Voluntary organisations have a responsibility to ensure that people who use their services or who are involved in their activities are kept safe and not harmed as a result of their involvement. All children and adults have the right to be safe from harm and should be able to live free from fear of abuse, neglect and exploitation.

It isn’t possible to completely remove all risk but organisations can do many things to make sure any risk is kept to a minimum. The key objectives of RVA’s guidance in this area of policy and procedure are:

  • To explain the responsibilities which organisations, their staff, volunteers and trustees have in respect of child and vulnerable adult protection.
  • To provide an overview of child and vulnerable adult protection.
  • To provide generic procedural guidance that will be implemented where protection issues arise.

The documents below will give you guidance about the issues and how to approach your group’s safeguarding obligations and the needs of your members and users. Do contact us if you require advice on how to develop your policies to reflect the requirements of your organisation or project.

Contact us on 0118 937 2273 or email

All the information is for guidance purposes only – please seek specialist advice if you have a particular issue to resolve.

  • Criminal records checks and the Disclosure and Barring Service [DBS]

    The purpose of this guide is to help voluntary organisations to: implement changes in their organisations to comply with the requirements of the legislation; identify which volunteer and paid posts require the post holder to be checked, at what level and for which workforce i.e. children or adults; find additional sources of guidance and help. There are regulations and requirements for specific sectors. This guidance is for general purpose for charities and voluntary groups.


    NSPCC provides a wealth of online advice and materials related to safeguarding of children.

  • Safeguarding Adults – Reading Borough Council

    Information about abuse relating to vulnerable adults, spotting signs of abuse and relevant contact details

  • Safeguarding Children – Children’s Single Point of Access (CSPOA)

    The place to make referrals in Reading about a child you are worried about, this is anyone from pre-birth to 18 years old, or up to 25 years old for for children and young people with special needs.

  • Sample safeguarding policy and procedures

    Includes the content of RVA’s own policy, explanations of relevant terms and links to sources of further information.

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