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If your organisation works with children or adults at risk, the Charity Commission expects your organisation to have a safeguarding lead. This is generally the individual who would respond to concerns about a child or adult at risk and ensure referral to statutory services.
If your organisation works with children, it must follow the Working Together to Safeguard Children statutory guidance. This requires you to have both a board level lead and an operationally focussed designated safeguarding lead.
A wider range of charities have also found it useful to have a designated safeguarding lead. What you require will depend ion the size and complexity of your organisation, the types of activities you deliver and your level of contact with people at risk of harm.
As the designated safeguarding lead (DSL) you act as the main source of support, advice and expertise for safeguarding in your organisation. The details of how you carry out your role will have some differences when your organisation primarily works with adults at risk or children, but the overall responsibilities will be the same.
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