£1m fund launches to improve charity safeguarding

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and Big Lottery Fund are looking to use online training and other digital resources to help charities improve their response to safeguarding concerns.

Joe Lepper | 13th Dec 18
Image shows people holding a piggy bankmrepresenting a new million pound fund for safeguarding

Online trainers are among those being invited to bid for £1.14m worth of Big Lottery Fund and government funding to bolster safeguarding practices across the charity sector.

The Safeguarding Training Fund will provide funding until 2022 to improve access to training, support and advice to help improve charities’ safeguarding practice regarding children and vulnerable adults.

Being sought are organisations that can provide “high quality resources which will be freely available to the voluntary sector to improve safeguarding practice.” Funding is also available to organisations that can share these resources, which include online training packages, to grassroots charities and community groups.

Bids are being sought  for the Safeguarding Training Fund from those with specialist knowledge in safeguarding and expertise in developing online training and resources.

The money can be used on staff, volunteer and management costs as well as legal fees and monitoring and evaluation. It will not cover capital costs and activities “where profit will be distributed for private gain.”

Digital solutions needed to help report concerns

Funding to help charities improve safeguarding were announced by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in October.

This pledged to develop “digital solutions” to help charities report concerns and aid whistle-blowing within organisations.

This followed a raft of safeguarding scandals in the charity sector in recent years, involving aid charities including Oxfam.

Between February and September this year charities submitted more than 2,000 reports of serious safeguarding issues and incidents, according to the Charity Commission.