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Safeguarding and protecting people from harm: Your role as a trustee

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Safeguarding and protecting people from harm: Your role as a trustee

  1. 1. SAFEGUARDING AND PROTECTING PEOPLE FROM HARM: YOUR ROLE AS A TRUSTEE
  2. 2. SAFEGUARDING AN UNDERSTANDING OF LEGAL DUTIES
  3. 3. WHY DOES IT MATTER?
  4. 4. WHAT DO WE MEAN BY SAFEGUARDING? For the Charity Commission’s purposes
  5. 5. WHAT IS A SERIOUS INCIDENT? For the Charity Commission’s purposes
  6. 6. SAFEGUARDING DUTIES FOR TRUSTEES
  7. 7. HELP FOR TRUSTEES HOW YOU CAN DISCHARGE YOUR DUTIES EFFECTIVELY
  8. 8. CHARITY GOVERNANCE CODE
  9. 9. CHARITY ETHICAL PRINCIPLES
  10. 10. RIGHT TO BE SAFE Every person who volunteers with works for or comes into contact with a charity should be treated with dignity and respect, and feel that they are in a safe and supportive environment. All charities have a responsibility to create an inclusive culture that does not tolerate inappropriate, discriminatory, offensive or harmful behaviour towards any person who works for, volunteers with, or comes into contact with the charity. Charities should also be places where people’s wellbeing and mental health are valued and promoted so that anyone working in the charity or coming into contact with the charity is encouraged to value and invest in their own health and wellbeing.
  11. 11. UPHOLDING THE PRINCIPLE This means charities should: Stand against and have a clear approach to prevent abuse of trust and power including bullying, intimidation, harassment, discrimination or victimisation in all their activities. Create a culture that supports the reporting and resolution of allegations, suspicions or concerns about abuse of any kind or inappropriate behaviour. Ensure that anyone working or volunteering for the charity understands the expectations placed upon them, and provide the relevant training to support them in meeting their responsibilities. Ensure that anyone who works or volunteers in the charity has access to proper support and advice if they - experience or witness unacceptable behaviour - raise a concern or make an allegation about the actions of others - don’t feel safe.
  12. 12. GOOD GOVERNANCE FOR SAFEGUARDING GUIDE FOR UK NGO BOARDS
  13. 13. KEY ISSUES FOR TRUSTEES
  14. 14. Safeguarding Culture Policies and Procedures Guidance and support Modelling and reinforcing expectations Openness and reporting
  15. 15. What policies does your organisation use to safeguard people?
  16. 16. • Operational delivery • Recruitment • Criminal records • Supervision • Lone working • Health & safety • Equality, diversity & inclusivity • Work relationships • References • Risk register • Whistleblowing • Grievance • Disciplinary • Contract termination • Problem solving • Complaints and feedback • “Code of conduct” • IT / social media use • Confidentiality • Fraud and bribery POLICIES CHECKLIST
  17. 17. What actions can you use to safeguard people?
  18. 18. • Safeguarding incident log • Turnover of people • Inductions • Pocket guides • Simple steps • Training courses • Supervision • Trustee dashboards • Publicising for feedback • Role descriptions • Absence monitoring • Blocked websites • Leadership training • E-learning • Role descriptions • No lone working • Accident book • Pledges • Appraisals • CCTV SOME PRACTICAL THINGS YOU CAN DO
  19. 19. •Check for gaps in your policies • Risk assessment • Gap analysis Make your expectations clear • Inductions, training and guidance • Contracts Check how you’re doing • Monitor your safeguarding tactics • Listen to feedback Model and reinforce • Make sure your staff and volunteers see that you take this seriously
  20. 20. NCVO champions the voluntary sector and volunteer movement to create a better society. We connect, represent and support over 13,000 voluntary sector member organisations, from the smallest community groups to the largest charities. This helps our members and their millions of volunteers make the biggest difference to the causes they believe in. • Search for NCVO membership • Visit www.ncvo.org.uk/join • Email membership@ncvo.org.uk 20

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