Stone King has a wealth of knowledge and many years of experience advising charities and not-for-profit organisations on a wide range of safeguarding issues. Our Safeguarding Team provides clients with timely and co-ordinated advice, delivered by a team of specialists.
We understand the legal requirements and Charity Commission expectations in relation to safeguarding and offer the legal and practical expertise to provide prompt and pragmatic advice; and have a deep understanding of safeguarding issues affecting the charity and not-for-profit sector. We feel strongly as a team that charities should go beyond the legal minimum and focus on supporting organisations to create a committed safeguarding culture, ensuring openness and accountability and adherence to best practice.
- Our Team
We recognise that safeguarding impacts a range of practice areas, and therefore our Team includes specialist lawyers from a range of disciplines, including:
- Charity and governance
- Employment & HR
- Information Law (including Data Protection)
- Regulatory (including Health and Safety)
- Dispute Resolution
- How we can help
A key strength of our Safeguarding Team is the breadth and depth of the team’s expertise. We can provide support and advice on a diverse range of matters including:
- Drafting safeguarding policies and procedures for charities and not-for-profit organisations
- Bespoke safeguarding training for charities and not-for-profit organisations
- Creating a safeguarding culture within your charity or organisation
- Protecting beneficiaries’ interests
- DBS checks and eligibility and referrals to the DBS
- DBS compliance requirements and compliance visits for Registered Bodies
- Safeguarding and charity volunteers
- Good governance and common governance issues for charities in relation to safeguarding
- Regulatory interaction with the Charity Commission, including serious incident reporting, advising on Inquiries etc.
- Risk management and assessment process for charities working closely with children and adults at risk, or those whose work brings them into contact with vulnerable groups
- Charities working overseas
- Liaising with multi-agency bodies
- Responding to an immediate safeguarding crisis including comms planning
- Peer-on-peer abuse
- Assisting where there is an ongoing criminal process
- Handling allegations against employees and volunteers
- Responding to historic allegations of abuse
- Safe Recruitment
- Prevent duty
If you need advice and support relating to a safeguarding issue or need to review your safeguarding approach or put in place safeguarding policies and procedures, please contact Tim Rutherford or Sarah Clune.