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Safeguarding resources

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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The three UK disclosure services and ACRO have drawn up the  decision tree 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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