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.

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.

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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.

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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 |


Book on to BAVO's training.....

All Wales Basic Safeguarding Awareness Training
Thursday 21 November 2019 from 1 - 4pm
BAVO - 112/113 Commercial Street, Maesteg, CF34 9DL
COST: £25 BAVO members / £35 Non BAVO members/ £50 Non-voluntary sector

Our course is for volunteers and staff in the third and statutory sectors which aims to raise awareness of safeguarding generally.  | Read more and book here |


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]