If you are running a community project, you may be working with children and young people, or other vulnerable groups, such as women, the elderly, or disabled people. Safeguarding is important because it prevents vulnerable people from being hurt or abused, or being put at risk of harm or abuse. It also gives you guidance on what to do if you are concerned about a vulnerable person being hurt or abused outside your project.

To comply with safeguarding legislation, especially on working with children and young people, you will need to establish, implement, and follow good safeguarding policies and procedures, ensure your staff and volunteers are aware of the policies and procedures, and ensure your staff and volunteers receive relevant training.

Read more about safeguarding.

For more information, please see the NSPCC’s guidance on safeguarding children.

Your local authority will also have a designated safeguarding officer, who can provide information, advice, and guidance on safeguarding.