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.

The law and practice referred to in this article or webinar has been paraphrased or summarised. It might not be up-to-date with changes in the law and we do not guarantee the accuracy of any information provided at the time of reading. It should not be construed or relied upon as legal advice in relation to a specific set of circumstances.