Making safeguarding an organisational priority

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This guidance looks at how charities can make safeguarding an organisational priority.

At the Chartered Institute of Fundraising, we believe that every fundraising organisation should offer a safe and supportive working environment and culture for staff and volunteers alike; an environment where there is a zero tolerance approach to discrimination, bullying and harassment, and where people’s privacy and right to confidentiality is respected. 

Typically, this will mean incorporating relevant recruitment, training and health and safety procedures, as well including safeguarding clauses within relevant organisational policies. Some organisations will require a standalone safeguarding policy and every organisation will need to consider safeguarding within the following organisational and fundraising policies.

Organisational policies and safeguarding:

This section includes links for to our own guidance, as well as resources from the Fundraising Regulator, NCVO (Knowhow Nonprofit) and Acas.

If your organisation works with ‘at risk’ groups, which include children or young people and adults in potentially vulnerable circumstances, you will need a specific safeguarding policy and procedure.

What to include in a safeguarding policy:

For information about writing a safeguarding policy, see NCVO Knowhow Nonprofit. Sample policies and other useful resources are available for safeguarding adults from the Newcastle Safeguarding Adults Board and for safeguarding children from the NSPCC.

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