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The purpose of this guide

Are you a trustee, director, board member, governor or committee member of a charity, trust or association that works with children either exclusively or as part of a wider role? If so, then this guide is for you. It sets out your responsibilities for safeguarding and protecting children, and helps you link your strategic responsibilities with operational delivery.

We have tried to avoid any judgements about your current level of knowledge about safeguarding and have provided a framework that will take around an hour to work through.

We have used the latest statutory guidance to present the key safeguarding requirements of organisations under three appropriate headings: 

  • Leadership and accountability 
  • The organisation and its beneficiaries 
  • People and risk

At the end of each section we have included a quick checklist based on the information that has just been presented. Finally, we include a section entitled Finding help and making it work for your organisation. Here we suggest suitable tools and further sources of support to help trustees carry out their safeguarding responsibilities towards children and young people. The guide is part of a wider range of support available via Children England and Safe Network and is structured so that it is integrated with Safe Network Standards.

Download the full guide here.