The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland hosted an Essential safeguarding good practice seminar in May 2018, which was attended by over 90 charity representatives.
The free seminar was aimed at ensuring charities working with vulnerable beneficiaries overseas are aware of their responsibilities as charity trustees, and the safeguarding standards expected of them.
Keynote speakers at the seminar were:
- Sarah Mistry, Director of Effectiveness and Learning, Bond (UK network for organisations working in international development)
- Sandra Adair, Director of Operations, Volunteer Now (lead organisation for the provision of volunteer support, promotion and development in Northern Ireland), and
- Myles McKeown, Head of Compliance and Enquiries, Charity Commission for Northern Ireland.
Following the event, the Commission has published the following resources to support the sector:
Safeguarding seminar presentation
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Notes from the Commission’s Essential Safeguarding Best Practice Seminar, 24 May 2018
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Agreed standards and good practice guidance for working with children and young people is available via Volunteer Now's website, see, Keeping Children Safe: Our Duty to Care. For agreed standards and good practice guidance on working with adults at risk see, Keeping Adults Safe: A shared responsibility. Publications include individual self-assessment checklists to help your organisation assess where it is in relation to safeguarding standards. These checklists will help your organisation identify criteria which are already being met and those that require further development.
Volunteer Now has also developed a tool to help organisations working with both children and adults at risk, to develop/review their policy and procedures. This checklist contains nine safeguarding standards that are intended to be the minimum standards of practice in organisations that are working with all vulnerable groups and who wish to develop one overarching safeguarding policy: Safeguarding Children and Adults at Risk: Policy standards.
Charity decision tree
The three UK disclosure services and ACRO have drawn up the below to help guide organisations in deciding whether (a) they need to obtain a criminal record check as part of the recruitment process and (b) if so, the organisation they should go to obtain such a check.
Charity decision tree
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