Sarah is an Associate Solicitor and Professional Support Lawyer (PSL) in the Charities & Social Enterprise Team at Stone King LLP.
She advises charities on all aspects of safeguarding vulnerable groups including safer recruitment, DBS checks and barred list checks, safeguarding and other policies, the legal duty to refer, training for trustees and other members of staff and volunteers. Every organisation working with vulnerable groups needs to think carefully about its approach to safeguarding and Sarah works with clients to support them in putting in place safeguarding measures appropriate for their organisation.
Sarah also advises charities on the policies that they should have in place including policies that the Charity Commission expects charities to have in place following changes made to the Annual Return in 2014. These include policies on risk management, investment, conflicts of Interest, volunteer management, complaints handling and many more. Sarah produces comprehensive sets of policies for newly registered charities and also carries out reviews of existing policies for established charities to ensure that they are up to date with legal requirements and fit for purpose.
In her role as a PSL within the team, Sarah is responsible for devising the team's training programme, staying on top of legal developments within the sector, drafting precedents for use by the team, editing our client publications 'Spotlight' for the charity sector and our 'Faith Bulletin' for faith organisations. She also writes articles for external publications including the Solicitors Journal Charity Update, Civil Society, Governance Magazine and LexisNexis.
Sarah is Chair of the Governing Body at her local primary school which is part of a Multi Academy Trust with responsibility for safeguarding. She has undertaken safeguarding training in her role as well as specific training on the Prevent Duty, keeping children safe online, safer recruitment in education and the updated ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ guidance from the Department for Education. Sarah is a volunteer for the Anaphylaxis Campaign both in a personal and professional capacity. She is a ‘Dementia Friend’ and a member of the Charity Law Association.