Community First Safeguarding

Community First’s national network member, Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) has been awarded over £100k from the National Lottery Community Fund to promote good safeguarding practice to village and community halls throughout England.

We are going to use this page to share resources and best practice and welcome others to contribute to this development.

Background: https://acre.org.uk/our-work/safeguarding

Some further resources:

Local Safeguarding:

Whether you are part of a spontaneous community response or an established voluntary, community or social enterprise, you have a duty of care to those you are volunteering with and to those in your community you are supporting;

Your responsibilities:
Safeguard yourself if you are a volunteer supporting your community. Ideally follow a lone working policy, but at the very least make sure someone knows where you are going and when they can expect you to report back to them that you are safe;

Have safeguarding in your mind for yourself and others. Be vigilant and be observant and if you suspect an issue, see contact numbers below to report;

Warn people not to give their personal information to others unless they are sure who is collecting it, why they are collecting it and what they intend to do with it. It is OK to say no. 

Do not open attachments or links in emails which are coronavirus related or other emails unless you are totally confident of the source;

During the floods we are aware of fraudulent crowdfunding sites being set up appealing for funds to do good. If you are donating, make sure it is to a legitimate organisation, such as your local Community Foundation. There is one for Worcestershire and one for Herefordshire;

If you are a legally constituted voluntary, community or social enterprise organisation, you need to have insurance in place and check your policy covers you for what you are doing, especially consider your need to have professional indemnity and public liability insurance, aswell as safeguarding policy and procedure in place. 

CONTACTS TO REPORT A SAFEGUARDING CONCERN

Children’s Services Access Centre 01905 768054 or 0845 607 2000

Adult Safeguarding Team 01905 768053

Out of hours Emergency Duty Team 01905 768020

Warwickshire and West Mercia Prevent Team Prevent@warwickshireandwestmercia.pnn.police.uk

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has published a tool which contains a step by step guide to help charities in England with safeguarding concern  https://safeguarding.culture.gov.uk/