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 running FREE Safeguarding Training and working with management committees to help them understand current legislation around safeguarding and make sure procedures are in place which reflect good practice. Ultimately, the aim is to increase awareness of the importance of safeguarding and making sure that these important rural assets are welcoming and safe places for all.

Useful Links: 

ACRE Website Safeguarding information

https://acre.org.uk/our-work/safeguarding

NCVO Safeguarding information

https://knowhow.ncvo.org.uk/safeguarding

NSPCC child protection guidance

https://learning.nspcc.org.uk/safeguarding-child-protection/voluntary-community-groups/

Safeguarding concerns: practice example – hiring out space

https://learning.nspcc.org.uk/safeguarding-child-protection/safeguarding-concerns-practice-examples/

Safeguarding guidance for disabled children and adults at risk

https://www.anncrafttrust.org/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. Village halls, children and young people

17. Trustees – roles and responsibilities

21. Overnight accommodation in village halls (not available, currently under review)

22. Managing employees and volunteers

Guidance on handling safeguarding allegations in a charity

The portal, at https://safeguarding.culture.gov.uk/  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)

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/care-act-statutory-guidance/care-and-support-statutory-guidance#safeguarding-1