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 

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


Face-to-face training

NCVO offer training on safeguarding for volunteer managers delivered regularly at NCVO in London or bespoke at your premises. Email our training team to discuss what might suit you.

NCVO's Trusted Supplier Leonard Consultancy can provide bespoke training to organisations with a 10% discount for NCVO members

Online training

NCVO's Trusted Supplier SAFEcic offers online courses.

  • 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.
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