If your organisation works with children or young people, or with adults at-risk or in vulnerable situations it should have a safeguarding policy and procedure. There should be a high degree of awareness among staff and volunteers of safeguarding issues and their roles in protecting people from harm.

Additionally, the Charity Commission advises that safeguarding should be a priority for all charities, not just those working with groups traditionally considered at risk.

Information and guidance 

  • Every local authority has a Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) and a Local Safeguarding Adults Board (LSAB). These are multi-agency bodies to coordinate what is done by everyone on the Board to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and adults in the area. The Boards publish policies and procedures in their area and provide other support. Contact your local authority for more information or see SAFEcic's list of LSCBs and LSABs.
  • NSPCC has some good guidance and an example policy for organisations working with children and young people.
  • See our page on Safeguarding for volunteer involving organisations for specific guidance, and NCVO members can access our Volunteers and the Law resource with a section on safer recruiting.
  • The Charity Commission's Strategy for Dealing with Safeguarding Issues in Charities with guidance on trustees' responsibilities

The above is from our NCVO Knowhow website page on developing a safeguarding policy.  


Face-to-face training

NCVO offer training on safeguarding for volunteer managers, trustees and senior managers delivered regularly at NCVO in London or bespoke at your premises. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss what might suit you.

NCVO's Trusted Suppliers Leonard Consultancy and SAFEcic can provide bespoke training to organisations with a discount for NCVO members.

Online training

NCVO's Trusted Supplier SAFEcic offers online courses (discounted for NCVO members).

  • Standard Child Safeguarding Course
  • Leading on Child Safeguarding Course for managers
  • Standard Adult Safeguarding Course
  • Safeguarding Adults with Dementia Course
  • Leading on Adult Safeguarding Course for managers
  • Safeguarding for Trustees

Safeguarding and Pre-inspection Audits 

NCVO’s Trusted Supplier SAFEcic offers safeguarding audits and pre-inspection audit services for a wide range of organisations such as those in leisure, health and education. These aim to raise standards for safeguarding children and/or adults and also assist managers in benchmarking the safeguarding arrangements in their organisation.

Typically taking a day or more for larger, complex organisations or those with multiple sites.


  • NCVO members get 10% discount on consultancy and practice services from our Trusted Supplier Leonard Consultancy.
  • UK Youth provide their Safe Spaces program to set a minimum level of practice consistent with operating a safe organisation. The framework covers issues including health and safety, data protection, safeguarding, child sex exploitation, bullying and radicalisation.

Code of ethics

NCVO has been developing a set of principles that can act as a ‘code of ethics’ for the charity sector and is now consulting on a draft code. We hope the code will provide a framework for charities to review their own policies and practice around safeguarding and safe employment practices. Find out more about the code and take part in the consultation.

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