Safeguarding for Charities

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
  • Education
  • Employment & HR
  • Information Law (including Data Protection)
  • Family
  • Regulatory (including Health and Safety)
  • Crime
  • 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
  • Inquests

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.

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