New digital portal to strengthen safeguarding guidance for charities
The government has launched a new online portal that will strengthen its support to charities handling safeguarding concerns or allegations.
The portal, based on 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.
The government revealed that following a combined £1.2 million DCMS and National Lottery Community Fund investment, the portal will be promoted by six organisations across England.
The funding has been awarded to Voluntary Organisations Network North East (VONNE), Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE), Voluntary Action Leeds (VAL), Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), The Federation of London Youth Clubs - London Youth, and National Association for Voluntary Community Action (NAVCA).
The funding has also enabled the NCVO to bring together a partnership of organisations to develop a series of free, high-quality factsheets, practical tools, podcasts and videos to promote a good safeguarding culture in charities.
"It is absolutely right that charities have access to the best advice and guidance for dealing with any safeguarding concerns. Charities must be safe spaces for everyone - be that those who use their important services, volunteers or employees," said the Minister for Civil Society, Baroness Barran.
"I am pleased to launch this new digital portal to share best practice across the country."