Protecting and safeguarding service users is one of the key governance priorities of all voluntary sector organisations. Not only does this help to ensure the best possible outcomes for service users, but also contributes towards maintain public trust and confidence in the sector as a whole. The government have updated and refine safeguarding procedures in voluntary sector, with the Charity Commission releasing new guidance in recent years. Although progress has been made in some areas, demand for charity services continues to grow, increasing the possibility of safeguarding incidents. Charities must therefore prioritise developing and embedding safeguarding into every aspect of their governance to protect service users, staff and volunteers.

  • An estimated 587,965 concerns of adult abuse were raised during 2022-23, an increase of 9% on the previous year according to NHS Digital
  • Public trust in Charities was 6.3 out of 10 in 2023 according to the Charity Commission
  • 2021-22 The Charity Commission saw a 20% reduction in the number of serious incident reports made by charities compared with the previous year

Join us at The Safeguarding in the Voluntary Sector Conference 2024 to hear the latest initiatives and collaborative approaches from national leaders and local charities working to develop and deliver robust safeguarding policies in voluntary organisations. This conference will address key topics such as partnership working, contextual safeguarding and protecting volunteers. You will be able to share your experiences and challenges faced in implementing safeguarding strategies through networking with senior colleagues, engaging with best practice case studies, and sharing ideas for moving forward.

Why Attend:

✓ High-level keynotes on embedding safeguarding into leadership and management strategies

✓ Listen and learn from case studies from leading experts in developing and delivering strategies for improving safeguarding in the voluntary sector

✓ Networking opportunities with speakers and delegates from across the voluntary sector

 8 hours of CPD points towards your yearly quota

This is a live event taking place online:
Access a full live event with 8 hours of CPD points from home
Network and connect with colleagues in breakout networking sessions and the meeting hub
Interact with speakers through live Q&A and networking
Review event materials and presentations post-event
Receive additional resources to boost your learning and support you in your role

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285

  • Online Registration
  • Chair’s Welcome Address

    Prof Lisa Oakley, Professor of Safeguarding and Knowledge Exchange, University of Chester (Invited)

  • Keynote: Key Guidance on Best Practice Safeguarding in the Voluntary Sector

    Catherine Edginton, Senior Safeguarding Lead, Charity Commission (CONFIRMED)

  • Keynote: Establishing Robust Safer Recruitment Practice to Ensure Service Users Are Protected

    • Interview techniques to ensure potential staff understand organisational safeguarding commitments in relation to the role
    • Making sure each role has clear safeguarding requirements that reflect the risks and responsibilities of that role
    • Establishing induction sessions or processes for new staff and volunteers to learn about key elements of safeguarding
    • Developing a well-structured and planned safer recruitment procedure and process to guarantee the most effective person for a role is recruited

    Suzanne Cottrell, Safeguarding Audits Manager and Lauren Westerman,  Safeguarding Principal Auditor, Social Care Institute for Excellence (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions and Answers Session
  • Comfort Break
  • Keynote: Designing Tools to Enhance the Accessibility of Safeguarding Training for all Stakeholders

    Graham Thursby, Safeguarding and HR adviser, Bond (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Embedding a Positive Safeguarding Culture into Voluntary Organisations at All Levels

    • Tools to facilitate open and honest conversations to drive cultural transformation
    • Strategies for co-producing the design and delivery of safeguarding protocols to tailor them to
    • Obtaining buy-in from leadership, senior staff and trustees to foster a top-down approach to safeguarding
    • Training to all staff on the most up-to-date safeguarding policies and procedures: tips and advice

    Sally Carr MBE, Chair of the NYA Safeguarding Advisory Group, NYA(CONFIRMED)

  • Case study: Honing the Multi Agency Approach to Ensure Service Users are Effectively Protected

    • Collaborating with local organisations to develop and share strategies to prevent abuse in all forms
    • Providing support to local organisations to self-evaluate and measure the effectiveness of their safeguarding practices
    • Exchanging information between collaborators to streamline data collection and sharing amongst key stakeholders
    • Improving inter-agency collaboration to address challenges faced by vulnerable youth during their transition to adulthood.

    Keely Parnaby, Head of Peer Services, Inclusion Barnet (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions & Answers Session
  • Lunch Break
  • Case Study: Developing a Strong Safeguarding Culture in the Charity Retail Sector to Combat Physical and Verbal Abuse Incidents 

    Scott Berney, Head of Safeguarding, British Heart Foundation (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Securing the Safety of Young Adults and Children Service Users Through Strong Safeguarding Policies

    • Ensuring all staff who work directly work with children undergo child safeguarding training and are provide with all the necessary tools to best help service users
    • Creating a designated safeguarding lead who is responsible for protection, safety and well-being of children and who staff can bring any concerns to
    • Making sure there are regular reviews of the effectiveness of policies and procedures and update them if they are not performing their functions well
    • Developing a clear escalation process when DBS disclosures are made as well as sharing them when required therefore creating a culture of transparency

    Tamsin Watson, Senior Safeguarding Manager, YoungMinds (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions and Answers Session
  • Breakout Networking: Working in Collaboration to Improve Safeguarding Protocols

    This session will provide you with the opportunity to discuss the main challenges you face working in partnership to improve safeguarding protocols. Allowing you to share their experiences and encourage cross sector collaboration and provide the best services to all those that need them

  • Comfort Break
  • Case Study: Safeguarding: A thread Running Through Everything We Do

    • How the vulnerability of our service users informs our approach to safeguarding.
    • Our journey from basic to excellent safeguarding practice to put children’s welfare at the heart of our organisation
    • The importance of safeguarding training at all levels and accountability of the trustees
    • Empowering our team to understand the importance of their role while working in partnership with the NHS

    Molly Franklin, Giggle Doctor Programme Manager, The Theodora Children’s Charity (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Reimagining Safety Beyond Safeguarding: Best Practice in Safeguarding Black, Minoritised and Migrant Women Fleeing Gendered Violence.

    Jasmine Mohammad, Director, Safety4Sisters (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions & Answers Session
  • Chair’s Summary and Close

    *Programme subject to change

Who Should Attend

Who Should Attend?

Delegates who will have an interest in this event will be people who work in the Voluntary Sector.

*This Conference is open to Public, Private and Third Sectors

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285


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