New digital tool for charities to handle safeguarding allegations
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has published a tool which contains a step by step guide to help charities in England to handle the reporting of safeguarding allegations about the behaviour or actions of a person in their charity.
The tool is designed for anyone who works at a charity to act immediately once they receive a safeguarding concern or allegation and supports them to identify the right people to contact if needed and access helpful resources and advice. It was designed alongside safeguarding experts, charities, regulators and funders.
Minister for Civil Society, Baroness Barran said:
“It is absolutely right that charities have access to the best advice and guidance for dealing with any safeguarding concerns. Charities must be safe spaces for everyone – be that those who use their important services, volunteers or employees. I am pleased to launch this new digital portal to share best practice across the country.”
Matt Hyde, Chief Executive at the Scouts said:
“Reporting safeguarding concerns and allegations is an essential step in keeping children, young people and vulnerable adults safe from harm, but often people don’t know what to report and to whom. That’s why I’ve been proud to work with DCMS, charity sector colleagues, the police and safeguarding experts to develop a digital tool to assist charity trustees, staff and volunteers in knowing how to report safeguarding concerns.”