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Safeguarding Risks: Getting started

There’s an Irish tale about a man who gets hopelessly lost on the country roads. He stops to ask a farmer: ’How do I get to Dublin?’, ‘Well, I wouldn’t start from here.’ the farmer replies…

Safeguarding within NGOs and charities is high on the agenda of governments, the Charity Commission and the public, with all expecting evidence of major improvements – and quickly. But where should organisations start? Safeguarding, like all duty of care functions, isn’t as simple as instituting a single policy, mechanism or practice and given the number of areas that need to be considered it’s easy to get overwhelmed at the start.

So where to start?

We recommend that you do two things now to get on top of your immediate risks and evidence action while you begin the cultural change necessary to mainstream safeguarding in your organisation.