When it comes to specific fundraising techniques, there are certain areas that will inevitably need greater consideration for safeguarding. This will include any form of fundraising that includes direct contact between fundraisers or volunteers and the public, such as:
Volunteers play a vital role in raising funds for UK charities. Some volunteers work ‘on behalf of’ the charity, meaning that the charity has appointed them and takes responsibility for his or her acts. Others act ‘in aid of’ a charity. This is the term given to those individuals raising money with little knowledge or involvement from the charity themselves, responsible for their own actions. From a safeguarding perspective, volunteers acting on behalf of a charity give the organisation both greater responsibility and greater control.
For charities running volunteer fundraising programmes, it is important to recognise your role and responsibility in managing those volunteers, applying for the right licences and giving volunteers appropriate guidance and support.
Children often get involved in fundraising and this takes many forms; as event participants, local fairs, at school or taking the initiative with their own fundraising activity. Wherever possible, charities should provide guidance and support for those children, their parents, teachers and guardians.
When working with third parties (whether that be a corporate partner, commercial participator or specialist supplier), fundraisers must make reasonable efforts to monitor performance and to exert diligence in working with suitable organisations whose values align with their own and will adhere to industry standards. Any safeguarding requirements should be covered in the contract or working agreement, monitored and reviewed.
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