Our work on safeguarding vulnerable beneficiaries

Trustees of charities which work with vulnerable groups including children have a duty of care to their charity which will include taking the necessary steps to safeguard and take responsibility for their beneficiaries.

About safeguarding

The trustees of charities which work with vulnerable groups including children must always act in their best interests and ensure they take all reasonable steps to prevent harm to them. Trustees also have duties to manage risk and to protect the reputation and assets of their charity.

The Commission is not responsible for safeguarding matters or dealing with incidents of actual abuse and we do not administer the legislation on safeguarding vulnerable groups including children.

However, as the regulator of charities, we aim to ensure that the trustees of charities which work with or provide services to vulnerable beneficiaries comply with their duties as trustees, protect beneficiaries as best they can and minimise the risk of abuse.

Our strategy 'Dealing with safeguarding vulnerable groups including children issues in charities' sets out our role and approach in dealing with safeguarding issues connected with charities:

Strategy for dealing with safeguarding vulnerable groups including children issues in charities Explains our role and approach in dealing with safeguarding issues in relation to charities.

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Summary: strategy for dealing with safeguarding vulnerable groups including children issues in charities Summarises our role and approach to dealing with safeguarding issues in relation to charities.

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Related guidance

Protecting vulnerable groups including children Find out what checks your trustees, volunteers and employees need if your charity works with children and vulnerable adults.

The Essential Trustee: What you need to know (CC3) Find out what is required of you as a charity trustee and your role and responsibility to the charity

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Finding trustees Find out how to recruit people with the right skills and experience to run your charity effectively.

Finding New Trustees (CC30) Find out about the recruitment, appointment and induction process for new trustees and how to set a framework for recruitment

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External sources of advice and information

We are not experts in child or adult safeguarding/ protection and cannot provide specialist advice to charities in this area. However, there are a wide range of other sources of information and advice available. Our guidance on safeguarding children provides links to external expert advice:

Safeguarding children – detailed guidance

Disclosure and Barring Service

Under the provisions of the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) has now been established. This new, non-departmental public body merges the services of the Independent Safeguarding Authority and the Criminal Records Bureau.

Disclosure and Barring Service

Safe Network

A partnership between the NSPCC, Children England and the Child Accident Prevention Trust, the network provides child safeguarding advice, information and resources to the voluntary and community sector in England:

Safe Network

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