidance.
If you have any questions or concerns about safeguarding in your organisation, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our free Safeguarding service by email email@example.com or telephone 0300 111 0124 (option 6)
New guidance on how to change your charity details
The Charity Commission has recently updated its guidance on how to make a number of different kinds of changes to your charity
- How to check and update your charity’s details before submitting the annual return
- How to change your charity’s financial year
- How to remove a trustee’s name from public display on the register
- How to change your charity’s legal structure
Remember, registered charities have a responsibility to ensure that the Charity Commission has accurate and up-to-date information about your charity.
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