Safeguarding for community halls
What are your responsibilities?
It’s sometimes said that village hall charities don’t have much responsibility for ensuring people using the venue are safe from harm, because that’s up to the organisers of all the different activities that take place in halls. Obviously it’s true that hirers have a key role in ensuring (as best they can) the safety and well-being of their participants, but the village hall committee has an important role too.
Guidance documents and information
ACRE, our national partner charity, recently revised their safeguarding guidance booklet and model policy, as part of a project funded by the National Lottery Community Fund. This booklet is part of a library of resources available to community buildings in Hampshire. Please email us to receive the booklet and see our website for details of the other information we have.
Charity Commission guidance: Safeguarding duties for charity trustees
Disclosure and Barring Service: guidance leaflets
(particularly see ‘Working with adults in the charity sector’ and the parallel leaflet regarding children)
DBS eligibility checker tool: on the main DBS guidance page
Training opportunities and local contacts
This session is ideal for charity trustees, especially if you are taking on the role to lead for the Hall’s management committee on safeguarding issues. It costs £25 per person and should take around 3 hours to complete.
NSPCC – training and resources for those working with children (i.e. under-18s)
Hampshire Safeguarding Children’s Partnership – local training and information
Ann Craft Trust – safeguarding adults courses
Hampshire Safeguarding Adults Board – local training and information
Your local Council for Voluntary Service may also offer safeguarding training. Look up the CVS covering your area on the Hampshire CVS Network website.
NHS Safeguarding app
This app has been developed to act as a comprehensive resource for healthcare professionals, carers, and citizens. It provides 24-hour, mobile access to legislation and guidance on safeguarding for people at all life stages.
The app also provides information on how to report a safeguarding concern and has a directory of safeguarding contacts for every local authority in England, searchable by region.
Full details are on the NHS England website.
Hampshire organisations should report any concerns about the welfare of a child or adult to Hampshire County Council, or to the Police if someone is in imminent danger. Specific links for children and adults are below:
Report a concern about an adult (someone aged 18+)
Report a concern about a child (someone aged 17 or under)