Safeguarding: Legal responsibilities for trustees



Safeguarding refers to a range of measures that are put in place in any organisation to protect people in their organisation, or those they come into contact with, from abuse or maltreatment of any kind. It’s essential that safeguarding is integrated throughout all policies and procedures. These include: roles and responsibilities, recruitment, concerns and complaints management, ethical fundraising, quality assurance and risk assessments of all our activities. Safeguarding must also help to create an environment where beneficiaries, staff and volunteers feel confident and able to raise concerns or complaints. This interactive course has been specifically designed to help trustees evaluate their current safeguarding procedures.

All trustees who have an interest in safeguarding issues in their organisation. The session will address governance, management arrangements and performance in relation to safeguarding as well as the practical aspects of running a charity. This course is in line with CQC, Ofsted, Charity Commission and best practice guidelines, as well as local Safeguarding Board requirements. 

What you will learn

By the end of the day you will be able to:

  • name the key adult and child safeguarding legislation, guidance & procedures relevant to the sector
  • identify the key stages of safer recruitment and supervision of staff and volunteers
  • explain how and when safeguarding concerns and/or allegations should be referred and managed by your organisation 
  • review and assess the policies, procedures, safer working practices and codes of conduct for all staff and volunteers in your organisation, and identify an action plan if needed



NCVO Society Building, 8 All Saints Street, London, Greater London, N1 9RL

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