Every organisation has a duty to safeguard those who engage with them – whether people who benefit from the organisations work, its staff, volunteers or others affected by its activities. For volunteer involving organisations, this brings specific challenges to effective safeguarding planning and management. You need to ensure your volunteers are both meeting your organisations safeguarding requirements; not posing risk of harm to others and meet your duty of care to any risks they may face.
Learn how to build a stronger safeguarding culture in your organisation in line with statutory and regulatory obligations. This course will help you turn these legal duties into life and allow you to identify the key safeguarding priorities for your organisation and with your volunteers.
The course has been designed for online delivery with a range of interactive practical exercises and opportunities for group work.
All activities have been developed in light of the specific safeguarding risks emerging as a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic and will include updates on relevant changes to procedure and practices.
- Understand key concepts in safeguarding relevant to volunteer involving organisations
- Learn about the key statutory and regulatory duties for safeguarding relevant to volunteer involving organisations
- Understand safeguarding at each stage of the volunteer journey: recruitment, induction, supervision and support and exit
- Managing effective safeguarding concerns or allegations with volunteers
About the Trainer: Tom Burke
Tom Burke is currently a freelance consultant specialising in work with voluntary organisations. He was previously Deputy Chief Executive of a leading youth international development charity working both in the UK and overseas. He has extensive experience of leading safeguarding and child protection training for voluntary organisations working both with children, young people and adults at risk of harm. He previously led development of the NCVO Knowhow Safeguarding website; co-authored guidance on safeguarding during the Covid-19 pandemic and was editor of the National Council for Voluntary Youth Services ‘Keeping It Safe’ guide and an assessor of organisations seeking accreditation under the Sound Systems safeguarding standards.
- Day 1 - 6th July
- Day 2 - 7th July
- Opportunity to open the session, clarify ways of working and enable introductions
- Key concepts in safeguarding risk management
- The regulatory framework including sources of key safeguarding duties
- The duties of trustees and the role of the Charity Commission
- Considering risk when designing volunteer roles
- Understanding the disclosure and barring regime
- Managing safeguarding during recruitment and selection processes
- Welcome and refresher of key learning outcomes to date
- Best practice in induction and training volunteers
- How effective supervision, support and training supports safeguarding
- The role of reporting and whistleblowing
- Learning from the end of the volunteer relationship
- Refresh on reporting and role of different agencies
- Best practice in the reporting process
- Offering support to volunteers
This Safeguarding for Volunteer Managers course is designed for volunteer involving organisations to understand their safeguarding duties and how these can be met in a range of contexts. It is designed for strategic and operational managers of volunteering to understand how to embed safeguarding in all aspects of the volunteer journey.