COVID-19 update

We have a series of safeguarding resources related to COVID-19 on our COVID-19 guidance and resources page.

Helping you to keep people safe

Safeguarding should be a priority for all voluntary organisations, especially those that work with children, young people and adults at risk. Good and appropriate safeguarding provides public reassurance about your organisation and contributes to the positive reputation of the sector in general.

Your responsibilities

  • Organisations that work with at risk groups (e.g. children and vulnerable adults) have legal responsibilities in relation to safeguarding 
  • The Social Services and Well-being Act (2014) introduced a strengthened, robust and effective partnership approach to safeguarding in which each professional and organisation must do everything they can to ensure that children and adults at risk are protected from abuse
  • The Charity Commission regards safeguarding as a key governance priority for all charities, not just those that work with groups traditionally considered ‘vulnerable’

Everyone has a responsibility for safeguarding – it is everybody’s business!

How WCVA can help you with safeguarding 

  • Free enquiry service offering one-to-one, confidential advice and information from our Safeguarding Officer
  • Free information, guidance and resources on safeguarding 
  • Presentations, information sessions and surgeries for your organisation or members 
  • A range of learning opportunities, including online modules, webinars and face-to-face training courses 
  • A Safeguarding Ambassador’s Network to bring third sector safeguarding practitioners together  

If you have any questions about safeguarding, please get in touch with our Safeguarding Officer by emailing safeguarding@wcva.cymru or contact us on 0300 111 0124.

Useful Links

Welsh Government

Social Services and Wellbeing Act (Wales) 

National Independent Safeguarding Board 

Regional Safeguarding Boards 

Social Care Wales 

Disclosure & Barring Service 

Charity Commission Guidance

Safeguarding Ambassador’s Network 

A peer network for voluntary sector safeguarding practitioners.

The Safeguarding Ambassador’s Network aims to promote and develop good practice in safeguarding across the voluntary sector in Wales. The network is a community of practitioners facilitated by WCVA and representatives from the County Voluntary Councils (CVCs).

The Network’s vision is that safeguarding ambassadors will work together to share information and develop good practice in all areas of safeguarding, and create excellent training materials and delivery methods, including the use of the All Wales Safeguarding Awareness pack in the wider context beyond the social care workforce.

The group aims to:

  • share general safeguarding information,
  • promote safeguarding consistently and widely across voluntary organisations,
  • inform any voluntary sector representation on regional safeguarding boards,
  • provide a means to cascade National Independent Safeguarding board and Charity Commission information to the voluntary sector, and
  • promote good practice in both safeguarding practice and training with excellent training materials and delivery methods.

The network meets twice a year to share learning and hear from guest speakers on relevant topics relating to safeguarding.

Who can join?

Membership of the network is open to representatives from voluntary sector organisations in the following roles:

  • Safeguarding practitioners
  • Safeguarding Officers or designated leads
  • Safeguarding trainers
  • Trustees with responsibility for safeguarding

How to Join

Please contact safeguarding@wcva.cymru to discuss membership.

Resources

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DBS Checks and Conviction History

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Safeguarding self audit tool

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Embedding Cultural Competence in Safeguarding Practice

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