Government launches charity safeguarding portal and hands out money to publicise it 

22 Jan 2020 News

Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Fergus Burnett

The government has today launched a safeguarding portal, which curates information about how to handle safeguarding allegations in a charity. 

It has also announced which charities have been awarded funding to help promote the guidance. 

The portal links to guidance from NSPCC, NCVO, Bond, the Charity Commission and others. It also includes a tool to help people work out where to go for more support or who to report an incident to. 

Nearly £600,000 has been awarded to six organisations to publicise the portal and guidance to their networks. 

  1. Voluntary Organisations Network North East (VONNE) £115,000
  2. Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) £104,950
  3. Voluntary Action Leeds (VAL) £94,000
  4. Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) £100,000
  5. The Federation of London Youth Clubs (London Youth) £76,641
  6. National Association for Voluntary Community Action (NAVCA) £104,700

The minister for civil society, Baroness Barran, said: “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.

"I am pleased to launch this new digital portal to share best practice across the country.”

In October 2018 the government announced that up to £2m would be spent to improve safeguarding capacity in charities and has been working with the National Lottery Community Fund and others. 

This has included funding an NCVO-led coalition to develop new resources and new guidance from the Charity Commission, as well as a whistleblowing helpline. 

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