The Importance of Safeguarding

Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) has been awarded over £100k from the National Lottery Community Fund to promote good safeguarding practice to village and community halls throughout England.  

Thanks to this we will be working with ACRE to make sure that the voluntary management committees that run halls and community buildings have the knowledge and confidence to provide a safe environment for all.

Advice and examples of best practice will be shared with those managing and using village and community halls so that they fully understand their responsibilities and have appropriate and proportionate policies and procedures in place.

We are planning to put on a safeguarding sessions later on in the year, this date is to be confirmed.

Useful Links: 

National Rural Safeguarding Conference10th March 2022 (9.30am - 12.40pm)

Supporting people to see and respond effectively to safeguarding issues that can affect the lives of people in rural communities and that are often Hidden in Plain Sight.

Full details of the programme, speakers and how to book, please refer to Community Action Suffolk's Conference webpage here.

Charities Safeguarding Series - Autumn 2021

Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility. The following sessions have been organised by Katie Aston at the Home Office, they are open to anyone involved in a charity. It is a series of 7 free online safeguarding sessions, delivered by a variety of organisations running between 5th October - 18th November.

Please click here for more information and how to register your place.

ACRE Website Safeguarding information

ACRE Safeguarding Information Sheet  March 2022

NCVO Safeguarding information

NSPCC child protection guidance

Safeguarding concerns: practice example – hiring out space

Safeguarding guidance for disabled children and adults at risk

Derbyshire Learning Online

Safer Derbyshire offer many online training courses, you will need to request an account in order to access the resources

ACRE Information Sheets that can assist Village Halls to consider their safeguarding responsibilities (these can be purchased from us for £10 plus VAT each):

5. Safeguarding (April 2021)

17. Trustees – roles and responsibilities (June 2016)

21. Overnight accommodation in village halls (January 2021)

22. Managing employees and volunteers (December 2015)

Guidance on handling safeguarding allegations in a charity

The portal, at  offers a step by step guide to help charities correctly manage their concerns, identify the right people to contact if needed and access helpful resources and advice.

Every organisation that delivers charitable activities has a responsibility to safeguard people from harm or abuse, whether they are staff members, volunteers, or other people who come into contact with your charity through its work. This tool will help charities in England to handle the reporting of safeguarding allegations about the behaviour or actions of a person in their charity.

This link provides the Government statutory guidance, definitions, and responsibilities (A useful reference guide)