Safeguarding should be a priority for all third sector organisations, especially those that work with children, young people and adults at risk.

Safeguarding is a valuable part of an organisation's governance framework. It relates to:

  • health and safety;
  • staff recruitment, development and retention;
  • quality assurance;
  • funding.

 Why is safeguarding important?

  • Organisations that work with at risk groups (e.g. children and vulnerable adults) have legal responsibilities in relation to safeguarding;
  • The Social Services and Well-being Act (2014) introduced a strengthened, robust and effective partnership approach to safeguarding in which each professional and organisation must do everything they can, to ensure that children and adults at risk are protected from abuse;
  • The Charity Commission regards safeguarding as a key governance priority for all charities, not just those that work with groups traditionally considered vulnerable.

Latest news..

Wales Safeguarding Procedures launched during National Safeguarding Week 2019

The procedures will provide guidance to practitioners working in Wales to safeguard children and adults who are experiencing or are at risk of abuse, neglect or other kinds of harm. The procedures were written following a thorough review of existing policies and procedures in place across Wales. Practitioners from all sectors were involved in drafting the procedures and best practice from not just Wales but from across the UK also informed their development. The procedures will ensure consistent practice across Wales. For the first time, safeguarding procedures for adults and children will be in place throughout Wales, across all agencies and sectors.

They will help practitioners apply the principles of the Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act 2014 and Welsh Government’s Handing Individual Cases guidance. As well as promoting good practice, the publication of the procedures will represent a significant step in improving how practitioners work together to protect adults and children at risk. | Read more |

Safeguarding and good management practices

The welfare of children and vulnerable adults must be the paramount consideration of any voluntary organisation whose work brings it into contact with vulnerable people. Volunteers play a vital role in enhancing the lives of vulnerable people, but not every volunteer is suited to this kind of work, and very occasionally, may actually pose a threat. This means carrying out risk assessments for work that involves vulnerable people, adopting safe working practices to help minimise risk, having good recruitment and selection practices an sound systems of supervision.

| Safeguarding and good management practices |

| Arferion Diogelu a Rheoli Da |

Safeguarding update (September 2019)

Our safeguarding update includes information on criminal record checks, fees, application, basic checks and GDPR.

| Read our safeguarding update here |

Recruiting, selecting and inducting volunteers

Before involving volunteers, it is worth spending some time considering how they can work within your organisation. It is essential for the organisation to identify tasks that are appropriate for the volunteer to undertake, prior to the recruitment and selection process. As volunteers do not replace paid workers, they should be viewed as complementing the role, thus bringing added value to the organisation.

| Recruiting, selecting and inducting volunteers |

| Recriwtio, dethol a sefydlu gwirfoddolwyr |

Charity Commission emphasises that safeguarding is a key governance priority for all trustees, not just those working with groups traditionally considered at risk

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has recently launched a range of safeguarding resources, supported by other organisations. The resources were jointly funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the National Lottery Community Fund. | Read NCVO resources here |

You should use these alongside the Charity Commission's guidance about safeguarding duties for charity trustees.

It is also important that you contact the Charity Commission about any safeguarding issues, or serious safeguarding incidents, complaints or allegations.

| Find out about reporting serious incidents in your charity as a trustee. |

| Find out about reporting serious wrongdoing at a charity as a worker or volunteer. |

Click on online safeguarding courses from the WCVA Learning Zone

Courses include: Introduction to Safeguarding in the Third Sector (Wales), Safer Recruitment and The Role of the Safeguarding Officer. | Read more |

BAVO can help you

We can help your organisation in setting up good safeguarding management practices and offer Safeguarding people (All Wales Basic Safeguarding Awareness) training.

Additionally, BAVO is the third sector link to the Safeguarding Operational Board. 

For further details contact BAVO, T: 01656 810400 or E: [email protected]