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Research conducted by accountacy firm Haysmacintyre has shown a stark increase in the number of charities citing safeguarding as a key area of concern in 2019. 28% of charities surveyed said safeguarding was a principle risk - up from 8% the previous year.

The increased concern about safeguarding isn't particularly surprising "given the continued media focus on this area and wider awareness within the sector" according to the annual report.

Dramatic increase in the number of charities citing safeguarding as one of their biggest concerns

Charities are clearly becoming more open to discussing safeguarding issues and acknowledging the risks that they pose which is a massive step in the right direction.

That's why Forum Training is delighted to be running the annual Safeguarding Children in Charities Conference - to help charities understand their legal obligations. That's alongside providing practical guidance to ensure that staff and volunteers are safely recruited, aware of their safeguarding responsibilities and fully compliant with your charity’s duty of care obligations.

Understand the key challenges and barriers when it comes to prioritising safeguarding and childwelfare. Learn how to go beyond compliance and develop essential partnerships

Be confident you are meeting your legal responsibilities – including duty of care, regulatory obligations and latest legislative framework and guidance

Learn how to handling incidents, allegations and respond to concerns more effectively – including whistle-blowing, damage limitation, incident investigation and support structures

Enhance your practices when it comes to staffing - from volunteer recruitment and interview checks to compliance and on-going training and development


09:00 - 09:25

Networking & coffee break

09:25 - 09:30

Chairperson's introduction

09:30 - 10:15

Prioritising safeguarding and child welfare - developing a culture of safety in your charity

The role of charities in safeguarding children

Key challenges and barriers

Reputational risk and public expectations

Beyond compliance – strengthening your organisational culture

Developing partnerships with other charities and umbrella organisations

10:15 - 11.00

Understanding and meeting your legal responsibilities

Changes to the scope of safeguarding and your duty of care

Charity Commission Guidance – regulatory obligations

The legislative framework – The Children Act 2004 and the Children and Social Work Act 2017

Latest DfE Statutory Guidance – Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018

11.00 - 11:30

Morning coffee break

11.30 - 12.15

Identifying and managing the risks - delivery of services and protecting children from harm

What are the key risks and how are they developing?

Assessing likelihood and potential impact, and putting robust controls in place

Multi-agency arrangements – including working with local safeguarding partners

Monitoring risk and conducting risk assessments

12:15 - 13:00

Safeguarding policies and procedures - putting in place proactive measures and keeping them up to date

What do you need to include in your policy?

Embedding safeguarding into other organisational policies

Are your procedures effective in practice and fit for purpose?

Responding to evolving risks online

Robust data protection and online security practices

13.00- 13:45

Networking lunch

13:45 - 14:30

Handling incidents, allegations and responding to concerns

Setting clear whistle-blowing procedures

Handling abuse allegations – including damage limitation

Conducting thorough incident investigations

Learning from incidents to strengthen policy

Putting in place future support structures for victims and families

By Nat Maher, Founder of Kerning the Gap

By Nat Maher, Design leader and Founder of Kerning the Gap

By Nat Maher, Design leader and Founder of Kerning the Gap

14:30 - 15:15

Safer recruitment and selection of staff and volunteers

Attracting the right candidates

Best interview practice – meeting safeguarding criteria

What is required from a DBS check?

Obtaining and checking references

Post-recruitment – induction and supervision

By Nat Maher, Founder of Kerning the Gap

By Nat Maher, Design leader and Founder of Kerning the Gap

By Nat Maher, Design leader and Founder of Kerning the Gap

15:15 - 15:30

Afternoon break

15:30 - 16.15

Staff and volunteers – awareness, compliance and training

Understanding safeguarding issues and their responsibilities

Ensuring compliance – oversight and accountability

What are appropriate levels of training?

Ongoing training – including around online safety, radicalisation and safeguarding in faith communities


Close of conference


Liz is a specialist safeguarding consultant with 15 years’ experience in social care across children and adults services in local government and the voluntary sector. She also acts as a Specialist Adviser to the CQC and has acted as Safeguarding Lead on a number of inspections.

Liz has led safeguarding reviews at a number of organisations including the Alzheimer’s Society, The City of London and a group of early years childcare providers. In this work she has examined organisational safeguarding policies and procedures, safer recruitment practices, training provision and materials, response to incidents, organisational culture and governance arrangements, made recommendations and helped organisations to formulate improvement plans.

Liz has also worked with housing associations, CCGs and NHS Trusts to examine quality assurance processes and organisations’ investigation of, response to and learning from serious incidents. Liz has frontline experience of working in child protection and safeguarding adults and a strong academic background with a Master’s degree in Social Work, from Royal Holloway, and a Master’s degree in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge.

Elizabeth Anderson

Independent Safeguarding Consultant

Wade has a 28 year Social Work career which has primarily been in the field of Safeguarding. He has held national strategic safeguarding posts in a number national charities.

Wade Tidbury

Safeguarding Professional

More speakers to be announced soon!

  • Child Protection Leads
  • Managers and Trainees
  • Safeguarding Leads
  • Community Liaison
  • Family Liaison
  • Heads of Health and Safety
  • Charity Managers
  • Volunteer Managers
  • Trustees
  • Chief Executives
  • Board Members

Who should attend?


16th January 2020

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