Guidance for Trustees: How protected are your beneficiaries?

Author's position
Advice Worker
Article date
11 July 2018
Primary interest
Voluntary sector

All charities, voluntary and community groups have a duty to keep their service users safe from harm. As most charities and community groups run through the hard work and dedication of volunteers, it is important that volunteers, as well as paid staff,  receive basic safeguarding training.

Safeguarding training is for anyone who comes into contact with children or adults at risk in whatever way in their work or volunteering role. Everyone has a part to play in keeping service users free from harm. An organisation where there is a culture of good safeguarding practices, with informed staff and volunteers and clear processes for reporting, will be less likely to attract the attention of anyone who may have harmful intentions towards its service users. We can’t ignore that many of the serious case reviews have involved individuals seeking out a position of trust!

Trustees of charities who work with children or vulnerable adults are required by Charity Law to ensure that good safeguarding practices are in place. It is therefore essential that they also receive basic safeguarding training to fulfill this duty of care.

You can read the Charity Commission regulatory alert here on what it expects from Charities to ensure that service users are kept safe from harm. This includes a list of steps that Trustees are required to take.

It is good practice for staff and volunteers to receive refresher safeguarding training annually to ensure they are kept up to date on good safeguarding practice.

Training and resources for charities

Universal Safeguarding Children Training, specifically for voluntary and community groups, RVA training room 24 July BOOK HERE

Universal Safeguarding Children Training through RBC HERE

Level 1 Safeguarding Adults through RBC HERE

DBS Training, RVA Training room, 4 December BOOK HERE

Safeguarding is also a key element of the RVA Safe and Sound Good Governance. Find out more and download a self-assessment HERE

If you have any questions or require some support in implementing good safeguarding practices in your organisation, please contact Herjeet on herjeet.randhawa@rva.org.uk or telephone 0118 9372273